Shane Kastler is Pastor at the Heritage Baptist Church, Lake Charles, LA and Co-Host; “Church & State” KELB Radio, 100.5 FM. He blogs at The Narrow Road.
“Committed capitalists are often baffled by socialists, and more specifically the apparent rise of socialism as an economic system. On the surface, the issue seems rather “cut and dry” to the capitalist
Isn’t a system based on free trade preferable to government controlled trade? Would we not prefer to make our own decisions, rather than handing them over to a 3rd party state apparatus? What about property rights? The capitalist is often legitimately perplexed as to why a socialists would push for more and more government control over life, liberty, and property rather than keeping the rights of self-reliance under our own control. The answer to this socialistic enigma finds it’s genesis in three groups of people: the over-educated ignorant; the under-educated ignorant; and the puppet masters in power who convince them of Socialism’s benefits. At the end of the day it is the puppet masters who benefit the most; but they need the proverbial “useful idiots” to stir up a crowd, storm the capitalists, or stuff the ballot box. America is in danger of this happening today.”