Posted tagged ‘Socialism is Force’

Does Socialism Make People Selfish?

July 26, 2016

Since the Democrat convention starts this week, I thought I would talk about the guiding principle of their Party which is Socialism. Although I probably could have posted this last week judging from some of the “highlights” I saw from the Republican convention.

As a coach, my most difficult task is to get each member of our team to think of the team first and himself second. Have you heard the old adage, “there is no I in TEAM? It’s an adage because it’s true! The reason it’s difficult to mold a group of people into a team is because humans are selfish by nature.

The video below, by Prager University, is titled “SOCIALISM MAKES PEOPLE SELFISH”.

I’m going to disagree a little bit with the title, although this may be just a distinction without a difference.

If people are selfish by nature. And socialism incentivizes selfish behavior. Than socialism doesn’t make people selfish as much as it allows their natural selfishness to flourish.

Here is a quote that sums up the differences between capitalism and socialism.

Capitalism is an economic system for devils, of which there are many. Socialism is an economic system for angels of which there are few.”

In a free market capitalist system selfish individuals have to first produce something that other people want in order to receive what they want in return. Give before you receive. Free market capitalism incentivizes the golden rule.

Watch the video narrated by Dennis Prager.

 

In this article, The Problem With Socialism, Thomas DiLorenzo states the definition of socialism as “government ownership of the means of production“. Government politicians and bureaucrats figured out that production was a difficult task that is best left to entrepreneurs. So “the means to the socialist end evolved into government enforcing redistribution of income through the welfare state and the progressive income tax“. So in Robin Hood fashion, they decided to rob the producers of their property and redistribute it to the poor. Even though Robin Hood actually reacquired and gave back the property the tax collectors stole from the producers.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “As Mises wrote in his own classic on Socialism, socialists have always employed a dual strategy: 1) nationalize as much private property as possible: and 2) “destruction” or the destruction of as much of the private property/ free enterprise society as possible with taxes, regulation, inflation.

 

Related ArticleWhy Socialism Won’t Work? Human Nature, at austrianaddict.com.

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Milton Friedman – Socialism Is Force!

August 13, 2015

Organizing a society via the force of central planning whether it take the form of monarchy, dictatorship, socialism, communism, fascism, or a democratically elected big government is very appealing to the people who are in charge of doing the planning. Or, in the case of democratically elected big government, it also appeals to the people who have been convinced that they are on the side of the planners they elected. As our country moves ever closer toward central planning, more force will have to be used to achieve the planners goals. This will produce more contention between people, which leads to less cooperation and more chaos.

Milton Friedman explains this in the video below.

Here is an excerpt.

“Trying to do good with methods that involve force lead to bad results. Because the people who set out with good intentions are themselves corrupted. And if they’re not corrupted they are replaced with people with bad intentions who are more efficient at getting control of the use of force……The most harm of all is done when power is in the hands of people who are absolutely persuaded of the purity of their intentions.”

Here is a quote from Murrray Rothbard:

“The market promotes and rewards the skills of production and voluntary cooperation. The Government enterprise promotes the skills of mass coercion and bureaucratic submission…and those who get to the top will be those with the most skill in that particular task.”

 

Related ArticleWhy The Worst Get On Top, at mises.org.

Related ArticleWhy Socialism Won’t Work: Human Nature?, at austrianaddict.com.