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Did Zuckerberg advocate communism?


           Late spring every year we hear a wide variety of commencement speeches as celebrities, notable politicians, and the captains of industry head to colleges and universities to inspire the new graduates or sometimes just to get publicity.  Some are quite insightful, but some are awkward like Hillary Clinton at Wellesley College preaching integrity, respect, and trust.  Others amusing and downright silly like Will Ferrell at the University of Southern California.  A few are intriguing and disconcerting like Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University.

            The Facebook founder is undoubtedly ambitious and bright with a most incredible story of accomplishment building a billion dollar empire despite not graduating from Harvard.  He returned to his would be alma mater to deliver this year’s commencement speech.  A seemingly affable fellow, he is difficult to discern.  Is he just a techno nerd hopelessly naïve about human nature, or a beguiling narcissistic tyrant in the making?

            The youthful entrepreneur shared some good advice from his experiences.  Like, be nice to everyone; you never know who they might become.  And, never wait on “an idea to be fully formed;” get started immediately or you may never start.  Wise and standard fare for most graduation addresses, but his main themes only seem innocuous.

            His overarching theme is “create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.”  It sounds altruistic, but in execution could be chilling and enslaving.  He credits his passion for this idea to juvenile delinquents and drug addicts who expressed to him they would not have chosen destructive paths if only they “just had something to do.”  Blaming poor life choices on boredom is a typical excuse when eschewing responsibility.  Lack of opportunity is not the problem; it’s lack of morality.

            Both rich and poor are prone to corruption or capable of good deeds.  Blaming wealth inequality for social ills is a favorite tactic for those seeking power because it dismisses individual responsibility and provides an opening to solve the problems of the masses while quietly collecting their rights as they forfeit responsibility.

Embracing this fallacy, young Zuckerberg also advocated exploring “universal incomes.” With technology replacing many jobs, people need a guaranteed basic existence, so they have the freedom to pursue their dreams, their sense of purpose.  Some people have a sense of purpose others find ridiculous and some simply don’t want one at all, so who decides?  Apparently the guilt ridden billionaire who offered to pay for it.

            Therein lies the danger.  Zuckerburg thinks he can grant freedom by paying for your basic needs.  First and foremost, freedom is not his to give.  Freedom is bestowed freely upon every human by our benevolent Creator.  Freedom and basic rights are inherent; they require no action by man.  Man can only deny freedom.

            Secondly, providing a universal income and basic needs will take a lot of gold; liberals never realize how much gold it will take.  So socialists ultimately need all the gold.  Zuckerberg would do well to remember whoever has the gold makes the rules.  In short, a universal income becomes slavery.  It may not start out that way, but those spending the gold will eventually place specific and onerous requirements on their wards.

            This comes back to everyone having a sense of purpose.  We’ve seen this before.  The Soviet Union had zero unemployment; everyone had a purpose.  They spoke of unity and great efforts like the ones Zuckerberg covets, but the individual was forgotten – freedom was lost.  In essence, he advocated communism knowingly or not.

In an odd contradiction, he proclaims the “freedom to fail” as vital, but he wants to deny you that opportunity by providing for you.  By giving you a “cushion,” does he realize he becomes the master not the liberator?  He can revel in the potential for his generation, but when it comes to humans he offers nothing new.

“Each one should test his own work. Then he will have reason to boast in himself alone, and not in someone else. For each one should carry his own load.”  Galatians 6:4-5

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