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- [Narrator] What is socialism really?
Equality and liberty?
Taking the power and money
out of rich people's hands

and giving it back to the people?
A revolution to make
everything and everyone equal?

(ominous orchestra music)
But have we considered
who would be in charge

if such revolutions were made?
Socialism never stays socialism.
There is an agenda.
But who are the key
figures in this agenda?

Episode III: Communism and Socialism.
(futuristic music)
- [Whispering Woman] Edge of Wonder.
- Welcome to The Edge of Wonder.
- Hey Rob?
- Yeah?

- What's socialism?
- That's a good question.
Everyone seems to be confused right now
about what that means.
Some people think it means
equality or liberty of some sort,

which is a conundrum we'll get into later.
- To some people, they think
it means taking the power

and money out of the rich people's hands
and giving it back to the people.
But really, does that really ever happen?
- Some people think it
means being progressive

and fostering some kind
of positive change,

so it's become a hot term among
specific groups of people.

- Still some say it's revolution,
specifically that of
destroying civilization

to make everything and everyone equal.
- But have people given thought
to who would be in charge

if such revolutions were made?
- In this episode, we're gonna explore one
of the most elusive terms
in our political atmosphere

and let history do the talking.
- We'll help everyone define socialism
and show you facts that can
help you make up your minds

about whether it's good or bad.
- Let's start at the beginning.
Socialism had to come
from somewhere, right?

One of the arguments often given in favor
of socialism is that, quote,
"We need to give it a chance."

- Or when people
well-learned in the history

of socialism and communism
say that it never worked,

the argument is given
that it's never been
implemented correctly,

or we need to try again.
After our research,
we realized this couldn't
be further from the truth.

- The entirety of the 1800s was filled
with numerous experiments to
establish socialist communes,

even before the word socialism was a term.
- Each of these experiments
failed miserably.

And when we say miserable, we mean it.
Now bear with us, this
story deserves to be told.

- It's important to bring
up someone considered

to be the first pioneer of the movement
later known as socialism,
an English cotton mill
owner named Robert Owen.

(somber piano music)
- Owen established an industrial system
along new lines in a village
called New Lanark in Scotland.

Owen played the part
of a benevolent ruler.

He created a system where
people were given wages

and punished for poor work.
Any proceeds from the work
at the mill were collected

by Owen, and he spent it how he saw fit.
- Owen actually used this money
for charity donations and philanthropy.
Now here's where it gets important.
The system we just described
is 100% capitalist.

So then how is it that Owen is conflated
with communism and socialism?
Well, we haven't finished the story yet.
- After his somewhat successful
and unconventional
experiment at New Lanark,

it seems his reputation
made him well known.

To make a very long story short,
Owen was compromised by illuminism,
which became plainly obvious
through his writings at the time.
- Owen would consistently express himself
in ways only Adam Weishaupt would,
exposing his true intentions.
And by the way, if you haven't
seen our first two episodes

on communism, we explain
everything about Weishaupt in those

so we would recommend watching those.
- [Narrator] "For example,
in the latter it was stated

"that the aim of the Illuminati was
"to make of the human race,
"without any distinction
of nation, condition,

"or profession, one
good and happy family."

- [Ben] And Owen announced.
- [Narrator] "That new state
of existence upon earth,

"which when understood and
applied rationally to practice,

"will cordially unite
all as one good an enlightened family."
- Because time is tight,
trust us when we say,

there are multiple examples
of how Owen's writings lined

up exactly with Weishaupt.
But his words aren't the only examples
that will help us understand
the failures of communism.

Because shortly after,
Owen's mind started to change

toward these illuminized philosophies.
He attempted to experiment
with communities based entirely

off of socialist strategies.
- [Rob] In 1824, Owen arrived
in America, the new world,

and bought a village in
Indiana he called New Harmony.

He instituted a completely
socialist system

but encountered a great difficulty.
He found that people had no, quote, noble
desire to work for the common good
when there was no way
to personally profit,

meaning they were literally
not getting anything

for their hard work but
were expected to slave away.

- He also found it extremely difficult
when people had no personal
property of their own.

And even when there would be a short time
of everyone getting on the same page,
human desires for gaining more
would always find their way in.
- In the end, Owen stated, quote.
- [Narrator] "No societies
with common property

"and equality could prosper
if composed of persons unfit

"for their peculiar duties.
"In order to succeed, it was needful
"to exclude the intemperate,
the idle, the careless,

"the quarrelsome, the
avaricious, the selfish."

- What this quote is
basically saying is that

in order to have communism work,
a society would have to be
comprised of only perfect people.

- Socialist-leaning
historians, to this day,

still proclaim victory and Owen
as the greatest historical figure
in creating a socialist
experiment that worked.

But these historians
conveniently overlook the facts.

Any economist will tell
you the mill experiment

in New Lanark is anything but socialism.
- Many other experiments
like this happened

through the early 1800s,
and every single one failed.

You can look into this for yourself.
Marx and Engels went from criticizing Owen
to then championing him
as the greatest example

of advancement of communism
from the early 1800s,

which actually makes no sense.
- The example of Robert Owen
can't be overemphasized.

Why, because there is still to this day,
a huge misunderstanding of socialism.
Many misinformed people
constantly use an argument

that socialism works,
and they know it works

because it works in
Nordic countries, right?

- I mean, if you do
research on this, as we did,

you'll find numerous sources that show
that what the Nordic countries implement
is absolutely not socialism.
In July, 2018, an article on Forbes,
titled, Sorry Bernie Bros
But Nordic Countries Are
Not Socialist published.

The author called what
Nordic countries implement,

quote, compassionate capitalism.
- [Ben] In an article on fee.org,
we're going to cite a quote here.
"In response to Americans
frequently referring

"to his country as
socialist, the Prime Minister

"of Denmark recently remarked in a lecture
"at Harvard Kennedy School
of Government, quote,

- [Rob] "I know that some people
"in the US associate the Nordic Model
"with some sort of socialism.
"Therefore, I would like
to make one thing clear.

"Denmark is far from a
socialist planned economy.

"Denmark is a market economy."
- Why did the president
of Denmark say this?

It's because those countries thrive
off of large financial gains
from their market economies.

The reason the author called
it compassionate capitalism

is because these countries
often have high taxes

that offer some benefits
from the government.

- But the only reason they're
able to have high taxes

is because the wages are very high.
We've largely covered socialism
in terms of economics, right?
But now we're going to get more
into the heart of the actual matter.
(tense instrumental music)
- We mentioned Marx and Engels earlier.
We should probably look at how those
who penned the most
influential book on communism,

The Communist Manifesto,
looked at socialism.

If you read The Epoch Times'
Specter of Communism series,

it says.
- [Narrator] "In 1875, in
Critique of the Gotha Programme,

"Marx put forward the idea
that there is an initial phase

"of communism, followed
by an advanced phase.

"Compelled by changes in
the international situation

"at the time, Friedrich
Engels in his later years

"also proposed democratic socialism,
"in which votes were used
to obtain political power.

"Democratic socialism was adopted
"by social democratic party leaders
"and theorists of the second international
"and led to the left-wing parties
"in many capitalist countries
around the world today.

"Lenin set down clear definitions
"of socialism and communism.
"He considered socialism
to be the preliminary phase

"of communism and
communism to be developed

"on the basis of socialism."
- In fact, there is a famous
quote from Lenin, who said.

- [Narrator] "The goal of
socialism is communism."

- This means that since the
very beginning of communism,

socialism has always been considered
to be its preliminary phase.
If that's the case, then it
would change our perception

of how to look at socialism
fundamentally, right?

Because it never just stays socialism.
There is an actual agenda.
- Furthermore, there
are many organizations

that identify themselves to
be democratic socialists,

a critical part in the above strategy
to make a non-communist state communist.
- Democratic socialist
societies have existed

for a very long time in the US.
They've also been present
in other countries as well.

One of the largest democratic
socialist societies

is the London Headquartered
Fabian Society.

So who are the Fabian Socialists?
- Well, their philosophy
was to not get as crazy

as the revolutionaries.
Their goal was to use alternative tactics
to create fundamental
change and social justice.

Notice the terms here?
They believed they could do
this through the Bourgeoisie

or cultural elites, completely overseeing
and strategically influencing
the working class.

In Epoch Times' Specter
of Communism, it states.

- [Narrator] "Unlike totalitarian regimes,
"socialism in democratic
states slowly eats away

"at people's freedoms through legislation,
"like the metaphor of the boiling frog.
"The process of establishing
a socialist system

"takes decades or generations,
"leaving people gradually numb, oblivious,
"and accustomed to socialism,
"all of which enhance the deceit.
"The essence and objective of this type
"of gradual socialism are
no different in substance

"from the violent form."
- How did they do this? Well,
they tweaked the culture.

An example of this is
playwright, Bernard Shaw,

one of the most prominent
members of the Fabian Society.

Who was Bernard Shaw?
Well, he was a nut bar, that's for sure.
- And why do we say that?
Not only was he an advocate of socialism,
and eventually total dictatorship,
but he also wrote plays to
influence popular opinion.

Let's look at a quote from Bernard Shaw.
- [Narrator] "I also made it quite clear
"that socialism means
equality of income or nothing,

"and that under socialism,
"you would not be allowed to be poor.
"You would be forcibly fed,
clothed, lodged, taught,

"and employed whether you like it or not.
"If it were discovered that
you had not character enough

"to be worth all this trouble,
"you might possibly be
executed in a kindly manner."

(Ben and Rob scoff)
- Does that sound like liberty?
We just started to talk
about cultural manipulation

or the strategy by which
the revolutionists changed

from violent takeover to
one of a slower change.

The purpose is to degrade moral values
and totally distort culture.
- [Narrator] 150 years in the making.
(ominous orchestra music)
The ultimate evil specter.
Lies, hatred, and struggle.
Traditions destroyed.
The Deep State's Cult, Communism.
(tense orchestra music)
- One of the biggest
advocates for socialism

and its quiet cultural
revolution was Antonio Gramsci.

Antonio Gramsci, a founding
member of the communist party

of Italy and a Marxist theorist.
- The documentary, Agenda,
that you should all watch,

said Gramsci bore, quote,
"more responsibility

"for our social ills than
anyone on the planet."

Why?
- Gramsci recognized that in order
for the ruling class
society to maintain power,

that the people being
governed, must themselves,

accept completely the
moral and political values

of the governing class.
In this way, over time,
the state naturally turns

from socialism to communism
through a non-coercive method.

In this Marxist philosophy,
the idea is called cultural hegemony.
This cultural hegemony,
or the idea that the ruling
class sets the social,

moral, and economic
understandings over time,

he called gradualism, and
he embraced this concept.

Instead of forcing a revolution,
it come come in time and in another form.
Evolution instead of revolution.
- Gramsci's role in socialism
cannot be overlooked

by any means.
While imprisoned by Mussolini,
Gramsci's pen was the
sword that communism needed

to push its agenda in the United States.
- Gramsci knew that a
revolution of workers uprising

would and could never happen in America.
So he looked to intellectuals
and influential people

as the ambassadors that
could bring the revolution

communism needed, and with
this, he put forward his idea

that this gradual cultural change
would need something additional,
a subversive tactic that
hadn't been done before,

community organizing.
Well, not to mention completely
infiltrating the media,

but we digress.
- Right, and this is where it gets juicy.
As Gramsci was dying in prison,
his Marxist proposals took
hold in the Frankfurt School,

by way of a man named George Lukacs.
And we're not talking about
George Lucas from Star Wars.

- No we're not, Lukacs, a
famous Marxist theorist,

had parallel conclusions to Gramsci,
and he founded the Frankfurt School
as a Marxism think tank incubator.
And guess what, when
Hitler came into power,

it was the distraction they needed.
- In 1935, the Frankfurt
think tank moved to New York

and created a partnership
with Columbia University.

Hmm, how convenient.
And do you think it ends with that? Nope.
- This Frankfurt School had many members.
During World War II,
a few of these renowned
Frankfurt School Associates

got themselves involved
in very curious roles.

Herbert Marcuse was a part
of the Office of Strategic Services.
This was basically the CIA of that time,
before the CIA was officially created.
- Theodore Adorno is another one.
He moved to Hollywood
and wrote a book called,

The Authoritarian Personality,
where he basically said,

anyone with traditional
values or defending them

is a fascist.
So is this why everyone
gets called a Nazi today

when people don't like what you say?
- Max Horkheimer, also a
part of the Frankfurt School,

moved to Hollywood with Adorno.
This guy was responsible
for coining a term

called critical theory.
Critical theory is the act
of criticizing any
traditional social institution

and not giving an alternative suggestion.
You can only give it criticism.
He basically weaponized criticism.
This theory was the genesis
of something called,

- [Ben And Rob] Political correctness.
- This is not us speculating.
This is fact that can be found if you dare
to go down the rabbit hole
of researching socialism

and communism strategies,
but it makes sense, right?

If your goal is to change popular belief,
there would have to be tactics
that would work this out.

- We could do a whole show on this,
but we'll leave that for a later time.
All of what we just explained
was Gramsci's cultural
hegemony and gradualism

in practical action.
- Now, before we talked
about Gramsci's strategy

of community organization.
There can be no greater example of this
than community organizer, Saul Alinsky.
(dramatic music)
- In the documentary, Agenda,
they call Saul Alinsky
"Gramsci's greatest disciple."

- For those who don't
know who Saul Alinsky is,

he is considered to be the father
of what is called community organizing.
Many of the recent protest movements,
such as Occupy Wall Street,
Antifa, Black Lives Matter,

Women's March, and so many others,
were all inspired by his
book, Rules for Radicals.

- Now the right to protest is written
into our Bill of Rights,
within the First Amendment,

which states, "The right of the
people peaceably to assemble

"and to petition the Government
"for a redress of grievances."
However, let's get into some background
of how he got started and
his idea of organizing.

- Alinsky wrote the book,
Rules for Radicals, in 1972,

and in it, it systematically
set forth his theory

and methods of community organizing,
which has become the doctrine
for the entire radical left.

In it, he states.
- [Narrator] "Pick the target, freeze it,
"personalize it, and polarize it.
"One acts decisively,
only in the conviction

"that all the angels are on one side,
"and all the devils are on the other."
- In How the Specter of
Communism is Ruling Our World,

it reveals Alinski's true nature
when George H.W. Bush,
the then US Ambassador

to the United Nations, was giving a speech
while the Vietnam War
was still in progress.

- Anti-war students
went to Alinsky for help

in how to protest without getting expelled
because Bush was defending the war.
So he came up with an idea for them,
which to this day is a tactic
that is still being used,

just in a lot more
subversive and damning way.

- He had them dress up
in Ku Klux Klan costumes,

and whenever Bush would
say something positive

about the war, they would stand
up with posters that read,

"The KKK supports Bush."
The students did so with very successful,
attention-getting results.
- Now we aren't saying we
are in support of Bush.

We're just making a point of
these low tactics being used.

- Which we know are
still being used today,

and even more extreme,
but all of that would
be for another episode.

- Right, before Alinsky's death,
he gave a very lengthy
interview with Playboy Magazine,

which was so open and candid
that the FBI started investigating
him just because of it.

- He talks very openly about working
with the communist party of the US,
how he was ripping off his
cafeteria while he was a student,

convinced the church to support him
in his community organizing,
and a slew of other things,

including the big one,
how he met Al Capone's top executioner,
Big Ed Stash.
- What a name.

- And then went on to become
friends with Frank Nitti,

Capone's number two man who
took Alinsky under his wing.

- When asked why they
would let an outsider in,

Alinsky's response was.
- [Narrator] "Why not?
What could I do them?

"Even if I told what I'd
learned, nobody would listen.

"They had Chicago tied up tight as a drum:
"They owned the city,
from the cop on the beat

"right up to the mayor.
"The only real opposition to the mob came
"from other gangsters like
Bugs Moran or Roger Touhy."

- So basically what this
paragraph is saying is that,

he wasn't really a threat to the mob,
so they kind let him in.
- Dinesh D'Souza, a best-selling
writer and filmmaker,

who released The Death
of a Nation last year,

said in an article he wrote in 2015.
- [Narrator] "Even the
term community organizing,

"which Alinsky invented,
"is derived from the term organized crime.
"It turns out that Alinsky
patterned his entire life's work

"on what he learned from crime.
"The mob taught Alinsky,
and Alinsky founded a school

"that taught his methods
to scores of disciples,

"most prominently including
a current president,

"Barack Obama, and an aspiring
one, Hillary Clinton."

- Boom.
- Hillary Clinton was his student,
who wrote her college thesis on him
and then wrote him a personal letter,
which has now been published online.
Again, this dude was friends
with Al Capone's number two man.
- Alinsky's ultimate goal
was to subvert and destroy,

not to benefit any group,
thus in implementing his plan,

it was necessary to
conceal the real purpose

with localized or staged goals
that were seemingly reasonable
or harmless by themselves

and to mobilize large crowds to action.
- So when people were
accustomed to being mobilized,

it was relatively easy to mobilize them
and act toward more radical goals.
- Another plan concocted
by Alinsky was organizing 2,500 activists
to occupy the restrooms
in Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport in 1965.

Because of this, it forced
operations to a grinding halt.

- Prior to actually carrying off the plan,
he leaked the plan, thus
forcing the authorities

to negotiate.
- At the very end of
the Playboy interview,

Alinsky said that when he died,
he would, "unreservedly
choose to go to hell.

"Hell would be heaven for me."
And then he explained how he would begin
to organize the proletariat there
because, quote, "They're
my kind of people."

- Finally, in Rules for Radicals,
Alinsky dedicates his book
to the first radical ever.

He states, quote, "Lest we forget
"at least an over the
shoulder acknowledgment

"to the very first radical,
from all our legends,

"mythology, and history,
the very first radical known

"to man who rebelled
against the establishment

"and did it so effectively
"that he at least won his
own kingdom - Lucifer."

- (laughs) Oh my goodness.
Now there's so much about Alinsky
that we didn't state here.

So we'll probably make a whole video
on his insane, crazy protest
stories, how he grew up,

who has he inspired, how deep it goes,
how years later, tens of
millions of people were deceived

by one man who was his greatest student
and started out as a community
organizer in Chicago.

- Hmm, wonder who that could be?
(coughs) Obama.
But we won't be able to publish
all the details like this

on our YouTube channel for sure.
We would get blacklisted in an instant.
So that would be one we're
saving for our own platform

at edgeofwonder.tv.
- To wrap this up,
there are many new political
leaders coming onto the scene.

We've noticed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
and men like Bernie Sanders.
- These people promote things
like democratic socialism.

They tell you things like,
"Scandinavian countries
already have this figured out."

As we stated earlier,
not only is democratic
socialism a loaded word,

and it comes with an
enormous amount of history,

but also, we showed that
Scandinavian countries

are very far from being socialist.
- These are educated people though, right?
Or are they? Are any of us?
How could they neglect all of history
unless they are unaware,
misinformed or pushing an agenda?

I mean, she does think
there are three branches

of government, the presidency,
senate, and the house,

and she wants to be
president in the future, so--

- But we digress.
- (laughs) There you go.

- Whenever anyone comes into the scene,
especially those who come
about due to a viral video

or the like, you have
to ask some questions.

Who are these people?
Where did they come from?

What organizations are funding them?
Who's in charge of those organizations?
Who are the people that they're tied to?
Who are their mentors? And then ask why.
- Honestly, as we keep researching,
it's astounding how much of these tactics
and strategies have been
laid out in plain sight.

Their goals have always been
to infiltrate our education,

our belief systems, and our
universities since the start.

They're promoting evolution
of cultural change

instead of revolution.
- You can find all this
information yourselves with ease.

We did.
- To follow up, we're
gonna do a whole episode

to show examples of how these
ties in organizations work.

This episode will air
on our premium platform.

We'd love to push it here, really,
but this information is too sensitive,
and like Rob said, we would
definitely be censored.

- The episode will revolve
around Saul Alinsky,

the people he's tied to, and
the people he's mentored.

The findings were--
- Absolutely insane.
- As everyone can see, socialism is one
of the most deceitful
things that has leaked

into our society by way of communism.
In every instance,
socialism's goal has been

to cause revolution,
whether covertly or overtly,

and its ultimate goal is always to lead
to a full-on communist state.
- And it's not just us saying that.
This is history speaking for itself,
a history you're more welcome
to look into just like we did.

- At the very beginning of this episode,
we spoke about two
words that were critical

in this philosophical
argument, liberty and equality.

These words that have
always been at the forefront

of the socialist and communist movements.
- We want to leave you with
a quote from Nesta Webster's

World Revolution The Plot
Against Civilization,

pertaining to these two words.
- [Narrator] "For observe
the contradiction:

"It is impossible to have
complete liberty and equality.

"The two are mutually exclusive.
"It is possible to have a
system of complete liberty

"in which every man is free
to behave as he pleases,

"to do what he will with his
own, to rob or to murder,

"to live, that is to say,
under the law of the jungle,

"rule by the strongest, but
there is no equality there.

"Or one may have a system
of absolute equality,

"of cutting everyone down
to the same dead level,

"of crushing all incentive in
man to rise above his fellows,

"but there is no liberty there."
- Freedoms are a very personal thing,
and people do have rights
to things like speech,

their religious beliefs, having a home,
having a family et cetera.
We support those rights
because through them,

we can help other people
of our own accord,

through the most important
thing humans have to offer,

kindness.
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