Take from the Rich and Give to the Rich:
I’ve been pondering the very unbelievable statement made by Barack Hussein Obama, “Voting’s the best revenge.” Five categories of people appear to be targets of such revenge – Capitalists, Americans, Christians, Men and Caucasians. Many people seem inspired by this “get even” mentality and it appears that President Obama is the poster child. Some people actively, aggressively and knowingly pursue this agenda. However, the average voter who relates to this agenda does so in response to underlying, undefined feelings that trigger affinity.
Revenge on Capitalists
Karl Marx lives on. It serves us well to realize that among certain influential people, Marxist thinking is increasingly common and appealing. Marxism emphasizes that the bourgeoisie (the rich, successful business owner) pursues personal gain at the expense and detriment of the poor, oppressed worker and is the core of our social ills. Surely, abuses exist within Capitalism, but we are not to assess a system upon its abuses but upon proper, consistent adherence to its core principles. Stated briefly, Capitalism emphasizes that ingenuity, entrepreneurial efforts and hard work by a private individual (in contrast to opposed to a government agency) in a free market can contribute to the production of goods and services, encouraging personal and national prosperity. Ingenuity, hard work and responsible labor are consistent with God’s design for human beings. Marx and the neo-Marxist, bent on getting revenge upon Capitalists indicate such arrangement produces oppression. Surely, abuses of the Capitalist approach are possible and when they occur, they need correction. However, those who target capitalism for revenge emphasize and characterize the abuses and departures as the essence of the system. As such, they view Capitalism and Capitalists as enemies. Instead of acknowledging abuses as abuses and working toward correction, the entire system and those characterized as benefiting from this system (the mean, oppressive, successful business owners), is demonized and radical resistance becomes the agenda. The primal impulse to “get even” is a major, emotional factor that comes into play with such a “revenge agenda.” Hate mongers that label all opposition as hate mongers, know how to use such emotional factors as leverage to control people and advance their agenda. The Marxist approach toward righting this wrong is revolution. The proletariat (the oppressed working class) must rise up and throw off the bonds of oppression. As not all revolutions consist of violent overthrow, the neo-Marxist approach is a subtle, strategic (largely manipulative and underhanded) revolution. Despite all the in-depth, idealistic rhetoric offered by neo-Marxist thinkers, the only thing we will find replacing a capitalist society is an entitlement society. We then find that such entitlements, goods and services are dispensed by Government-controlled agencies. The citizens of the nation become servants of the government in order to create goods and services for the government to provide to the citizens of the nation. This creates a “large,” controlling governmental structure that is characteristic of socialist and communist systems. This creates subjects who are dependent upon the goods and services dispensed by government agencies, under government control. If you look carefully, you can see this process unfolding before our eyes. All of this takes place under the guise of compassion, care for the needy, the poor, and the oppressed victims of a cruel and heartless bourgeoisie.
An interesting twist in the revenge saga is that many who currently employ neo-Marxist views are doing so for personal gain. It involves an effort to gain power and control in contrast to having actual compassion and concern for the poor, oppressed working class. Successful revenge against Capitalism results in the Federal Government controlling more societal structures, “caring” for the masses by way of entitlements. “Caring” for them poorly, I might add. Further, the limited few overseeing such control stand to gain financial benefit, not from ingenuity and entrepreneurial efforts but from manipulation and deception under the guise of care, concern and compassion.
Interestingly, departures from a proper approach toward Capitalism and the activities of those currently seeking revenge on Capitalists are motivated by the very same factor, corruption. Addressing corruption as the essential problem behind our social ills (in contrast to opposed to Capitalism, Americans, Men, Caucasians or Christians) could produce positive strides forward. However, it is very difficult to identify and wage war against corruption in a morally relativistic culture in which corruption serves one’s purpose.
Unless there is an active effort to prevent this slide into a socialist society with its accompanied loss of liberty and growing government control, unless we “take heed, keep on the alert” (Mk.13:33), we can expect that we and our children will soon live in a radically transformed nation. The revenge mentality does not lead to correcting flaws in a good system; it leads to trashing the entire thing and ushering in a completely new system. This is likely characteristic of the change in the Hope and Change of the 2008 campaign. This transformation is underway while many, including the Christian community, are fast asleep (Mt.13:25), sadly unaware and completely distracted and entangled by the cares of this life (Mt.13:19-22; 2 Ti.2:4). Numb from pursuit of personal happiness, comfort and convenience, entertaining ourselves to death, we allow the trickery of men and the craftiness of deceitful scheming (Ep.4:14) to work its magic as our liberty disappears. Lack of intelligent awareness has manifested itself in the outcome of our most-recent presidential election. Increased understanding and awareness must manifest itself in our efforts to prevent this slide into Socialism encouraged by the current democratic administration and Revenge Seekers.
 Ludwig von Mises wrote, “…the main objective of capitalists is to produce for the broad masses.” von Mises, Ludwig (2010-12-08). Marxism Unmasked (LvMI) (Kindle Locations 444-445). Ludwig von Mises Institute. Kindle Edition.
 Among many groups claiming to champion the cause of “victims” of social evils there are hidden agendas. Association with such a cause is an effective way to convince the naïve that you are compassionate, thereby gaining their support.
 The Obama campaign slogan was Hope and Change. Unfortunately, few investigated the nature of such change.
 We are to give attention to such things, however, we are not to be distracted by, entangled with and governed by such things.