The Meaning of Socialism: National Review's Kevin Williamson

By the Left Coast Rebel

My favorite part of the video is at the 4:15 mark. Nick Gillespie asks National Review's Kevin Williamson, "what's the continuing romance of socialism?" Williamson simply responds, "I think it is a form of perpetual adolescence..."

This truism -- the perpetual adolescence of advocates of socialism, especially in academia and the youth -- is absolutely spot on and something that I have witnessed over and over first hand. Socialist proponents (who hide under the veil of "progressive" today) exist in a pre-pubescent fairy-tale-land of candy-pooping unicorns and government-commanded utopia. "Just give up this freedom, here, and everything will be taken care of," they whisper in our ears. Too many of us fall for the ploy.

It's too bad that history is littered with the dead bodies, misery and poverty (both economically and spiritually) that socialism ushers in.

It's doubly frightful that we seem to have not learned from said history, or -- eve worse -- are willfully ignoring it in favor of a pie-in-the-sky adolescent vision -- a vision that both you and I know will have the precise same historical outcome here in the United States.

From's Youtube page:
What's the real definition of socialism? How is it distinct from regulation and a social welfare state? Why are intellectuals still enamored of a system that brought us Stalin, Hitler, and more recently Hugo Chavez and Kim Jong-Il? And what can the United States learn from Sweden about free enterprise and capitalism?'s Nick Gillespie sat down with Kevin Williamson, who is deputy managing editor of National Review and author of a new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, to discuss the meaning of socialism in history and the current moment.
Cross posted to LCR contributor sites.


  1. As luck would have it, I just wrote a piece on the same topic although I describe it as "adult childhood."

    Anyone interested in my take on the subject can read it at;

    (Cheap plug for my blog, which you always graciously allow)

    I'll use this video on a follow-up post to bolster my opinion using Kevin Williamson's credentials.

    Great find!

  2. Thanks, Grant. Just read your piece and it expands upon this theme quite well. Great minds think alike ;).

    Would you mind if I grabbed it for a weekend cross post? Please feel free to use anything here freely!


Commenting here is a privilege, not a right. Comments that contain cursing or insults and those failing to add to the discussion will be summarily deleted.