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Socialism and total control

ByRev. R.J. Rushdoony

One of the things we shall hear more and more about these daysis planning. Master plans are either being developed for every community,county, state, business, and group, or else are slated for development. Hand inhand with this go plans for data banks, master files giving full information onevery individual, organization, or group. Some of the statements made by theplanners are alarming. Thus, Mel Scott, in proposing a metropolitan areagovernment for Southern California, said, "One of these days there will bebrought into being in this metropolitan region an urban resettlementagency...It should be the most unorthodox agency ever conceived and should befree to experiment with a great variety of services, projects, methods andlegal powers." On the other hand, some planners are themselves alarmed atthe potential menace in planning. Whether liberals or socialists, they believethat their planning is for the good of man, and the dangerous overtones ofplanning frighten them. Thus, planner Albert Mindlin has asked, "Inmarching courageously forward to a 1984 Utopia, are we not also blindly pavingthe way for a possible 1984 Big Brother?"

The answer is obviously yes.Socialism rests on two foundations: First, managed money, counterfeit money, or paper money. Since moneyis the life-blood of economics, control of an economy requires control ofmoney. When money controls begin, socialism ensues, whether it is intended ornot. Second, planning is the next requirement. To manage an economy it isnecessary to increase the controls over the economy, and this calls for everincreasing planning and finally total planning. To manage the economy, you mustcontrol and plan it, and the control begins with money and spreads to everyaspect of every man's life.

Planning means several things. First, itsgoal is total control over man in order to provide man all the benefitssocialism offers. For socialism to function, total control is necessary. Second, thismeans that there must be a total plan forman. We shall hear more and more about total planning. It is impossible to goto any corner of the United States and escape a master plan for the area, andfor yourself. Socialism wants to save man, and to save man it must plan andcontrol his life.Third, toplan and control man, it is necessary to have total knowledge aboutman. As a result, data banks and master files are being accumulated to providethat total knowledge about every man, community, group, vocation, and allthings else.

A Marxist, Maurice Cornforth,in an important work, Marxism and the Linguistic Philosophy (International Publishers, 1965) haswritten, "The goal of socialist politics and socialist planning is,obviously, to produce an absolute abundance of goods and services, so that allthat anyone can need is available to him. And, apart from obstacles of externalinterference, natural calamities and errors of planning, all of which aresurmountable, there is no reason why this goal should not be reached" (p.327).

In total planning, the state takes the place of God, and itgives us predestination by man, predestination by the socialist state, as thesubstitute for God's predestination. But, as Cornforth said, to accomplishthis, the state must be free from opposition, natural disasters (which areunplanned, as droughts and floods always are), and also free from human errors.This is quite an order!

What happens in reality when the state begins to plan? Thestronger the state becomes, the more extensive becomes its planning, and themore serious its penalties for non-conformity. The statistics of a statedecline in accuracy to the same ratio as the state increases in power. Apowerful state demands success of its bureaucracy, and it demands conformity.It gets conformity but not success. Every Five Year Plan in the Soviet Unionwas planned on the basis of statistics provided by every division of state andindustry, and agriculture as well. The statistics were dishonest. Men wereafraid to report the chaos which existed in their area, and they provideddoctored statistics as a result. The Soviet planning rested therefore onerroneous statistics. When the plan ended, who wanted to report failure and goto Siberia? Everyone reported success. Thus the plan was a success; the USSRwas gaining on the US, and people were starving when statistics reported a goodharvest!

It is not necessary, however, to go to the Soviet Union fordishonest statistics. They exist everywhere and in all states. When theEuropean powers took over Africa, they worked to civilize it. Cannibalism wasoutlawed. Now every good colonial administrator wanted to report success andgain promotion, and so they reported a steady decline in cannibalism and a risein civilization. Thus they went on to a higher post after claiming a 30%decline in cannibalism. Their successors followed a similar practice, untilcannibalism was statistically abolished and civilization reigned in Africa! Butthe difference between statistics and reality appeared when the colonies gainedindependence and cannibalism revived. Nigeria was regarded as a showplace ofAfrican statehood, with extensive education, British degrees from distinguisheduniversities abounding, and the Prime Minister, Sir Abubaker Tafaw Balewa,knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Unfortunately, on January 15,1965, Sir Abubaker,Sir Ahmado Bello, and other dignitaries proved to be the main course at adinner held "by local democrats and humanitarians."

U.S. statistics, as provided by the federal, state, county, andcity governments are little better, and the higher up one goes, the worse theyget. Statistics are economic data; but, when collected for state usage, theybecome political facts, and they are therefore bent, twisted, and altered tosuit political purposes. A business firm must have accurate statistical data onsales, cost, and production, or it will go out of business. From start tofinish, business statistics are economic facts and are governed by hardeconomic realities. But, from start to finish, under socialism statistics arepolitical facts and are governed by political realities; as a result, economicreality is suppressed, and the result is continued political power for a timetogether with economic chaos.

This is a nemesis of socialism.Socialism cannot work, because first, it tries to assume the role and prerogative of God, which isimpossible. And second, because socialism destroys economic order by giving politicsprimacy and power over economics. And since political management of theeconomic sphere is a basic tenet of socialism, socialism is by nature involvedin a contradiction and an impossibility.

How then does socialism surviveat all? There are two roads for socialist survival: First,socialism is parasitic. It must feed on a healthy body to survive. A parasitecan only live as long as it has a healthy or living body to feed on. When thehost body dies, the parasite either finds another host or dies also. Today, theUS is the host body for the world parasites, and it is bleeding to death. Second becausesocialism is parasitic, it is imperialistic. Every socialist state must captureever fresh countries in order to gut their economies and survive a littlelonger. Whether military or otherwise, imperialism becomes a necessity forsocialism. We need not be surprised then at the continual aggression of asocialistic era.

Master planning thus ends in a masterpiece of anarchy,lawlessness, and confusion. Man's plan is failing everywhere, as it ofnecessity must. God's plan alone remains assured, and we must move in terms ofit.

(Source Roots of Reconstruction,p. 568; Chalcedon Report No. 12, September, 1966)

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony  (1916-2001) was the founder ofChalcedon and a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerousworks on the application of Biblical Law to society.