Thursday, February 4, 2010

"The Bible Opposes Socialism: Part 3" (Steve C. Halbrook)

Because of its spendthrift nature, the socialist state tends toward heavy taxation and borrowing. This results in enslavement of virtually the entire nation. When the elders of Israel rejected God for a king like that of the pagan nations, Samuel warned of several acts of tyranny by their future king, including ten percent taxation:
He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.” (1 Samuel 8:15)
He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves.” (1 Samuel 8:17)
Note how verse 17 ends—“and you shall be his slaves.” Ten percent taxation (or more) is national enslavement. Such enslavement socialism, with its excessively high taxes needed for wealth redistribution and “welfare” programs, fosters. (Ten percent taxation is actually modest by today’s socialist standards.)

Moreover, socialism enslaves the nation by the excessive borrowing needed for its programs. Proverbs 22:7 says, The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” In socialism, the state acts as the lender, and coerces the people into becoming enslaved borrowers.

Thus, socialism is a form of public slavery, where the people, in the words of Eric Holmberg, act as “the slave-labor force for some grand federal plantation” (Vorthos Forum, “Government-Sanctioned Theft—the IRS”).

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