Posts Tagged socialism
John Hawkins at Right Wing News links to a nice little parable that illustrates the motivating mindset behind much of Leftist ideology. Read it, and remember that the left-wing agenda is not to provide people with opportunity to achieve and succeed, but to punish the successful so that everyone can suffer equally.
Jay Wiley at American Thinker takes a look at the myth that Democrats still push that the New Deal somehow saved us from the Great Depression:
The New Deal was a menagerie of federal programs and bureaucracies based on the Keynesian economic theory that increased government spending would stimulate the economy. This theory necessitated more government intervention in and control over the American economy. This dovetailed nicely with the Left’s political agenda.
The prevailing historical narrative of the New Deal casts FDR as champion of economic justice through “bold” and “dynamic” government regulation of the economy. Of course, every good story needs a villain, and critics of the Keynesian approach were cast as greedy, self-interested capitalist thugs. FDR’s cosmopolitan, forward-looking approach was meant to draw a sharp contrast to the outdated and unjust laissez-faire economic model. This was progress.
The truth is that the experimentalism of the New Deal was an ineffective mess that further tangled the knot of the Great Depression.
After years of unprecedented economic intervention by Roosevelt, competition was stifled, investment plummeted, restrictive cartelization abounded, industrial production stagnated, and budget deficits skyrocketed. Wage controls and new union contracts limited the number of new workers private-sector employers could hire, leaving unemployment to hover around 20%.
Government being government, the New Deal was plagued by staggering inefficiency and red tape. Many New Deal programs were to be administered by local officials with agendas, constituencies, relationships, and governing philosophies of their own.
Roosevelt’s lack of imagination was also startling. He governed as though a new agency or bureaucracy were tantamount to a new solution. The federal government took on a new role in the 1930s as insurer against poverty, recession, and even human want itself — a sharp deviation from Jeffersonian principles of freedom from government. The result was an exponential growth of government, a restriction of economic freedom, and an economic downturn lasting far longer than usual.
And despite the fact that such a massive imposition of the government on the economy was such an abject an abysmal failure, the Democrats are hoping that if they try it again, it will work splendidly!
Jesse Walker at Reason Magazine links to a great article that discusses the release of Chinese historical documents, many of which shed light on the communist regime’s atrocities:
What comes out of this massive and detailed dossier is a tale of horror in which Chairman Mao emerges as one of the greatest mass murderers in human history, responsible for the premature deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction. When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later. The case of Wang Ziyou was reported to the central leadership: one of his ears was chopped off, his legs were tied with iron wire, a ten-kilo stone was dropped on his back and then he was branded with a sizzling tool – as punishment for digging up a potato. The discriminate killing of slackers, weaklings, or otherwise unproductive elements increased the overall food supply for those who contributed to the regime through their labour. Read the rest of this entry »
Imagine going on vacation. When you get back, your house has been occupied by 15 homeless people, who have changed the locks and will not let you into your own home. You call the police to have the intruders removed, and are told that they can’t do anything, because squatting is a civil offense, not a criminal one.
Surely, such a think couldn’t possible happen in real life, at least not in a civilized country, right?
Well, it happened in Britain:
In the middle of completely refurbishing his five-bedroom house, Connan Gupta felt he deserved a week off.
It is a decision he is now regretting because 15 squatters took advantage of his short absence to occupy the £700,000 property. Read the rest of this entry »
Since I read the Communist Manifesto, I have been trying to decide just what differentiates Socialism from feudalism. Aside from justifying rule based on Divine Right, I haven’t been able to come up with much of significance. Socialism supports an elite aristocracy and relegates the masses to submit to and support that aristocracy, and aside from the rhetoric of freeing the masses from wage slavery and the imposition of absurdly and obviously flawed economic models, erroneous assumptions about human nature, and the need to lie constantly about what is actually being implemented, I cannot see any real difference between a socialism society and a feudal one.
Finally, I’m not alone, and Thomas Lifson at American Thinker supports this idea much more thoroughly than I ever have:
The changes wrought on the American political economy by progressives have taken us in the unmistakable direction of feudalism. The morphological resemblance between the progressive version of America and the historic feudal regimes of Western Europe and Japan is obvious if one takes a few moments to consider the changes in the proper context.
Reason Magazine presents an interesting piece that manages to rather effectively tear down the meme that has been floating around as of late that capitalism and a lack of government regulation leads to worse environmental condition and a slowed response to environmental disasters.
[T]here was a comprehensive study [PDF] of the world’s oil spills between 1986-1996 published in April 2003 by the Joint UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme. One of its many unsurprising findings was that in the former Soviet Union (FSU), 60 percent of oil spills weren’t even measured for environmental effects. One-party states, oddly enough, are not very responsive to their citizens’ desire for transparency, let alone environmental health.
To sum up: Capitalism does not = “no regulations and no role for the federal government during an environmental catastrophe.” Socialism does not = “better environmental stewardship and quicker clean-up efforts.”
Steve McCann at American Thinker has a thought provoking piece on the downfall of socialism:
Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and it will continue to do so despite the best efforts of the die-hard true believers in the Obama administration and the rest of the world. The most recent example of this failure: Euro-Socialism is presently bankrupting the countries that embraced it in Europe. This will result not only in more social and economic upheaval, but also the ultimate demise of the ill-conceived European Union.The original and current proponents of socialism fail to take into account one very basic but immutable factor: the fundamental nature of the human race.The most dominant trait mankind has, as do all living creatures, is an innate desire to survive and prosper. Read the rest of this entry »
Back when Obama was trying to convince Congress to destroy America’s health care system in the name of expanding government and giving Democrats more power, his administration claimed that there would be no rationing under the program:
“No one here is talking about rationing,” said Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office for Management and Budget. “What we are talking about, look at the source of that 30 percent or so in potential efficiency gains in the health system are from unnecessary procedures, unnecessary days in hospital, unnecessary applications of technology and what have you.”
Crusader Rabbit makes a brief point about the history of the Soviet Union and its archives, and the fact that while the atrocities of the so-called right-wing Nazi Party (because right-wingers are all about implementing socialist policies like the Nazis were) are widely publicized, the atrocities of the Communist Soviet Union are largely ignored.
[T]he modern left- who prefer now the label “progressives”- are the direct inheritors of the mindset responsible for the carnage and misery caused by communism.
Oh sure, it’s been given a poodle clip and been well deodorised by its media and political handlers, but it’s the same ravening beast it always was, rehabilitated to the point where anyone using the word “communist” is derided as a throwback.
The same holds true for the atrocities of other hard communist nations like North Korea, China, and Cuba. Socialism in its various forms has resulted in more deaths than any other force in history, and that fact is widely ignored by a progressive movement that not only is unconcerned with the human cost of such ideologies, but often seeks to duplicate such policies, assured that they will work properly if only they tweak them a bit and try again.
From the wondrous, miraculous, and highly efficient UK socialized health care system, we are brought the case of an elderly woman who was taken of the waiting list for an operation because she dared to consult a private physician.
A woman with crippling back pain who has been waiting months for an operation was removed from the NHS waiting list because she had a private consultation.
Breast cancer survivor Jenny Whitehead was told by her NHS trust in December last year that she would have to wait five months before she could see an orthopaedic surgeon after a scan revealed a cyst on her spine.
Having suffered back pain since 2008 and unable to face months of waiting in pain, she decided to pay £250 for a private session with the same doctor the following week.
He assured the 64-year- old retired museum assistant that he would add her to his NHS waiting list for an operation to have the growth removed.
But she was shocked when Bradford and Airedale NHS Trust told her she had been taken off the waiting list because her private consultation disqualified her from any further NHS treatment under that referral.
With service like that, I am shocked and amazed and astounded that we haven’t completely and unquestioningly adopted that system over here. (Yes, that was pure snark.)
Hat tip: Van Helsing at Moonbattery.
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