Ron Sider has been at the forefront of the so-called Christian Socialist movement since the publication of his 1977 book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. (For a devastating critique of Sider’s book that Sider never answered in any of his reprint editions, see David Chilton’s Productive Christians and an Age of Guilt-Manipulators.)

Sider has currently entered the debate over the budget, tax increases, government spending, and deficits. He has criticized President Obama’s budget “for only increasing taxes on families who make more than $250,000 per year. “That’s ridiculous,” Sider said. “If we’re going to solve the budget deficit, people earning less than that are going to have to pay some more taxes.”

Sider still believes that “Government has a role to play in overcoming poverty.” By “role,” Sider means control. A free economy helps the poor while a controlled economy makes the poor poorer and more of them. Governments can create an equal society by making everybody poor. We see modern-day examples in North Korea and Cuba.