(CNSNews.com) – Socialism, a leftwing ideology that calls for government ownership and control of the economy and civil society violates at least three of the Ten Commandments, said nationally syndicated columnist, New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated talk radio show host Ben Shapiro at the Young America’s Foundation’s National Conservative Student Conference on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
“Socialism violates three of the Ten Commandments,” Shapiro told the crowd of mostly young activists and students. “Idolatry, because you’re not supposed to worship government, you’re supposed to worship God.”
“It violates the prescription against theft, because socialism is indeed theft even if you vote for the theft,” he said.
“And it violates the prescription against jealousy — you’re not supposed to envy your neighbor, you’re not supposed to covet your neighbor’s property,” said Shapiro. “That’s what socialism is about.”
Recently, people like Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have been able to excite the Democrats and the left, Shapiro said. They claim to be democratic socialists, but there is no difference between them and socialists.
“Socialism seeks to destroy the system of action and consequence,” Shapiro said.