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Socialism, the Killer

Socialism is a dangerous idea.
What makes it tick, and why is it so horrendous?

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By Addie Mae Villas | USA

Currently, 44% of millennials would rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist country. What they often get wrong is not only the definition of socialism, the study states that 66% of the participants gave the wrong definition, but also the fact that socialism kills and would never work in the United States. From just 1914-1999, socialism had killed over 94 million people, but with socialism being alive and well currently, that number has only risen. Vladimir Lenin once said “the goal of socialism is communism.” so why aren’t people realizing that socialism is an atrocity?

Socialism is dangerous for many reasons, it gives unchecked power to the state, removes freedoms, and destroys the economy. With socialism, it causes all production to be regulated by the state, as well as attempting at creating equality through distribution. In our current capitalist market, we have diversity and incentives to succeed because businesses are upheld with their own capital. In a socialist economy, the government bears the harm of failure but also gains all profit. When there is no incentive to do well, products are created to just get by and the markets are controlled with a tight fist leaving no space for originality. On a larger picture, socialism leads to large governments, that restrict liberties for everyone. One can easily turn to North Korea or Venezuela, two socialist countries where human rights are violated without an eye being batted. What makes it even worse is the fact that everyone is equally poor. In order to achieve the equality that so many people look for in socialism, everyone suffers. Margaret Thatcher wisely stated that the problem with socialism and socialist is “They always run out of other people’s money.” Distribution of wealth divides the goods of the people across everyone. This forces people to give up their possessions, again causing the loss of rights. Socialism is a killer, and when it isn’t, it takes away human rights and freedom.

So why is socialism so popular with the youth of America? The YouGov study, cited earlier, that millennials believe that socialism is the way to create a utopian society with safe spaces and equality, but in the end, it does none of the things it promises. Currently, Venezuela is collapsing after years of socialism. Citizens of the once prosperous nation, now are starving and seeing one of the world’s fattest inflations. In North Korea, the people see no freedom and greatly suffer under the totalitarian regime. Often times, socialists turn to the Scandinavian socialism as a form of socialism that would work in the US. The problem with that version of socialism is the fact that Scandinavia is 15 times smaller than the US and Scandinavia has a very homogenous population. Even then, most of the countries in Scandinavia don’t practice true socialism as they still have freedom in the markets. Plus, most of the countries see high tax rates in order to compensate for their government spending. So, in the end, socialism fails on all aspects.

It’s high time for people to leave the dreams of socialism in the past. But, it is also time for the future children of the world to learn from the past and prevent the horrors of socialism coming to the United States. Ayn Rand remarked that “There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.” Maybe millennials should pick up a history textbook and learn that socialism has never and will never work.

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  1. Interesting perspective. As a socialist I would say you did a great job building a straw man and burning it down! I dare you to debate a real socialist who can tell you what socialism really is because it is hilariously obvious that you have read no Marx, Luxemburg or Kropotkin or even know who the latter two are. If you want to claim your actually knowledgeable on socialism and patronize us about “picking up a history text” maybe you should actually pick one up yourself before you start repeating republican talking points like your some broken robot. Stunning! Instead of digging into you more let me critique your article directly.

    94 million dead? First, I guess I need to say that I don’t defend Mao and Stalin and all the other Marxist Leninist (you would know what that was if you knew anything about socialism) because I’m not a Marxist Leninist. But let me just try to argue with your point because that is what you want me to do. Lets say I don’t argue with your number. What about those killed by capitalism or are we only critical of our enemies mistakes but not our own? Irish potato famine is a good million to start with. Colonial genocide should also be another few million. How about the crusades or does that not count because socialism is not always secular?

    “The goal of socialism is communism”. Very true, but your understanding of communism is actually wrong. The USSR was technically a socialist state, they were not communist in Lenin’s mind when he said “communism” in the above quote. Lenin would tell you that no communist state has never actually happened and you would know that if you have read Marx.

    “…the government bears the harm of failure but also gains all profit,” again you don’t know what socialism is. What your describing is state capitalism. Completely different. Under a socialist system all the workers at the company or factory would have ownership of the business and democratic control over it therefor would be directly motivated in the businesses success. Again, you don’t know anything about socialism.

    “On a larger picture, socialism leads to large governments, that restrict liberties for everyone.” You know the funny part about this one is if any of you small government people actually read Marx you would know that the final goal of socialism, communism, is a stateless society. Sooooooooo we really are not for large government by any means of the imagination. Social democratic policies are large government and the USSR was so I can see how you would get confused but again, you need to actually know about what your critiquing before your do.

    “This forces people to give up their possessions” again you don’t know how socialism works. There is a difference between person property and private property, look it up.

    “The problem with that version of socialism is the fact that Scandinavia is 15 times smaller than the US and Scandinavia has a very homogenous population.” You never explain why this fact would stop Scandinavian socialism from working in America. Why? Your literally just displaying a fact and don’t even making and argument and then pretending that your making an argument. You know this would not be so painful if you guys knew how to make arguments.

    “Even then, most of the countries in Scandinavia don’t practice true socialism as they still have freedom in the markets.” First, its not socialism because the people do not own the means of production, socialism is ok with free markets. We are talking about Scandinavian socialism here, not real socialism so all that I have to defend is Scandinavian socialism….. which you seem to attack by saying well its not socialism so……… theres no argument here again, have I won already? If your going to attack Scandinavian socialism, rip it to shreds! Get out sources as your bio says, you love those sources and try to do a number on it! Instead you seem to admit that it works by not directly engaging it and then you skirt around the matter! Hahahahahahaha, ohhh man this is too rich. Its as if you have been living in a bubble and have never actually debated a socialist before.

    “Plus, most of the countries see high tax rates in order to compensate for their government spending. So, in the end, socialism fails on all aspects.” Wait, how does a high tax rat equate to socialism failing on all aspects? You need to argue that high taxes are bad for the economy first before you can make that claim……. which you did not do. Are high tax rates bad? This is, again, social democracy your hitting here so you are not even hitting the right target…. again.

    “There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism – by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.” So your final point is that socialism is slavery? What??? You want to know the hilarious part about this one… socialists think capitalism is slavery! I know right isn’t that really funny!! Hahahahahaha, so if we both think the other one is slavery then…… which one is slavery!?!?! I’m so intrigued already! So I have a question for you. If you have to work to feed yourself and you have to do what employer says and have no say in the matter, is that slavery? You need a job to feed yourself right? But if you went to work and you had a democratic say in what the company did and had a motivational stake in the companies successes because it was your job wouldn’t that be less slave-like? No? Yes? The thing is, as a socialist I support the idea that businesses are owned by the workers so…… is that slavery? It seems to me that it is less forceful of coercive then the capitalist example.

    No conservative seems to ever read anything about socialism. Its hilarious.

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  2. anarchyanonononon January 19, 2018 at 10:45 am

    fuck capitalism

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  4. Sounds like you need a gulag.

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