Given its track record, one wonders why socialism is gaining in popularity in the U.S. and what appeal it has to a generation that, apparently, knows little about it.
A recent survey from
Why does socialism receive such strong support among the young? I think it's partly due to what is being taught in too many public schools and universities and it is partly due to ignorance and human nature, which would rather get a check than earn one.
Three quotes about socialism sum up both its false promise and its danger.
• "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." --
• "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." --
• "The goal of socialism is communism." --
There are many modern and older examples of socialism's failures. A modern one is found in
Under the presidency of the late
The latest is a reduction in the workweek to two days, Monday and Tuesday, at least until the end of May. It's supposed to save energy and electricity, which are in short supply.
Surgical sutures are either unavailable, or of poor quality when they can be found. Food shortages are common and the food that is available often requires one to wait in line for many hours to buy even small amounts.
In what could be the ultimate shortage, the
It isn't hard to understand the attraction of socialism in the U.S. No one has had to live under it. College students, who are supposed to be smart, must not be learning real history in classes taught by tenured professors who are often leftovers from the '60s hippie movement.
Capitalism and its political sister, democracy, offer opportunity, not guaranteed outcome. Socialism is mutually shared poverty. It is the ultimate liberal fantasy and is built on envy, a sense of entitlement and greed.
Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essential difference between the two conflicting systems when he wrote: "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
This is the rotten fruit being sold to the Venezuelan people and it is what's being peddled by Democratic presidential candidate