How About a Socialist Alternative?

January 11, 2012 by
Can you spot the real socialist alternative?

Can you spot the real socialist alternative?

Yesterday as I headed to the polls to vote in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation Presidential primaries, I passed two interesting signs on a primary road I travel frequently.

Strategically placed along this busy road only a few doors apart were a large commercial sign promoting libertarian-leaning GOP candidate Ron Paul and a similarly large handmade sign on cloth promoting an organization called Socialist Alternative next to an Occupy Wall Street "We Are The 99%" sign.

Even though only one sign represents an actual candidate they both represent ideas somewhat different from the mainstream political discussion.

Looking into both camps it's interesting to see both describe their efforts as a "revolution" - but outside of ending our current undeclared wars, their proposed solutions to today's real problems in many cases are as different as night and day.

The difference I find boils down to one key aspect: the value of the individual to the solution.

The Socialist Alternative organization promotes public ownership of large corporations as a top priority, and based on articles on their website,eventually a democratic process for running everything from government to business to schools. Democratic in the sense of majority rule - taking from the "haves" like the "1%" and giving to the "have nots" to make sure everyone is provided for.

Ron Paul on the other hand promotes the supremacy of individual liberty, responsibility and freedoms. On page 65 of his book, Liberty Defined, he warns of the clear and present danger of Democracy unleashed:

"The difference between a democracy and a republic is important. Pure democracy, in which the law itself is up for grabs based on legislative maneuvering, is the enemy of individual rights, and it victimizes the minority. Dictatorial powers, by gaining acceptance by 51 percent of voters and colluding to suppress minorities, are every bit as harmful as a single dictator."

Even more succinctly than that is this line from The Patriot:

"Why should I trade one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 one mile away?"
(Benjamin Martin - played by Mel Gibson)


If we wish to break the failing status quo the question then becomes whether we should place our individual and family well being at the mercy and in the hands of majority mob rule or support the republican-style rule of law, individual liberty and individual responsibility our Constitution is based on?

Whether you're of one of the 99% or the 1% - if you wish to maintain your personal liberty then rule of law must trump majority opinion. Our nation's founders knew this. That's why we pledge allegiance to the flag of a republic today, not a socialist democracy.

The political choices we make for our country, states and communities will affect every aspect of our lives in the years to come. And for those who value the right to provide for themselves and their loved ones, it should be unthinkable not to stand up with those who stand for personal liberty.

So this year my 9-year-old son and I have decided to stand.

For an alternative TO socialism.

Supporting Ron Paul