Sharing the misery around equally

 

“Capitalism isn’t working. Another world is possible,” says the protest sign but that other world spreads misery around like no other. Just ask Venezuela.

This article is from Townhall and although it was written in 2014, its basic ideas apply very much to the world we live in today. Quote:

Socialism is particularly dangerous because it’s so perfectly suited for the modern era. It’s the ultimate “miracle” product: it’s “nice,” it’s “fair,” it’ll make you feel good about yourself, it’ll “help” people who “deserve it” by taking things away from people who “have so much” they’ll barely miss it. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? End quote.

Not really. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. If this kind of thinking worked, there would be no more famine in Africa, because we solved all that in the 1980s. Yet Bob Geldoff is still on his rounds, crusty as ever, demanding in his Oirish brogue that we all need to give more to those that need it. It will never end. Quote:

Since our schools do a terrible job of teaching history and economics these days, it’s our job to explain how socialism slowly, insidiously eats away at the core of a society. End quote.

Yes, you are never going to get what follows taught in schools in the present day, although it should be. Quote:

It kills economic growth: Strong economic growth is what produces jobs, tax revenue and a better standard of living for everyone, including the poor and middle class. That’s what John F. Kennedy was driving at when he said, “A rising tide (in the economy) lifts all boats.” Socialism strangles economic growth in the crib by penalizing success and rewarding failure. End quote.

Remind you of anything? This is our new government, pulling the rug from under the oil and gas industry, and farmers, and then wondering why business doesn’t like them? Quote:

 It stifles free speech: Why is there ridiculous government propaganda in nations like North Korea? Why are most schools, papers, and colleges run by liberals in the United States? Why do liberals often try to disrupt conservative speakers on college campuses? Why are there such extreme speech codes in Canada that it practically makes some conservative arguments illegal? Why does speaking out against the government risk imprisonment in China and the old Soviet Union? Because socialism requires protection, propaganda, intimidation, and darkness to survive. Socialism can’t survive honest, informed debate about its merits among people who are free to choose or reject it because it would not survive the conversation. End quote.

If you think about it, socialists are the ones on the planet who should be encouraging free speech, because they are the ‘liberals’ and they encourage free thinking. The trouble is, your free thinking must line up with theirs. Quote:

It leads to an increasingly tyrannical government: Freedom and socialism go together like oil and water. The more socialism you have, the less freedom you will have because socialism can’t survive if people are free to choose whether they want socialism or not. End quote.

Socialist governments always have a massive bureaucracy. We have seen this from Labour governments here time after time. This time around…how many working groups are we at now? Quote:

It creates strife and division: Socialism is all about turning people against each other. It has to be. After all, if you believe in controlling people’s lives, the people who don’t wish to be controlled need to be vilified. If you believe in confiscating the wealth of successful people who won’t give it up willingly, then others must be convinced they’re terrible human beings who deserve to be punished. “Victim” classes must be created for the socialists to defend because if everyone is responsible for himself, what need is there for the socialist? End quote.

Victim classes. Like those who have mould on their walls, and don’t know what to do about it. Like those who have numerous children, all with different fathers who are now required to give the fathers’ names (but not for much longer). Like those who have lived in a state house for years and are aggrieved that they are now forced to leave. Like tenants who smoked (or produced) methamphetamine in their houses should now be given compensation because that mean, nasty, ugly government stopped them from bringing up their children in that, perfectly safe, environment. Yes. Victims. Quote:

But this is the thin end of the wedge. At the moment, these silly people feed compliant journalists with sob stories on a daily basis. How long before people are dobbing in their neighbours for being conservative? For not liking Jacinda enough? For not cheering loudly enough at Dear Leader? You know this has all happened before. It may seem ridiculous now, but is it really? Quote.

Socialists believe the ends justify the means: Like the pigs in Orwell’s Animal Farm, socialists believe that, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” For a socialist, the overriding concern is always promoting socialism; so process, rules and regulation mean different things for different people. Fidel Castro may have been the leader of a Communist revolution against the evil “rich people” in Cuba, but he’s worth 900 million dollars today. End quote.

It terrifies me how accurate Orwell was. This is the true thing about socialism. Those that drive it do very well out of it. Look at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. They made a lot of money out of being ‘socialists’, but that was fine because they deserved it. I’ll never forget the latter being horrified that she had to put a million dollars ‘of her own money’ into her presidential campaign in 2008. At the time, I couldn’t understand it. Now, I understand it perfectly well.

I am going to leave you with a quote from Margaret Thatcher who, celebrated as a great politician in her career, has been vilified since then, and the behaviour at her death was disgraceful. She didn’t deserve that. But, if you read the quote below, you will at least begin, in the modern day and age, to understand why. Quote:

“Left-wing zealots have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the gulag.” End quote.

The gulags may not be far away now. Think Tommy Robinson.

 


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