Socialist Promises

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Presidential contenders are in a battle to out give one another. Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a whopping $50,000 per student college loan forgiveness. Senator Bernie Sanders proposes free health care for all Americans plus illegal aliens. Most Democratic presidential candidates promise free stuff that includes free college, universal income, “Medicare for All” and debt forgiveness.

Their socialist predecessors made promises too. “Freedom and Bread” was the slogan used by Adolf Hitler during the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi) campaign against president Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler even promised, “In the Third Reich every German girl will find a husband.” Stalin promised a great socialist-Marxist society that included better food and better worker conditions. China's Mao Zedong promised democratic constitutionalism and the dream that “farmers have land to till.” These, and other promises, gave Mao the broad political support he needed to win leadership of the entire country in 1949.

Socialism promises a utopia that sounds good, but those promises are never realized. It most often results in massive human suffering. Capitalism fails miserably when compared with a heaven or utopia promised by socialism. But any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. Mankind must make choices among alternative economic systems that actually exist. It turns out that for the common man capitalism, with all of its alleged shortcomings, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with his everyday needs and desires. By most any measure of human well-being, people who live in countries toward the capitalistic end of the economic spectrum are far better off than their fellow men who live in countries toward the socialist end. Why?

Capitalism, or what some call free markets, is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way individuals amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. With the rise of capitalism, it became possible to amass great wealth by serving and pleasing your fellow man. Capitalists seek to discover what people want and produce and market it as efficiently as possible as a means to profit. A historical example of this process would be John D. Rockefeller, whose successful marketing drove kerosene prices down from 58 cents a gallon in 1865 to 7 cents in 1900. Henry Ford became rich by producing cars for the common man. Both Ford's and Rockefeller's personal benefits pale in comparison to the benefits received by the common man who had cheaper kerosene and cheaper and more convenient transportation. There are literally thousands of examples of how mankind's life ha been made better by those in the pursuit of profits. Here's my question to you: Are the people who, by their actions, created unprecedented convenience, longer life expectancy and a more pleasant life for the ordinary person — and became wealthy in the process — deserving of all the scorn and ridicule heaped upon them by intellectuals and political hustlers today?

In many intellectual and political circles, the pursuit of profits is seen as evil. However, this pursuit forces entrepreneurs to find ways to either please people efficiently or go bankrupt. Of course, they could mess up and avoid bankruptcy if they can get government to bail them out or give them protection against competition.

Nonprofit organizations have an easier time of it. As a matter of fact, people tend to be the most displeased with services received from public schools, motor vehicle departments and other government agencies. Nonprofits can operate whether they please people or not. That's because they derive their compensation through taxes. I'm sure that we'd be less satisfied with supermarkets if they had the power to take our money through taxes, as opposed to being forced to find ways to get us to voluntarily give them our money.

By the way, I'm not making an outright condemnation of socialism. I run my household on the Marxist principle, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” That system works when you can remember the names of all involved.


About Walter E.WilliamsWalter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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    I wonder if Larry”Wingnut”Wendlandt, was moderated for his speech on this sight like I get most of the time!!!!!!!!!!!

    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt
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    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt

    “site”. 🙂 Sorry to hear you are getting censored, willy. That’s no good. For me, the AmmoLand admin has been quite tolerant, and so has its commenters. At other blogs, I get censored A LOT, or asked to join something before I can comment. But not here. I’ve always been given a sandwich, a glass of punch, and at least 5 minutes of microphone time, here. (I think I’ve only commented on two subjects, to-date). It might take some time to build-up the proper hatred levels… of me. 🙂 It’s sad that SOME of the commenters have a “stale” view… Read more »

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    willy d

    I think the younger generation is on the you owe me kick for quite some time, my cousin had a daughter back in the late 70’s, got into high school and came home one day and said to her mother, you brought me into this world and you owe me, I never heard what the answer was, but from what I saw after that there was a very large change in attitude after that meeting of the minds! I think the only thing that will set them straight is if a foreign power steps on their doorstep and says you… Read more »

    Joe A.
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    Joe A.

    Socialism is the first step to communism.

    Mark R
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    Mark R

    “The goal of socialism is communism.” – Vladimir Lenin

    You beat me to it but …… thank you for your post Joe A.

    Whuffagowie
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    Whuffagowie

    The oldest profession in the world is sales. Think about this simple truth and learn.

    Zee
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    Zee

    Whatever happened to working hard to get what you want. My generation (I’m 70 years old), my Fathers generation, his Fathers generation etc; knew there were no free rides and had to work towards their goals. they and I went to wars to live in a free nation. Free of Socialism, Free of dictatorship, Free of the government taking our rights and dictating how we should live. Free of terrorists and terrorist government. More than once I’ve had friends my age talk about conversations with younger people. A lot of the younger people have expressed they felt like the government… Read more »

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    DaveW

    “Prior to capitalism, the way individuals amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man.” Precisely what the progressives seek to do. Enslave anyone who does not cave to their ideology of socialism. They seek to do so by a divide and conquer move, coupled with those promises. Essentially, the progressives seek to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States. They will not likely admit it, but one just needs to see what they say and seek to do. Remember how Obama promised to fundamentally change America and the negative comments he and his spouse made?… Read more »

    Nathan Hale
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    Nathan Hale

    Venezuela anyone? Or perhaps Cuba ?
    Why is the Chinese economy prospering now ? Simple! They found out, after experimenting with Pure Communism that it just doesn’t work, therefore the economy is Capitalist while the political body remains Socialist- seems to work for them …to some degree of the sacrifice of freedom. Won’t work here as long as we keep that pesky thing called the Constitution as our guide.

    James
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    James

    What people need to realize is that there is no “free”; somebody somewhere has to pay for it. This is the modern version of buying votes. You promise people something that they want, and then promise them that they won’t have to pay for it. Free health care? That’s great! I’m all in! But who will pay the health care providers salaries? Who will pay for the medical supplies? Who will pay the utility bill for the hospital? There is no “free”.

    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt
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    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt

    Hi We ALL see the pyramid scheme symbol on the back of the USA one dollar bill. We ALL see the servitude infestation in capitalism. We ALL see the “pay up or lose your wellbeing” Chicago mob-like felony extortion widespread within capitalism. We ALL see the “join or starve” felony extortion done to the 18 year olds… by this ugly competer’s church called capitalism. We ALL see how forcing competer’s religions onto 18 year olds, and/or LURING them into it with bling-dangling and promises of empowerments… kills membership in the cooperator’s church (Christianity/socialism). We ALL understand that AmWay (American Way)… Read more »

    Big Jim
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    Big Jim

    I wish i had more time to write but I believe you are a shining example of a heap of manure! Thee is no such thing as a christian socialist. Maybe you better read the bible a little slower next time, not just skim the chapters.

    Priest
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    Priest

    Larry, you lack AGAPE. You have revealed your heart.

    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt
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    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt

    Spankings are included in “agape love”, if that’s what you are talking about. Parents paddle their kids’ asses black and blue… out of love. Tough love.

    Yes, I’m a capitalist lover/hugger, just like I am for bugs and trees and deer and rocks. This is why I (and the MaStars and other American Anti-caps) am/are NOT people-fighters. We are SYSTEM fighters.

    Loving disgusting addiction-inducing systems… is NOT part of agape love. Sorry. Cute try, though.

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    Double D

    Larry you seem to think yourself a Christian socialist of some sort but the fact is that humans being humans you cannot rely on all humans fallowing the rules capitalists or communists. God set forth the seven deadly sins for man to avoid and unfortunately man doesn’t always follow those rules. By capitalism you have many freedoms and choose your way of life but under socialism you cannot as you must conform and except it. Christianity and socialism do not mix and every man must decide on his own to follow Gods laws/rules not being forced by mob rule.

    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt
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    Larry "Wingnut" Wendlandt

    hi… thanks for the considerate reply. Actually, humans will follow the rules of a society, or the police will put them in jail. Simple fix. “Sign-away your power to a boss, and slave yourself… in “order” to get free-marketeer (competer’s chruch) coupons… OR STARVE/OR ELSE”… is NOT freedom. It’s called wage slavery, felony extortion, and forced-religion. All “or elsing” is felony extortion, and we all know it. Time to own-up to it, eh? Christianity and NEW socialism (the kind you don’t hate)… mix perfectly. But let’s stay with the term “community” or “communalism” so you don’t apply all your hatred… Read more »

    Oldmarine
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    Oldmarine

    A lot said but basically wrong on some points. Capitalism has been around since humans walked the earth. Ancient history explains this id detail. All ancient cultures used Capitalism because it is man’s natural way of doing business. The Barter System is Capitalism also The first real civilization was in the Mesopotamia area. The Sumerian civilization had the first real form of Capitalism. Where this all came from is much under debate. The only one Government system that has lasted is one nearest to human nature and that is a form of capitalism. All others really never got off the… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @OM, Again I find myself concurring with you. I believe that Marx and Engles came up with an alternate economic theory because they were, both, hard core unemployables. I bet that they did not give their books away for free!

    Dr. Daniel R. Thomas. Ph.D. D.D
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    Dr. Daniel R. Thomas. Ph.D. D.D

    Rome worked because it gave away free bread to everyone, free public water, and toilets. Food was readily made available as was safety and fear from being killed for what you had was mostly eliminated by laws upheld in courts. But corruption also became a daily evil as everyone was fleeced for all this wonderful new life only to be found in Rome. It’s downfall was blamed on that new sect called Christians. But the truth was closer to a mad emperor than a new sect. Rome survives for more than 1000 years in one form or another and laid… Read more »

    24and7
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    24and7

    Socialism promises to remove your Firearms rights from you.. look at every socialist Nation’s history.. Switzerland was the last Domino that fell.. every country that changed to socialism (or socialized medicine) has giving up their firearms rights.. some voluntarily by voting others by government Force.. Patriots in the United States better resist socialism with everything they have..

    DaveW
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    DaveW

    The last I heard, Switzerland just renounced the EU gun controls. They still have gun ranges and private ownership. In addition, they train people and those people have a mandatory service commitment. The government supplies full military arms and ammo to be stored at home.

    Oldmarine
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    Oldmarine

    During WWII all capable males of age were issued a rifle and trained for warfare. Who would have thought that?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @OM, Yep, and very, very many were under 21 years of age. There was no false claim that someone under 21 was not mature enough to buy a gun in those days. An excellent point!

    tomcat
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    @ Wild Bill, some of those young men were much younger than 21 but still responsible and eager enough to go do the job. We have less than 25% that are useful today. It is a sad state of affairs we are in.