Venezuela’s socialist revolution is working out so incredibly well that Seattle has decided to follow suit. The city recently elected its first Socialist Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, and she’s already out in public supporting the kind of actions that lead to rolling brownouts, toilet paper shortages (which produces more brown in places you don’t want it), and businessmen who literally have to sell their products at arbitrary prices while guns are pointed at their backs.
Kshama Sawant’s first order of business? Letting the world know that private property rights are merely an obstacle to her socialist utopia — she thinks Boeing’s union members should “take over” the factories if they don’t get their way in an ongoing contract dispute.
“The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine,” Sawant announced to a cheering crowd of union supporters in Seattle’s Westlake Park Monday night. …
“The only response we can have if Boeing executives do not agree to keep the plant here is for the machinists to say the machines are here, the workers are here, we will do the job, we don’t need the executives. The executives don’t do the work, the machinists do,” Ms. Sawant said.
Sawant calls that “democratic ownership,” topping it all off with: “We can re-tool the machines to produce mass transit like buses, instead of destructive, you know, war machines,” she told KIRO 7.
To the Socialist, Holocaust-denying mullah’s in the Middle East or Chinese state-sponsored hackers should not prompt a nation to provide for the common defense because the “real” bad guys are the businessmen right here at home. The real enemies of America are Americans — particularly those who hold dear to antiquated ideas like “private property” and “individual liberty.” In the Socialist utopia, people should be paid to dig ditches and fill them back up again, and they should be transported to in from work every day packed in buses like glorious sardines. To fight this vision for the world is to fight progress.
To recap: Boeing seeks a contract that would result in work for eight years on the new 777X airliner — provided that new employees go without a guaranteed pension — and if that doesn’t come to pass then the employees should forcibly take over the factories. Got it. It would be smart for Boeing to run — fast — from Seattle, if an absolute disregard for private property is what gets people elected in the city these days.
There are individuals who have zero fidelity to the rights enshrined the in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the Constitution, and these days there are enclaves where they have considerable political power. The real enemies of freedom are not the job creators, but those who actively encourage captive audiences to take the law into their own hands, using Orwellian euphemisms like “democratic ownership” to describe theft and criminality.
Gandalf, from ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” says it well: “We’ve been blind. And in our blindness, our enemy has returned.”
Returned? They never went away.
Perhaps Thomas Jefferson says it best: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”