The two terms socialism and communism are synonyms. Communism is a very old term, while the term socialism was first coined in France at the end of the 1830s. Up to the year 1917 both were used indiscriminately. Thus Marx and Engels called the program they published in 1848 the Communist Manifesto, while the parties they organized for the realization of this program called themselves socialist parties.
Before 1917 no distinction was made between the two words. When Lenin called his party “communist,” he meant that it was a party sincerely aiming at the realization of socialism as distinct from the parties that, according to Lenin, merely called themselves socialist parties while in fact they were “social traitors” and “servants” of the bourgeoisie. Lenin never pretended that his Communist party had any other goal than the realization of socialism. The official name he gave to his government was?and is?the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. If somebody says he is opposed to communism, but cherishes socialism, he is no more consistent or logical than a man who declares that he is opposed to murder but cherishes assassination.— Ludwig von Mises, Economic Freedom & Interventionism, Chapter 21.
As if I haven’t been busy enough, I’ve been working on two different books. I’ve mentioned one before: “Why Anarchists Should Vote”. The second one has a working title of “Everybody Is Not In Charge”
So far the book is as rough of a draft as there is. I have like 10 pages of mostly thoughts/brain storming and a few short sentences. The book will be mostly on chaos theory and it will be written in the same style as a Gladwell book. A lot of short stories pieced together within an overarching narrative.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt (a really rough one at that):
The great composer of order in society is not any single person or institution. It is an idea. Not just any specific idea, but an idea that can and is embraced by those who participate in society/system. it is only when these notions of individuals come together that society is formed. For it is that idea which sparks movement and sets structure to organization. It is the idea which reveals the path like a lighthouse in the distance.
A lighthouse is not typically a place anyone wants to travel to while a drift on the sea, yet it is vital to anyone who travels by sea. Yet a single lighthouse, like a single idea, is not sufficient to complete a journey. We can not rely on a single lighthouse, it is necessary to have many lighthouses and likewise, many buoys to guide our way. These are all nodes in a system much in the same way ideas are nodes in the fabric of society.
If we were to examine and chart each lighthouse individually on a map, what would we see? We’d be unable to attain direction or location. But once we step back and obtain the position of a second lighthouse, we start to develop a reference. Take another step back; a buoy emerges. Take another; another lighthouse shines. The further out we can see, the more nodes come into view. Soon, the singular points start to plot out a map. This is society, this is the economy, this is the system. This is order from disorder. This is life.
I’m open to all thoughts and suggestions. And if you have stories or anything that you’d like to throw my way, please do so.
Have you ever read Confessions of an Economic Hitman?
Did it change your political beliefs? Did it flip your world view upside down and inside out?