George Santayana famously said that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. That was demonstrated when a Florida representative made a remarkable claim last week on the floor of the state House of Representatives. He claimed socialism never killed anyone.
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), representing the University of Central Florida area (Orlando), defended “democratic socialism” with this amazing statement: “These are semi-allegations that socialism has killed people around the world. My question is, ‘Are you at all concerned that by focusing on democratic socialism, which has exactly resulted in no deaths, no one being physically harmed, and not addressing the very real problem of neo-Nazism, white supremacy, and fascism in the last four years, we are sending a very bad message?’”
Socialism has harmed no one, brought no deaths? To condemn socialism sends “a very bad message”?
Socialism, beginning with its anti-God premise, has caused immeasurable harm all over the world.
First of all, the Nazi movement itself was the National German workers’ socialist party. The Nazis caused an abundance of “physical harm” and death. The Holocaust, which killed six million Jews and millions of other victims according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, could not have taken place if the National Socialists in Germany had not been able to seize power.
Secondly, the socialist countries that went full-bore into communism resulted in tens of millions of deaths. Socialism and communism are two sides of the same coin – the communist side being more violent than socialism.
But to implement true socialism, forced government redistribution of wealth, the state resorts to violence. It happens everywhere socialism is fully implemented.