Margaret Thatcher on the Failures of Socialism

This video, from 35 years ago and a continent away, could have been made here today in America. The issues and the arguments are the same. Thatcher was, for a time, able to slow the seemingly inexorable decline of the UK into moral and economic ruin. Even when her party eventually lost power, the Labour government which succeeded hers incorporated much of her fiscal policy into what they called the “Third Way.” Clinton, despite his leftist sympathies, did much the same with the policies of Reagan.

Now you would think that these issues would be settled, but here we are yet again in 2012 having to fight these same battles over again. We stand at the precipice of ruin once more, brought here by the same rancid ideology that has worked to drag the world into darkness for generations.

Why do those who favor Marxism and its various synonyms never seem to learn? Because ultimately Marxism is not an idea as much as it is a sentiment. It is an emotion, namely resentment, wrapped in rationalization. It is therefore immune to any and all arguments based upon logic or factual analysis. It persists because those who feel it do not change how they feel on the basis of facts. These people are motivated by what they feel far more than the rest of us are motivated by what we know. This is why, time and time again, they must be beat back and thwarted. This is why our work is never done.

“Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.”

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — The Lord of the Rings, Book I, Chapter 2.

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