"If at age 20 you are a conservative then you have no heart. If at age 30 you are a liberal then you have no brains."
Sir Winston Churchill

Obama obviously knows very little about economics, specifically that "Society stagnates when independent productive achievers begin to be socially demonized and even punished for their accomplishments." This dilemma fogs Obama's reality. To him, accepting this truth is a "false choice", his answer to things he doesn't understand. And by the way... where is John Galt?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Coercive Socialism Coveted by Obama Believers

Socialism is coercive (since it only works if everyone is playing in the game, those who don’t want to play must be forced – or, as the Chinese and Russians did, killed). Don't forget, the Pennsylvania gun-toting Jesus freaks, that Obama referred to during a campaign speech in San Francisco, are still a force to be contended with. Therefore, as socialism isn’t, in most cases, a personal choice, it also isn’t, per se, an act of virtue. One isn’t virtuous for doing what one is compelled to do.
Socialism is unjust – there is no natural reward for hard work and no natural punishment for laziness (and I do recognize that the natural world can be unjust, too. That said, in the natural world, the injustice is “accidental”, that is, it isn’t essential to the system – hard work will usually pay off, if there isn’t a drought or catastrophic illness, etc. Socialism, however, builds injustice into the system, with tremendous psychological consequences. A man will generally strive harder when he thinks he has a chance of prospering. Similarly, as 20th century history proves, over and over, he will tend to produce only the bare minimum if he sees it doesn’t make a bit of difference, one way or the other.)

Socialism is ordered toward the materialistic – the intention that all men in the State are to enjoy an equal share of its “goods”, whether they equally have worked for them or not.

Ideologically, socialism holds Man as the arbiter of morals (this is an essential component of socialism and not the quirk of individual socialist thinkers. Socialist thought holds that the “common good” isn’t discovered by the adherence of a society to God’s will but is determined by a consensus of society’s citizens).

Furthermore, as an economic system, designed to help citizens prosper, socialism simply doesn’t deliver. An African-American economist Thomas Sowell writes:

"The rhetoric of socialism may be inspiring, but its actual record is dismal. Countries which for centuries exported food have suddenly found themselves forced to import food to stave off starvation, after agriculture was socialized. This has happened all over the world, among people of every race. Anyone who saw the contrast between East Berlin and West Berlin, back in the days when half the city was controlled by the Communists, can have no doubts as to which system produces more economic benefits for ordinary people. Even though the people in both parts of the city were of the same race, culture and history, those living under the Communists were painfully poorer, in addition to having less freedom.

Much the same story could be told in Africa, where Ghana relied on socialistic programs and the Ivory Coast relied more on the marketplace, after both countries became independent back in the 1960s. Ghana started off with all the advantages. Its per capita income was double that of the Ivory Coast. But, after a couple of decades under different economic systems, the bottom 20% of people in the Ivory Coast had higher incomes than 60% of the people in Ghana.

Economic inefficiency is by no means the worst aspect of socialistic government. Trying to reduce economic inequality by increasing political inequality, which is essentially what Marxism is all about, has cost the lives of millions of innocent people under Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and others. Politicians cannot be trusted with a monopoly of power over other people’s lives. Thousands of years of history have demonstrated this again and again."

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