For those of us who were combatants in the cold war, the word “socialism” automatically brings up the nightmare of the Soviet Union and other totalitarian regimes. It wasn’t until much later I really understood the essence of socialism as an attempt at an economic system completely incompatible with human nature. People do not accept socialism, thus the need for tyrants like Lenin and Stalin for the implementation.
To have Bernie Sanders flaunt his socialist philosophies is incredulous to me, an amazing shallowness of thought and ideas. Much worse are the 10’s of thousands of drones who believe his naive lies and expect a real government to be able to function that way. For some reason, they can’t fathom the complete collapse and failure of to Great Socialist Experiment of the 20th Century, the Soviet Union.
Would you like to see the logical proof that socialism always has to fail? Its pretty basic.
First we have something called the rule of subsidies. Very easy to understand. Whatever you subsidize you get more of. Whatever you tax you get less of. If you subsidize green tea shirts by paying people $20 to wear them, you get a whole lot of people wearing green tea shirts. If you tax grape juice by 300% you get many fewer people drinking grape juice.
But this is not just a (glibly stated) economic truism. This is an overwhelming economic principle applicable on a worldwide scale.
Now let’s consider the essence of socialism as uttered by Marx (originally from Louis Blanc). “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
Very simple. To implement socialism you tax “ability” so you get less “ability.” And then you subsidize “needs” so you get more needy people. In engineering, I would call this negative feedback system, because as “needs” increase the tax on “ability” will go up, and those able people will have more needs. This cycle inevitably crashes without an external feed source.
This is the nature of socialism, why it is so foolish. Any socialist endeavor has these qualities and such endeavors eventually require vast outside resources to continue. That’s why the Soviet Union continually tried to absorb resources.
As much as I, as a good conservative, would love to see Bernie Sanders beat Hillary for the Democratic nomination, it is highly unlikely. The biggest danger is he will leave a legacy of socialist followers who will attempt to legitimize socialism as an economic system.
If you would like a more comprehensive explanation of why socialism can’t work, there is a much broader explanation in my book, The Opposite of Obamacare