In a recent issue of National Underwriter, I ran an editorial from one of my senior editors, Trevor Thomas, entitled “Taxes are Not the Problem.” Go ahead and read it for yourself, if you have not done so already. Don’t worry. I’ll be here when you get back.
Welcome back! What did you think of the article? I’m guessing a fair number of you disagreed with the points Trevor made. I’m guessing at least a few of you, if the reader mail I have received so far is any indicator, think that Trevor is clueless at best, and a Socialist or Marxist at worst. Fair enough – Trevor’s a big boy and he’s got a thick skin. And we don’t run editorials so we can force our opinion down people’s throats; we do it to provoke thought and conversation, even when such conversation may disagree strongly with us. As far as I’m concerned, that’s great. It means the readership is talking, and the more it does that, the better. Because you are all part of a large and important community. And any time we say or do something that makes you guys feel more tightly bound to each other, that’s a good thing. Hopefully we will do it more often by making you nod your head and think, “Yes! Exactly!” than by thinking, “What a bunch of maroons. Where do I go to unsubscribe to this thing…?”
So it doesn’t bother me that Trevor’s taking flak for his article. He knew he would when he wrote it, and I knew he would when I published it. What does bother me is how readily people are slinging the terms “socialist” and “Marxist” at him, though. To me, those are fighting words, and here’s why.
As I wrote in a letter to a reader this morning – a letter that will likely appear in the next issue of National Underwriter Life & Health – I visited the Soviet Union when I was a teenager. I got to see firsthand what everyday life over there was like, and let me tell you, I did not like what I saw. The Soviet model was a delivery mechanism only for tyranny, oppression, regression, stagnation and was, in my opinion, a nearly century-long crime against the Russian people and the rest of the world. The ideals of socialism and communism are the sorts of things that can only work on paper, and we have plenty of proof of it. To anyone who doubts, let’s not forget that recently, even Fidel Castro admitted the system was broken. When a guy like him is throwing in the towel, you know the argument has been closed.