America's Great Utopian Success Story
October 2, 2009
Americaís two failed experiments with socialism, Jamestown Colony and
Plymouth Colony have overshadowed Americaís most successful experiment
with socialism. The contrast is stark, so perhaps a retrospective
examination of Americaís successful Utopia is in order. That Utopia
survived for about 246 years, yet so few Americans are aware of its
Utopian character and existence. Liberals are trying to recreate this
Utopia but may be ignorant of its existence and success. For their
benefit and ours, letís review some of the facts. For the sake of
brevity, I shall henceforth refer to this American Utopia as SPS for
reasons that will become apparent later.
In the SPS, everyone was fed and there was seldom a shortage of food. In
fact, food was quite abundant and the SPS often produced enough for
export. The food may not have been of the highest quality but I have
never seen any reports of mass famine or malnutrition. The basic need
for food was never a concern in the SPS.
The SPS provided all of its members with clothing. While that clothing
wasnít necessarily stylish, it was quite functional and adequate for the
needs of the SPS members.
To complete the list of basic needs, the SPS also provided each member
with shelter from the elements. Those shelters may seem primitive by
modern standards, but they did an adequate job keeping the rain off
peoplesí heads and were heated to the extent heat was needed.
Essentially, the SPS provided for all the basic needs of every member at
no cost to the members. The memberís obligation was to contribute to the
SPS based on his or her ability. Not a bad deal but it gets better.
Health care was also free because it was in the best interest of the SPS
to make sure its members were healthy and fit, even into old age. The
health care provided was the best available at the time.
Another remarkable thing about the SPS is that unemployment was never a
problem. Everyone had a job based on their abilities. The SPS employed
farmers, cooks, blacksmiths, seamstresses, waiters, supervisors, maids,
barbers and a host of other talents. The SPS also produced singers,
musicians and dancers as well, though those were considered more of a
pastime than a job. As long as you worked according to your abilities,
the SPS took care of all of your needs.
But the SPS had rules too. Most of these rules were to protect the
social order and productive integrity of the SPS. By todayís standards,
the penalties for breaking the rules may seem harsh, but that is
something that could easily be changed.
One rule was that SPS members were forbidden the ownership of firearms.
The members might use firearms, but it was always under strict
supervision. Other weapons, such as knives, axes and clubs were readily
available and occasionally used against other members of the SPS.
Punishment was swift and severe for those infractions. By and large
however, crime was not a major problem for the SPS.
The SPS had other rules to prevent chaotic behavior that might harm the
integrity and productivity of the SPS, or challenge its authority. The
SPS was mostly self-sufficient and self-reliant, though one SP would
trade with other SPs and the outside world.
It may surprise you to learn that the SPS might employ teachers but did
not offer universal education. Most members learned their jobs from
other members and on the job training. Education was tailored to the
needs of the SPS and members received what training they needed in
accordance with their abilities to serve the SPS.
Though the SPS is gone, it was replaced about 100 years later with a
bold new Utopian experiment called the DPS. There were some significant
changes but many of the basic operating premises were the same. The DPS
still took care of the basic needs of its members even though it
couldnít always provide employment. Firearm possession was banned in the
DPS. Education was made universal in the DPS but quality and content
varied significantly. The DPS educational system emphasizes satisfaction
with and obedience to the DPS.
I should note that the SPS was extremely racist and predominantly black.
The DPS is trying to correct this and offer its benefits to all races.
So what was this great Utopian experiment that provided all basic needs
in exchange for service based on abilities? What happened to this Utopia
with free health care and low crime rates and why was it replaced with
the DPS. In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished the
SPS (Southern Plantation System) by forbidding slavery and involuntary
servitude. About 100 years later, the Great Society would usher in the
DPS (Democrat Plantation System) to renew that ignoble Utopian
experiment, the SPS.
I donít think youíll find anyone that believes the SPS was Utopia, but
it does meet most of the criteria a liberal would expect from Utopia. If
it walks like Utopia and talks like Utopia, it must be Utopia.
The DPS may not use iron shackles and chains, and the evidence is that
these restraints are not needed. Without guns in the hands of law
abiding citizens, without education beyond indoctrination, without the
jobs destroyed by anti-free market politicians, and with the constant
rhetoric of hate and despair spewed by media selected community leaders,
who needs chains? The DPS is the kinder, gentler SPS.
And that concludes todayís lesson on Americaís great Utopian success