Socialism can only thrive and last when the rights of the individual are crushed. This became apparent when one compares Gorbachev's Glasnost policies with the brutal events of Tiananmen Square. One hastened the demise of the Soviet system, the other prolonged the rule of the Communist Party in China.
It was the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the 1989 uprisings in China which changed the way socialists operated. Prior to the fall of the Soviets, there were two strategies to spread socialism. The first strategy of applied force had been a long-term failure. The second strategy known as the Long March had made tremendous strides in the western world.
Rather than face the reality of the faulty nature of their system, they embraced the belief that the failures came about because the people had not been adequately prepared for their system. They decided to focus on and intensify the Long March strategy including a push to change social norms and promote rampant immorality. It was believed that as people turned from following the religious traditions they would become less resistant to socialist systems. Think about how much we have changed in the past twenty years, it's not a coincidence.
Why the push for immorality and social disorder? Is it just to fight the influence of religion, or is there more to the strategy? When the people live by a moral code there is far less need for laws to govern behavior. You can see this in the difference between rural and urban communities. In a rural community there is far less crime as a result there is less need for many laws and restrictions which exist in urban environments.
Looking at the nation as a whole, it is easy to see that crime and socially detrimental behavior has been on the rise. As our society abandons the traditional moral code, many people turn to their base instincts. As this occurs the people cry for more laws and restrictions. They willingly give up their cherished freedoms for security.
Nowhere is this trend more prevalent than the dismantling of our 4th Amendment rights. Read the 4th Amendment. A lot of what our law enforcement agencies are doing in the name of public security is a complete violation of our God given rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
What country has the highest per-capita incarceration of any in the world? Is it China or Iran? No, it's us. Yet, we still have one of the highest crime rates in the world. As the people grow more immoral, the laws (out of necessity) will become more restrictive. It is plain to see many freedoms are being lost during this almost unprecedented moral decline.
Libertarians cry that we need more freedoms and less restrictive laws, and, they are right. Social conservatives cry that we need to focus on becoming a moral people, and, they are right. Both are needed and go together hand in hand. You can't be forced to live a moral life, it's something you have to choose; you need liberty. However, liberty cannot be maintained if the people choose immorality:
"Since private and publick Vices, are in Reality, though not always apparently, so nearly connected, of how much Importance, how necessary is it, that the utmost Pains be taken by the Publick, to have the Principles of Virtue early inculcated on the Minds even of children, and the moral Sense kept alive, and that the wise institutions of our Ancestors for these great Purposes be encouraged by the Government. For no people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."-Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, November 4, 1775
Any effort to restore our God given rights without an equal effort to restore our moral tradition, will ultimately fail. We can bring about a temporary restoration of our rights, but without restoring our moral foundation, the justification for limiting our freedoms will eventually win out.
This is the fourth in a six part series on why socialism fails. This one is actually out of sequence of what I plan my final arrangement to be, but I feel impressed to do it now. I'm also going to take a few days off to prepare for my departure from Africa.