By Tom Quiner
The growing risk of American liberalism is its tilt towards socialism.
Among other things, socialism erodes the soul. Someone who would know is former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, who lived the old Soviet Union and Russia before being voluntarily exiled to New York for personal safety under the Putin regime.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he captures the risk of socialism succinctly:
“The story of human progress is striving, dreaming and sacrificing for a better future. Instead of believing that happy, successful individuals make for a successful society, socialism insists that a perfectly functioning system will produce happy individuals. When the system comes first, the individual becomes an afterthought. When the system fails, individuals are blamed for not surrendering to it enough. Recovering from a regime that restricts individual freedom is far easier than recovering from one that teaches that individual freedom is worthless.”