What Is Wrong With Socialism?
I had an interesting conversation with a very good friend of mine at a recent party. We were talking about politics, when she suddenly asked:
“You say you don’t like the Liberal Philosophy. What is your definition of a Liberal?”
Part of my answer had to do with a liberal’s preference for seeing government as their solution to all of our problems. We are now considering universal health care, free college education, and a guaranteed monthly income. Whether it is called Communism, Socialism, Fascism, or Totalitarianism, I label them all “statism”. I define their followers as ‘statists’. She asked me:
“What is wrong with socialism?”
Entrepreneur Wallace B. McClure has an answer:
“Socialism is the control via ownership or overregulation of business by the government. It includes the ability of the government to take your home, land, property, business if the government so desires.”
There are no property rights for individuals. So, with socialism, government theft is now legal. Richard Maybury of the Early Warning Report has distilled the wisdom of all religions into two laws in his book, Whatever Happened to Justice? Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
He states, “The first is the basis of contract law. The second is the basis of tort law and some criminal law.”
1. Do all you have agreed to do.
2. Do not encroach on other persons or their property.
“These laws are essential for an advanced civilization. The first gives rise to trade and specialization of labor. The second creates peace, security, and goodwill.”
Ayn Rand wrote a whole book about the first law in Atlas Shrugged. With no accountability, leeches in society can always find a reason or excuse for the lack of accountability.
The Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protects property rights, and says in part:
“You may not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
It was generally assumed by our Founders that public use was to be streets, roads or infrastructure. Now Liberals like to use all manner of definitions to justify condemning private property for public use, including a higher tax revenue, beautification, developer’s interests, etc.
Once you conclude that the “public use” has a higher standing than “private use” the state has the power of the gun on its side to enforce its decision.
Liberals criticize non-liberals for our moral absolutes saying, “You only see things in black or white.” I criticize Liberals for their moral relativism. They can build a case for any excuse, but they have fuzzy rules. Imagine if we played a football game with Liberal rules! The referee would say, “Sure the tight end stepped on the line, but not the whole line.” Or, “Sure he didn’t actually gain the 10 yards for a first down, but he was poor growing up and didn’t receive as much food as the richer kids, therefore he shouldn’t have to gain the whole 10 yards.” That would be unfair.
More likely, it would be a bought-and-payed-for politician who passes a law that would apply to only one team. A law that says in the case of a wet field, causing a loss of traction, the runner, failing to gain the ten (10) yards may appeal the ruling on the field and apply for a hardship exemption, (see Form 10Ex. Must be filled out in triplicate and witnessed by the head referee and properly notarized. If a notary is not available, the court may be petitioned to provide said notary at the opponent’s expense.)
In 1944 Friedrich A. Hayek wrote the book The Road to Serfdom. A classic warning against the dangers to freedom inherent in social planning. I have always loved this paragraph:
“Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom,” he (De Tocqueville) said in 1848; “socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible values to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks quality in restraint and servitude.”
Now in the next three and a half months and in 2020, America will decide whether. Capitalism or Socialism is our future. McClure declares, “Socialism destroys economies. Look at the USSR, the eastern bloc, Cuba, or Venezuela. There are no successful socialist countries economically.”
I will not vote the liberal philosophy, against statists, and declared socialists. But, I can assure you, I definitely will vote for those who most signify their adherence to Capitalism.
Mike Landfair is a Lead Contributor to theDailyLead.