Socialism depends upon and presupposes material achievements which socialism itself can never create. Socialism is operative only in wealth situations brought about by modes of production other than its own. Socialism takes and redistributes wealth, but it is utterly incapable of creating wealth.
– Leonard Read
Socialism and communism literally objectify the individual, who exists only as a means of advancing the interests of the state. There is no individual, and no valid reason for people to have rights, separate from their membership in and contributions to the state.
Michael Munger, “Capitalism and Objectivification“
CUMANÁ, Venezuela — With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.
Nicholas Casey, “Venezuelans Ransack Stores as Hunger Grips the Nation”
“Socialist revolutions, to be sure, have occurred throughout the world, but never where Marx’s theory had predicted—in the most advanced capitalist countries. On the contrary, socialism was forced on poor, so-called Third World countries. And those revolutions unwittingly condemned the masses to systemic poverty and political dictatorship. In practice, socialism absolutely failed to create the nonalienated, self-managed, and fully planned society. It failed to emancipate the masses and instead crushed them with statism, domination, and the terrifying abuse of state power.”
Socialism was the tragic failure of the twentieth century. Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty.
Please, go read read this short article. Think about it. Read it again. Share it with your friends and family. Talk about it. This is the system that the American Democratic party desires to move us to. (Yes, there are many socialist Republicans, just as dangerous.) This is what Bernie Sanders claims to be and this is what Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic candidates are, but do not overtly admit to.
For the love of all that is good and true and beautiful, read, share and talk about this.
“The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of each other; it is to generalize plunder under pretence of organizing it. Now, legal plunder may be exercised in an infinite multitude of ways. Hence come an infinite multitude of plans for organization; tariffs, protection, perquisites, gratuities, encouragements, progressive taxation, gratuitous instruction, right to labor, right to profit, right to wages, right to assistance, right to instruments of labor, gratuity of credit, etc., etc. And it is all these plans, taken as a whole, with what they have in common, legal plunder, which takes the name of socialism.”
– Frédéric Bastiat, The Law