Sarah Palin’s Analysis of Socialism is, Just, Wow…

If Sarah Palin was a nice, well intentioned person, we would likely leave her alone on this site for her many, many crimes against the English language and general intelligent discourse in America. 

But she isn’t. Sarah Palin is not only dumb, but mean, and proud of it. 

So we will continue to call her out for continued war on intelligence in the hopes of exposing just how toxic and dangerous right wing ideology in America truly is. 

In her latest Facebook screed posted to her millions of fans around the country, Palin put on a display of such brazen ignorance it is hard to know whether it is actually her writing this stuff, or a liberal troll posting deliberately idiotic ramblings to make her seems dumber than she already appears. 

Linking to a conservative website showing scenes of chaos in the streets of Venezuela, Palin laid into socialism, declaring it a form of “slavery” that leads to “totalitarianism” and eventually “globalism”. Yes, you read that right. Here it is in full:

Please read, especially, the many wise comments below this report on socialism’s ramifications.

Oh how I wish the Left would not deny that socialism is slavery. The uninformed would ignore history and even modern-day economic and cultural collapse of populations ruled under socialism – then totalitarianism – thus leading America to the same end.

The media won’t cover the path we are on back to the horrible days of some Americans being shackled while a “ruling elite” enslave and try to oppress our work ethic, our freedoms, and most significantly – our spirit. The path leads to a desperate population accepting globalism, requiring the dissolution of our entire foundation.

So we must do the informing.This election can not be clearer in contrast: one party will restore freedom, the other will enslave you.

Firstly, the ideology of socialism is not responsible for the economic catastrophe in Venezuela — it is a mixture of collapsing oil prices and serious government mismanagement. If anything, socialism has been massively beneficial to Venezuela over the years, as despite the western media’s narrative, the country’s economy grew at an astonishing rate under Hugo Chavez, and life improved significantly for most Venezuelans. This isn’t to say Chavez was perfect (he most certainly wasn’t), but he implemented a socialist agenda and it worked well until global oil prices plummeted. And no, Venezuela wasn’t a dictatorship under Chavez, and isn’t under Nicolás Maduro either. 

Secondly, socialism has nothing to do with slavery whatsoever. The generally accepted definition is as follows: 

so·cial·ism: a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” 

So taken literally, it is the exact opposite of slavery given it explicitly advocates worker ownership of the means of production/distribution/exchange. 

Thirdly, in what reality does socialism lead to “globalism”? Given workers’ rights and ownership of production is fundamental to socialism, it is completely antithetical to Palin’s “globalism”. 

Here is Conservapedia’s run down of what a liberal “globalist” supposedly is:

Globalists oppose nationalism and national sovereignty, and instead tend to favor on open borders, free trade, interventionalism, and foreign aid. Globalists virulently opposed Donald Trump in 2016.

Given socialists advocate nationalism and national sovereignty and are militantly opposed to free trade, this makes no sense whatsoever. 

Palin’s rant is so confused and ignorant of even the most basic political definitions it is hard to know what she is even trying to articulate. It would be like calling for the overthrow of neoliberalism on the grounds that it was too isolationist, or opposing fascism because it was too internationalist. 

In fact, this post was so stupid one wonders whether Palin is suffering from brain damage from her recent rock running escapades. Either that or she’s gearing up for a spot in Donald Trump’s campaign team, where stupidity is a prerequisite. 

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.