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George Santayana famously said that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. That was demonstrated when a Florida Democratic 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, 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 Socialist German Workers’ Party. The Nazis caused an abundance of physical harm and death. The Holocaust, which killed 6 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 seized power.
Secondly, the socialist countries that went full-bore into communism resulted in tens of millions of deaths.
Karl Marx regarded socialism as a transitional stage to communism. When the government begins forcing the redistribution of wealth, the state resorts to violence. It happens everywhere socialism is fully implemented.
If one argues that the AOCs, the Guillermo Smiths and Bernie Sanderses of the world are not talking about that kind of socialism, but rather the more gentle “democratic” kind as found in the Scandinavian countries, I would disagree. What you have in Norway, Denmark and Sweden are capitalist societies with generous state welfare programs.
I know Norway firsthand, having been married there and having visited a dozen times with my Norwegian-born wife. Throughout the country, you see bustling capitalism at work, which is then heavily taxed for social welfare programs. You also see an overall homogenous society still coasting on its Protestant work ethic. What you don’t see is the iron fist of socialism-communism at work.
Meanwhile, the trail of death and physical harm from socialism and communism is immense.
In 1999, Harvard University Press published “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression.”
Writing for The New York Times, Tony Judge calls the book an “800-page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, recorded and analyzed in ghastly detail by a team of scholars.”
“The facts and figures, some of them well known, others newly confirmed in hitherto inaccessible archives, are irrefutable,” he wrote. “The myth of the well-intentioned founders – the good czar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs – has been laid to rest for good. No one will any longer be able to claim ignorance or uncertainty about the criminal nature of Communism, and those who had begun to forget will be forced to remember anew.”
In his foreword to the book, author Martin Malia notes, “Communist regimes did not just commit criminal acts (all states do so on occasion); they were criminal enterprises in their very essence: on principle, so to speak, they all ruled lawlessly, by violence, and without regard for human life.” Many of the contributors to the book were former, disillusioned socialists-communists.
And it all began with their false premise that there is no God. No God, no accountability. What a shock Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Castro must have faced when they died – and found out, indeed, there is divine accountability after all.
For all of the United States of America’s flaws – and we hear about them ad nauseum – the Founders recognized that our rights comes from the Creator. In a purely socialist state, the state is god, and it is the government that bestows rights – or takes them away. And there is no higher appeal than the state.
In his 1996 book “The Quest for God,” the great British historian Paul Johnson points out: “The evil done in our times is beyond computation and almost beyond the imagination of our forebears. More than 150 million people have been killed by state violence in [the 20th] century … the two greatest institutional tyrannies of the century – indeed of all time – the Nazi Reich and the Soviet Union, were Godless constructs: modern paganism in the first case and openly proclaimed atheist materialism in the second. The death-camps and the slave-camps were products not of God but of anti-God.”
And it began with forcing socialism on people.
Only by ignoring history can anyone claim that socialism has not caused harm in the world.
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Big Tech censorship has been expanding beyond just Conservatives… Christians are next!
While many of us have been warning about the coming persecution of Christians, I don’t think any of us thought that it would be ramping up so quickly. While we are luckily not facing physical persecution yet, such as beatings or death, we are facing censorship, deplatforming and even jail time in some instances. These are just the birth pangs of what is coming next.
While we still have a voice here at The GateKeepers, we are doing everything that we can to bypass the algorithmic walls put up by Big Tech and the Social Media companies like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our videos used to get thousands of views across all of our platforms, while now they are being throttled and hardly getting distributed at all. An added wrinkle is that, while our video content is seeing lower views, traffic to our website has never been higher. Over the past year we’ve seen a 700% increase in traffic, and it’s been amazing to experience this kind of growth. Because of this, we’ll be launching GKTV very soon, hosting all of our shows exclusively on our platform.
While The GateKeepers started out as nothing more than a blog for me to post my articles, it has now expanded into a podcast network featuring fifteen shows, a publishing company that has published three books over the past year and we are now hosting conferences on a regular basis. We’ve seen the addition of contributors to The GateKeepers such as Denise McAllister, Pastor Cary Gordon, Pastor Ken Peters, Dr Mike Spaulding, Dr Bobby Lopez and many other amazing Christian leaders. Our lineup of shows has expanded, as well, featuring shows such as The Shining Light Podcast, Conversations with Jeff, The Big Brown Gadfly, Battlefront: SouthGate and The Verum Monitae Report with Dr Mike Spaulding, in addition the the several other shows we also carry on The GateKeepers.
While we’ve seen some amazing growth and expansion, we are also working hard to make this be a long-term play, and with that comes with how to fund our work here. I’ve intentionally not turned The GateKeepers into a non-profit organization because I don’t want to become beholden to the government, and I also don’t want to be focused on sending out fundraising letters constantly begging for money like most non-profit ministries do.
Instead, we have our online book store, are hosting online conferences and have our Plugged In membership program. Right now we are funded exclusively through these three different avenues. We are especially excited about our Plugged In membership, as this brings so much added value to you as a thank you for supporting our work here at The GateKeepers.
Becoming a Plugged In member provides access to the weekly episode of The GateKeepers Podcast, the monthly episode of Connected, free access to all of our online conferences, the recordings from previous online conferences and 30% off in The GK Store. If you would like to support us by becoming a Plugged In member, click here.
However, we’ve also been getting a lot of requests from supporters asking how they can donate to help support The GateKeepers. We are extremely grateful for these requests, as this will help us to expand even further and provide more quality Biblical content. If you would like to help support to The GateKeepers, you can donate through PayPal here.