The currently favored instrument of collectivization is the Welfare State. The collectivists have not abandoned their ultimate goal – to subordinate the individual to the state – but their strategy has changed. They have learned that socialism can be achieved through welfarism quite as well as through nationalization. They understand that private property* can be confiscated as effectively by taxation as by expropriating it. They understand that the individual can be put at the mercy of the state – not only by making the state his employer – but by divesting him of the means to provide for his personal needs and by giving the state the responsibility of caring for those needs from cradle to grave .. they have discovered that welfarism is much more compatible with the political process of a democratic society.
W. Cleon Skousen:
The founders warned against a number of temptations which might lure subsequent generations to abandon their freedoms and their rights by subjecting themselves to a strong federel administration operating on the collectivist left. They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Jefferson wrote: “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342).” They warned against confiscatory taxation and deficit spending. Jefferson said it was immoral for one generation to pass on the results of its extravagance in the form of debts to the next generation.
Ezra Taft Benson:
Collectivism, another word for socialism, is a part of the communist strategy. Communism is essentially socialism.
Ezra Taft Benson:
We should know why paternalism, collectivism, or unnecessary federal supervision will hold our standard of living down and reduce productivity just as it has in every country where it has been tried. We should also know why the communist leaders consider socialism the highroad to communism.
Sometimes one wonders why the collectivists turn one’s attention toward Sweden, because the Swedish example disproves one of their basic assumptions. This is the assumption that crime is the outgrowth of poverty and an economically deprived childhood. Since Sweden provides “cradle-to-grave security,” if their assumption were correct, crime should have been all but eliminated there, especially among the young. Yet, as indicated in these articles, the reverse is true. Crime has been increasing rapidly, especially among the young. When one takes a more objective balanced view of the fruits of partial socialism in Sweden, one finds that the Swedish experiment is really additional evidence that Joseph Smith was right and socialism is not a sound doctrine.
Ezra Taft Benson:
The only way to avoid being deceived is to get the facts. There are people who would try to hide the facts from us and replace the truth with a falsehood. They want us to believe that America is a failure, that her system of capitalistic free enterprise is doomed, that she must remedy her failures by adopting theories of collectivized control. I recognize these voices. I heard them in forty-three nations which I visited in the past. I heard them often during my eight years in Washington. None of them came to me in the name of communism or even socialism, but they came. And while many of us fought them and resisted them on every front, nevertheless, it was alarming to discover how many others were willing to believe and follow. Why do otherwise loyal Americans believe and follow? Because these voices came from masters of deception.
Ezra Taft Benson:
I fear for the future when I see an affluent but complacent citizenry paying little or no attention to these and many other socialistic trends in America. Dr. V. Orval Watts, noted political economist, has described this socialist system which I fear – and I have but suggested a very few evidences. Here are his words: “Socialism .. is the theory and practice of coercive collectivism. It is the evil fruit of greed for other men’s possessions and greed for control over other men’s labor.
Ernest L. Wilkinson:
Poverty is no disgrace and scarcely a handicap to the courageous of spirit. If men develop their self-reliance by meeting and solving the problems that present themselves, they achieve great strength, integrity and force of character. They demonstrate the fact that they were created in the image of God. They achieve the potential given them by the Creator. On the other hand, when men become accustomed to living from subsidies, bounties, long-continued charity or any means of sustaining themselves by the effort of others, they lose confidence, integrity, courage, initiative and independence. The soul grows smaller and the spirit withers as one seeks more and more to cast the burden of his life upon his neighbors, the taxpayers. Herein lies the soul-destroying evil inherent in any type of collectivism, call it socialism, fascism, communism or welfare statism. All of these ideologies teach men that they are not custodians of their own weal or woe but that they are meant to be groveling creatures forever pleading with stronger men who exercise the authority of government for bigger and better handouts of ever increasing variety.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house .. nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.