Skip to comments.Why Isn't Socialism Dead
Posted on 05/05/2006 5:59:43 AM PDT by RKV
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As long as half the population is on the left side of the bell curve, and responds to populist idiocy that "I am a failure because the rice are taking it all", socialism will continue to thrive.
Socialism will be alive as long as stupidity is popular.
Socialism may not be deat but Bolivia soon will be.
According to the American left, the right people haven't tried it yet. That would be them, I guess.
The damn rice have everything I tell ya! Especially the white rice!
Revolutionary socialism revival coming soon to a city near you.
Unfortunately the socialist libs are gaining strength thru the people they are supporting.
"Why isn't socialism dead?"
Because we live in a fallen world.
Yep. Given the actual historical results, counting on socialism is a matter of faith, and not of reason.
It is not until a person becomes mature and fully self-reliant that the inherent evil of socialism becomes apparent.
Another Atlas Shrugged moment in the making.
Capitalism is a philosophy of individual success, not group identities.
Socialism has myths of triumphant groups inheriting the earth. There is some power in that sort of myth. Capitalism's myths are of the Horatio Alger sort. But the academics try very hard to ridicule that. The great American industrialists of the late nineteenth century were all pilloried as "Robber Barons".
Everyone -- even many Conservatives -- wants to drag down the people at the top. Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Ken Lay, Martha Stewart -- they don't have too many friends. Achieving the dream of success under capitalism really puts a target on your back. Building a glorious myth out of that is hard.
But Ayn Rand did it, so it can be done.
The reason its not dead is because its a religion to the left.
Ayn Rand was something of a prophetess, wasn't she?
Having been a 49er fan since I was quite young, I can assure you the Jerry Rice has been taxed - a lot. He made a chunk of change playing ball, and the IRS surely got a piece of the action. ;>)
Why Isn't socialism dead?
Good question, but the answer is that it's not dead because it offers total power to those at the top. My opinion is that's what Hillary sees in it, for instance.
And so, unfortunately is history. From the Gay Nineties (1890s) paralleling Clinton's years, to the upsurgence of populist movements starting around 1905, paralleling the diminishing of democratic governments in South America, we seem to be on a path that could run to total war in the next ten years.
Re my tagline, it looks more and more impossible every day.
So many people WANT to be "looked after" and thus told what to do, that despots of every kind are eager to "give" these little people what they desire.
Socialism is making a resurgence. In this country. And if the Democrats take the majority in 06 and 08, capitalism will be for all intents and purposes finished in this country.
on the one side, people are jealous of those with more and crave security from want
on the other side, is the power to control others by fostering the illusion.
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The GOP of today, isn't much for capitalism itself. If it's big business, capable of delivering big campaign contributions, that seems to be OK. Small and medium businesses aren't OK to the Repubs. Tort reform is stalled in Congress. Taxes have been lowered, but not permananently, to keep the threat of a Democratic (socialist) legislature up front. Business regulations passed by prior DemocRATic legislatures haven't been repealed. The BOR isn't in great shape either. The motto seems to be "the GOP, a kinder gentler (slightly slower) path to socialism."
Yep, even though both the Ten Commandments and the Seven Deadly Sins forbid/warn against covetousness, greed, envy - class warfare continues unabated.
Socialism is the best way for the rich and powerful to go on exploiting and controlling the poor and the middle class. It prevents you frm getting where tehy are, whcih is why the rich make the best socialists.
And for those on the bottom; i.e., everyone else, it offers the promise of a PowerBall Lotto--the "chance" of a free lunch, free housing, free medical benefits, and guaranteed income for life.
The only thing is, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Socialism isn't dead yet because the hildabeast is still living.
As usual, we can blame it on White Rice-ism! ;^)
If getting rid of the hildabeast was all it would take to get rid of socialism I'd do it myself and count the cost cheap. It ain't that simple. Human nature being what it is, greed and fear are powerful motivators. For those who don't have moral restraints, socialism relies heavily on those two human failings.
Ignorance among a majority of the populace, is bliss for those in the nasty business of imposing socialism upon them.
Good point. Even here in the (sort of) capitalist US, high taxes (and particularly "progressive" income taxes) are designed to prevent hard working middle class people from getting rich. If they got rich, they would have the time (and the experience) to re-shape our political landscape in ways that the current "elite" wouldn't like.
Sorel also perverts the faith of Christianity to make his comparison. To reduce the Christian faith to a "myth that Christ will one day return and usher in the end of time" is an intellectually lazy construct of convenience. If the belief in the second coming of Christ was all Christianity had to offer, I dare say there wouldn't be many Christians in the world.
But the myth is all that socialism has to offer most people. Those who better understand it know that socialism creates a famously wealthy ruling class, so they likely have more realistic, though certainly more selfish, reasons for promoting it.
Because one critical difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
Glad you like the article. I want to check out the author's book now.
Look at David Cameron in the UK, under him the Tories are gaining ground for the first time in years because he appears to be a socialist. Brits will find out for sure only after he is elected.
Republicans must learn to say one thing, and do another. This trait comes easy to a true politician.
Whereas stupidity knows no bounds! LOL.
I would say that a big part of the problem, in places like Venezuela, is that income distribution doesn't look anything like a bell curve. I'd guess that it probably has a very big bulge down near the bottom, a fairly low level through the middle incomes, and then a smaller bulge up at the higher end - i.e. big mass of desperate poverty, a small to moderately-size middle class, and a few ultra-rich. That's what makes so many people willing to embrace radical revolutionary thinking in a place like Venezuela.
OTOH, the income distribution in the US, for example, probably is more like a bell curve, and socialism does appeal to those on the left side of the curve, but not strongly enough to enough people to engender support of a Marxist revolutionary.
Someone has said, "Socialism works - for those in charge."
Socialism is alive and well in Europe and there is creeping socialism in the US. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are increasing in scope and cost.
48 million Americans receive Social Security benefits, including 33 million retirees, 7 million survivors, and 8 million disabled workers. There are 50 million Medicaid recipients.
Nearly 80% of Americans pay more in Social Security taxes than they do in federal income tax.
By 2030, there will be 70 million Americans of retirement age--twice as many as today.
Social Security pays more than $450 billion in benefits each year. If nothing is done, by 2060, the combination of Social Security and Medicare will account for more than 71 percent of the federal budget.
~Professor Alexander Tytler
OOPS sorry. I thought this was a thread about Hillary.
This is the socialist model. Marx as much as admitted that socialism can't get the job done; it doesn't come into its own until the capitalists have done the heavy lifting. Then economic systems "evolve" into the communist model, often by way of socialism.
For what it's worth, the nationalized Saudi oil oligopoly is just about the same model. American know-how found the oil and brought it out, then the production was turned over to the bedouins. And now we're paying to buy the oil that we found in the first place.
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