The murderous legacy of statism

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

— C.S. Lewis

Whether you call it “progressivism,” “liberalism,” or any of a hundred other names, the worldview of the modern Left is rooted in a history of genocidal violence. The Democrat Party has boldly embraced this ideology, and more than a few Republicans have quietly followed suit. They believe human nature is malleable, that utopia can be achieved, and that they are morally justified in bringing it to pass. To achieve their goal, they have become statists.

Statism definition

When statists take control of a national government, that nation always starts down a path toward mass murder. Unless the statists are removed from power, this is what happens:

What progressivism leads to

Modern “progressives” are just utopian statists wrapped in warm fuzzy language and feel-good slogans. Utopian statism leads to this:

Lest you think this is all theoretical opposition on my part, allow me to refute that notion right now. My parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents are refugees from the Soviet invasion of Estonia and Latvia in 1944.  Had they not escaped in time, many of them would have been deported to Siberia — or worse.  My father’s earliest memory involves being helped onto the very last German troop transport ship fleeing the capital city of Tallinn on his 4th birthday, and being given a precious gift of a piece of candy by a German soldier.  That was September 22nd, 1944.  Members of my family who couldn’t leave in time did wind up disappearing into the Gulag Archipelago in Siberia. Brutally warring communists and nazis — utopian statists all — very nearly got my father killed at age 4.

I will resist progressives, their agenda, and their lethally foolish theories until the day I die.