How many times do we have to say that socialism has already been tried. It’s been tried in countries all over the world with disastrous consequences for everyone living in those societies. Proponents of socialism on the left will tell you that socialism simply means sharing- and they’re right. It means the sharing by force of the products of the labor of the working class. And in the end, it means all those who run afoul of the ruling party will share a mass grave.
The story of the last century highlights one thing perhaps more than anything else: that communism, socialism, central planning- whatever you want to call it- inevitably lead to forced labor, crushing poverty, and mass murder.
Crazy-Eyes Cortez’ Green New Deal, for example, almost guarantees the forced labor of some so that others can receive their “guaranteed living wage.” It’s absolute madness. But if you think about it, it’s easy to see that someone would have to be forced to work to have the fruits of their labor forcibly taken in order to give it to someone else. She’s too stupid to see that. But the American people are not.
Now, Bernie Sanders is promising the same thing- free stuff. Sanders is promising his supporters free college, free Medicare, and a guaranteed “living wage.” I’ll tell you this- if Sanders was elected president and set into law a $15 – $20 per hour minimum living wage- it would quickly become a non-living wage as prices shoot through the roof and the value of the dollar plummets.
All of this socialism rhetoric comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s epic state of the union address wherein he asserted that the United States will never be a socialist country.
He said, “We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom, and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence –- not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
These comments drew applause from the audience and praise from Americans. The people of this country have an inherent understanding of the fact that a person has the right to work for success- and that the products of their labor belong to them and them alone. It is an essential component of the American spirit- the notion that taxation without representation is an evil- that it is theft.
What’s more, we know that nothing in life is free. We know that every bite of food we eat is the product of hard work. We know that every advance and convenience we enjoy was invented, constructed, and delivered by the hands of someone who was working hard to make it available. The money we earn to spend on these products of our neighbor’s labor is also earned by the sweat of our brow.
The very premise of socialism is based on a deceptive perversion of these truths. It says that the “capitalist” (read employer) can never own the labor of the worker. It says that they wrongfully leverage the labor of the worker to derive undeserved wealth.
What these Marxist teachings fail to recognize is the fact that the worker only has a place to work because the “capitalist” created a work environment where the value of labor can be magnified.
Because employers are able to magnify the value of their employee’s labor- they are able to make a sustainable workplace. The worker and the employer are equally wealthy. The employer has spent time, effort, and capital to create the workplace. They are compensated by greater wealth later. The worker, has not made those investments. In other words, the worker has not paid in to the creation of the work place.
Therefore, the worker still retains the value inherent in his unspent time and effort. He can use those resources to develop himself and his life in other ways.
This is what we call freedom. Its inevitable result is natural inequality. Some people get rich. Some people do not. Our lots in life are the direct result of our efforts, our good fortune, and the influence of bad actors.
The proper role of government is to restrict the ability of bad actors to interfere with others. Outside of that- no government has any legitimate right to intervene in our lives.