All hail Comrade Palin, Hero of the Proletariat!
It’s right there for all to read on her Facebook page, where she defends the massive taxes imposed on the oil industry in the 49th state when she was governor by saying, among other things, that she had to go all Hugo Chavez for “the Alaskan people (who collectively own the natural resources, via our state constitution).”
Yes, indeed, they do. Alaskans, independent-minded folk that they are, live under the nation’s most socialist state constitution. Palin, having grown up here and never having been much of a student, might not really even understand this. Alaskan youth are steeped in the idea that collective ownership of the state’s natural resources is a good and right thing.
The Alaska Constitution was written by a strange collection of old lefties and pragmatic businessmen who saw natural resources as the only capital available in the 49th state. Fearful of the way the territory of Alaska had essentially been run from Seattle by moneyed Outside interests, they wanted to make sure that the capital of the new state was tied up in such a way those folks couldn’t get at it.
What better way than to form something of a Union of Soviet Socialist Alaskans (USSA) and grant its members collective ownership of resources. Here, by the way, (for those of you in America who’ve drunk so much of the Palin Kool-Aid you just can’t accept the idea she’s a socialist) is the definition of socialism:
“A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land (empasis added), etc., in the community as a whole.”
And Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution reads:
“The legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.”
Over the years, that latter phrase has come to mean that if there is profitable “development” in Alaska, the money should go to “its people.” This is socialism, not capitalism. And it is representative of the twisted world in which Palin, and for that matter all Alaskans, live. They daily pound the drums of independence and capitalism, and nightly get into bed with socialism.
Some wonder why Alaska journalists and even politicians without question accept the state’s annual, socialist handout.
It is called a “Permanent Fund Dividend.” It is a $1,000-to-$2,000 reward Alaskans get each year for living here. It is “their portion” of the collectively owned oil resources. No one does anything to earn this money, as they would in a capitalist society. They are given this money because they are part of the club — Club Alaska.
Journalists, being pure and holy souls, wouldn’t think about taking a $1,000-to-$2,000 gift from a business. And yet, they take this gift from government without even thinking about it. It is, after all, their “share” of the state’s resources. This is not the way things work in a capitalist society.
In a capitalist society, oil companies, like it or not, earn most of the profits as a reward for the risks and efforts they invest in extracting oil from the ground. And government then taxes them at a fair rate to pay for the costs associated with oil development — environmental regulation, maybe some funding for new schools and roads required by an influx of oil workers, maybe the costs of new social services demanded by those oil workers.