history of socialism

The Familiar Road to Socialism

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:16

John Loeffler

July 31, 2021

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"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme:" a quote attributed to author Mark Twain. We see today the seedlings of socialism beginning to burst through here in the U.S. and it looks awfully familiar. First up this week is Andrei Znamenski (notesonliberty.com), Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He grew up in the Soviet Union before coming here in 1991 and is an expert in the lead-up to the Bolshevik movement of 1917. He describes the beginning of communism in Russia where they would shut down intellectual debate, control the media, and institute a repressive cancel culture. Where have we heard that before?

The Christian Church has been affected by this change, with some leaders and pastors compromising the Church's doctrines to cater to the secularized culture. Back with us this week after a long hiatus is Ken Ham (answersingenesis.org), CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. He looks to help prepare Christians to take a bold stand, defend God's Word, and take on the worldly culture. The Church should cease compromising because in the troubled times ahead, with the enemies already inside the gates, the solid foundation of Truth will be a much needed weapon.

Finally this week, we take a look at censorship and the violation of the free speech rights of millions of Americans. Wrapping up the show is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses President Trump's class action lawsuit against social media companies, the need to apply fair rules to everyone equally, and how the repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could help change the culture and founding principles of the country.

Every time socialism has been tried, it has failed and it has failed partly because government tried planning every aspect of everyone's life: an endeavor doomed to crash and burn every time.  Joining us today is Andrei Znamenski (notesonliberty.com), Professor of History at the University of Memphis.  He moved here after his childhood in Russia and has studied the lead-up to the Bolshevik movement.  He describes the beginning of communism in Russia and how the powers that be shut down intellectual debate, controlled the media, and instituted a repressive cancel culture.  I think it's obvious the U.S. is on a very similar path today.  Consider us warned.

Tactical Lying

Broadcast Running Time: 1:15:12

John Loeffler

September 12, 2020

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A recent article in the American Mind on the upcoming leftist coup has set the political world on fire. The author of that article, Michael Anton (www.americanmind.org), Lecturer in Politics at Hillsdale University, is with us to discuss his thoughts. The Left will fight for this election no matter the outcome or the damage to the system and will blame whatever happens on President Trump. If they achieve power they believe they may never relinquish it.

Next up, John and Producer Steve sit down to try and make sense of the tactical lying coming from the media. Truth is being distorted and the recent article in The Atlantic trouncing the President for being disrespectful to our military is but one example.

John goes on to examine the choice we have this fall: freedom or socialism. He gives a brief analysis of why socialism has never worked in the history of the world.

Finally, in this week's boralogue, John looks at the Middle East peace process and analyzes why it hasn't worked up to this point. After years of Palestinian leadership refusing to negotiate, the new strategy is to apprehend reality and upend the status quo. This has brought about alliances no one could predict, but once the old paradigm assumptions were removed, it became obvious those alliances were actually needed.

We remember the 9/11 victims and their families who suffered 19 years ago when reality became all too real in New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and across America. Our prayers are with them.

Bill Federer Part 1: History of Socialism

Broadcast Running Time: 32:54

John Loeffler

September 7, 2020

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We all know the answer to this question: has socialism ever worked in the history of it being tried? Author and historian Bill Federer (www.americanminute.com) joins us for part 1 of a two-part series on the ravages of socialism. He takes us on a whirlwind tour of historical references in literature of perfect, utopic places, but even in those examples it never seems to turn out well. The Pilgrims put this into practice when they arrived here in 1620, but it too failed, forcing them to abandon it in favor of private property.

Bill discusses the transition in society from a covenant based on God to contracts where God was replaced by the State. The French Revolutionists wanted a society without God but it failed. Many church leaders today claim that the Bible advocates for socialism, but Bill gives several examples refuting that.