Socialism is the State-Party ownership and management of the means of production and redistribution of the product. Obviously, those who are doing the redistributing… well, we have all seen Tom & Jerry cutting a leg of ham at a kitchen table. That is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted to prevent: the individual’s labor should be rewarded by commensurate gains flowing to the individual who expended the labor – not redistributed by the Party or Government.
The most fundamental adage of socialism/communism is that you must do as you are told and you will receive as much in pay and freedom as the Party deems appropriate. The Party is the State is the Government – there is no difference. It is an impalpable entity overshadowing you as a poor, powerless individual, a slave to the higher cause. Socialism is another word for slavery, because the individual slaves for someone else under the pretense of some higher cause (usually world peace, environment, eradication of poverty…).
Socialism starts with indoctrination, which is fairly easy because it is basically a continuation of parenthood – only taken over by the State. Children do as they are told by the parents, and if the State takes over this relationship (which never happens all at once but by small, imperceptible steps), children will hardly notice it – and parents, after all, are somewhat relieved that they have absolved themselves of personal responsibility. They do not feel they lost their rights or lost their children – and if they do, they either consider it a fair trade-in or rationalize that they would have lost them anyway.
Thus, children grow up into adults who are not individuals but an amorphous mass, followers of the Party-State for the sake of a cause they have been told is virtuous and good, such as depriving people of their Second Amendment rights. Of course, it feels good “to belong” because they were taken away from their family and parents’ ties and influence, and thrown into the socialist pot, with the now fresh craving “to belong.”
The most terrifying thing about socialism is how it exploits the good nature and emotions of every human being – while caring not a fig about their minds or hearts or well-being, because, after all, they were born to be slaves to the higher cause; and while they cannot see, grasp, define the Party-State, they can feel its power, the power of an impeccable, immaculate leader, like Stalin, Mao, Kim Junk… and it is awesome and good, because the Party took away their God and substituted the State in its stead, and we all have the need to feel respect and awe for a higher Power, to aspire, to revere, to become.
Thus, every demonstration, public manifestation, cheering and heckling becomes a religious event. There are no individuals, rights, or causes – save for the one Cause that the Party-State says is righteous. This may change, as becomes politically expedient to the higher-ups who hide behind the mantel of the Party and the Cause, all the while eroding from the individual rights, liberties and wealth, all the while amassing their own – until the former have none and the latter have all. That is full-fledged socialism, in other words: tyrannical system of slavery, absolute rule of the individual and every aspect of their lives… or our lives, should I say?