This is just patently untrue. Enforcing the law is only a small part of what the government does
I agree that government does more than enforce law. However, it is no strange thing that when the governed become ungovernable, and nothing can get done, even what seems urgent, political violence can even gain popular support.
This kind of argument always makes me laugh because it shows people really don't understand human nature or our history. Humans have always had lust, they have always had passion. The idea that having sex is somehow new or unusual is ridiculous. It has never lead to the collapse of society before, and it won't now. Humans have not become less moral. We have just modernized what is moral and immoral.
Lust and passion covers a great deal more ground than the sexual variety. The point is that people place the objects of their lust and passion before reality, and when you have a population that has given itself over to willful defiance of reality, it is natural that both society and the government it chooses to represent it will be corrupt.
What are you even talking about? America completely rejected socialism because of irrational fear spread by the cold war. Now that we are a generation or 2 past the cold war young people don't have the irrational fears that older generations do. There is no KGB plot, people have simply moved past your prejudices.
Are you actually defending the Soviet Union?
It really isn't an irrational fear. I am not talking about fairy tales, most of the type of work the KGB did involved planting ideas that would grow and cause multi-generational change in the country. Yes, the work that the KGB was a remarkable success, even KGB defectors in the 1980s seemed to think so..
This is a very informative interview thst is worth watching. A good chunk of it has to do with who the one being interviewed is, but after that is established the really interesting stuff begins, and you'd have to be completely blind if you can't see what he is talking about after hearing.
You do know that democratic socialism and communism are not remotely alike, right? No one is advocating for a totalitarian government. This is a ridiculous fear driven by your cold war prejudices.
Socialism is the transitory state on the way to communism in marxist ideology.
Of course you don't want a totalitarian government. Who does? But I am not simply talking blind prejudice. The Soviet Union created more martyrs of the faith in its short existence than all of history combined. It was a genocide several times more deadly than even the holocaust. Would you tell a Jew that they are operating under ridiculous fear and prejudice for being distrustful of Nazis?
I don't think there is anything ridiculous about this at all, especially when even to this day the Chinese government oppresses my people.
Socialism is what is best for everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity. To people who are used to religion dominating politics and society I can see why they might see this as intolerance because you like the idea of your religion being forced onto people. To people who don't want their lives dominated by a religious group, this is freedom.
The Church is actually very against forcing religion on people as we see free will as part of what it means to be made in the image of God. This belief, which by the way secures human dignity in a way that communism can never, makes coercion very taboo in the church. We are fairly diverse politically too. The Church has taught for thousands of years now that abortion is evil, and we still stand by that. Child sacrifice has no place in a civilized society.
Socialism IS a religion, and it is a religion that can not coexist with the church, because the church is hierarchical, and socialism/communism very much has to do with tearing down of all forms of hierarchy.
Communism/socialism is an atheistic religion. A modern recapitulation of the type of state worship you would find in ancient Egypt, Babylon, The Roman Empire, etc. It is nothing new.
So though you aren't aware of it, a communist government is actually more close to the type of theocracy that you likely would be against than what I would ever suggest as a government.
One thing the so called "communist" countries all have in common is that they tend to call themselves socialist. They also tend to call themselves republics or democracies.
Though you do not believe me, and yes, I do understand, it is ok... socialism is attractive precisely because of how it is marketed. It sounds nice! It manages a double wammy of simultaneously appealing to both people's sense of compassion and their sense of greed. It really is a big scam though. It doesn't work. It also doesn't allow for people like me to exist.