As socialism ascends in prominence, many of its proponents are open and outspoken with their socialist political positions. These socialist themes are easily recognizable to the average American. For example, hearing a politician discuss equity, redistribution of wealth, and heavily taxing the wealthy are readily identifiable socialist tenets.
However, some of socialism’s nuances and ideological subtleties are latent, unknown, and often unrecognizable. To truly grasp the depth of the socialists’ arguments, we must first look at socialism’s ideological origins. In general, liberalism’s fundamental premise, and socialism’s foundational premise specifically, is Jean Rousseau’s invalidation of Original Sin. Jean Rousseau is the godfather and patron-saint of liberalism; almost all of liberalism emanates from his work and thought. As Rousseau once pontificated: