Problems With Socialism

Introduction:According to Frederick Engel's The Communist Manifesto, which was published in 1848, Socialism is viewed as a stepping stone from a country's current state to complete Communism. No country has ever had a successful experiment with Socialism, (which makes you wonder why on earth the Obama administration seems so hell bent upon it). One of Socialism's stated goals, for instance, is to reduce and/or eliminate poverty. No nation has ever reduced or eliminated poverty as the result of Socialism. Read on to discover five primary problems with Communism's "little brother".

  • 01

    Socialism Is Enforced Equality

    On the surface, as the United States moves ever closer towards Socialism, it's a wonder why our government seems to so prize "diversity", when the task of a Socialistic economy is to take all of the our amazing talents, resources, and abilities to produce and combine and repackage them into neat little government approved portions that go to each according to his need. Excepting, of course, those in charge of enforcing the equality who somehow don't view their equality to be as important as everyone else's with one another. Which explains, for example, how Fidel Castro managed to become one of the world's wealthiest people.

  • 02

    Socialism Destroys Individual Initiative

    In a Socialist economy, people are paid the same, regardless of quality of work. If you pick ten apples and your lazy co-worker picks two, you both get paid the same. Pretty soon everyone is turning in substandard quotas. There is no incentive or personal reward inherent within a Socialist economy to make taking either responsibility or initiative, worthwhile.

  • 03

    Socialism Destroys Freedom

    I grew up believing in an America that was the "land of opportunity" (Do people even REMEMBER this anymore?) America was a nation where a man could come and, with little more than his initiative and hard work, could make a future for himself and his family. This freedom has been systematically stripped away from us by a flood of laws and government regulation that has slowly deprived us of our freedoms, strangled small business and plundered our wealth. Socialism imprisons people. It takes from the individual the freedom of making his own decisions. It contradicts every precept of liberty that America was founded upon. Families who once were in charge of their own destinies now must queue up for government allotted resources such as education (where our children are indoctrinated into the tenets of Socialism even as they learn their ABC's) and healthcare and for permission to pursue the smallest of what once were freedoms. People who don't comply are ostracized as criminals if not demonized as anti-patriotic enemies of the State.

  • 04

    Socialism Takes Away Your Privacy

    One of the so called "benefits" the benevolent Socialist state seeks to bestow upon you is the guise of its "protection". It today has the power to knock down your door if it thinks you're infringing the smallest of laws and take you, handcuffed to prison, to take away your children from you if the manner in which you are raising them doesn't jive with what it thinks is appropriate, to read your email, listen in on your telephone calls, and, with the passage of S510, even has the power to control your access to the most basic of human resources: food. Again, we have forgotten (or not been taught) the lessons of history.

  • 05

    Socialism Doesn't Work In Real Life

    It might look nice on paper, but the problem with Socialism is that people simply don't want to work for each other, they want to work to provide for themselves and their families. This was illustrated rather well in 1623 in Plymouth Colony. The settlers of Plymouth Colony were so uninterested in working for the "common good" that they faked illness and risked starvation rather than work, causing a devastating two year famine. But when Governor William Bradford allotted each family its own parcel of land, where they could grow corn for their own PERSONAL use, the people suddenly became industrious, and planted far more corn than ever before, resulting in an abundant harvest. As as a result, our nation's first Thanksgiving was celebrated in November.




Final Thoughts

Benjamin Franklin once said, "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." And my own personal favorite, by Virginia patriot Patrick Henry: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" I don't know about you, but I'm with Ben and Patrick on this one!


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