Socialism at its core is diametrically opposed to everything our Constitution stands for. So how is an avowed socialist now holding an office that requires swearing an oath to protect and defend our Constitution? How is he being allowed to run for President of the United States when everything he openly promises to do will further erode or even finish the destruction of our Constitution? For the first 30 years of his tenure in public office, you can blame the idiots in Vermont. For the fact that he is a NATIONAL contender for the office of POTUS, you can blame our education system which has been steadily destroyed over the last 75 years or so by liberal-progressives to the point that we have now turned out two generations of students who are barely literate, and have been indoctrinated instead of educated on civics. When you ask the overwhelming majority of Sanders supporters what socialism is, they have no idea. They hear the platitudes and promises that everything will be free and equal, but haven’t been taught the history that every single time this ideology has been followed, it leads eventually to totalitarianism, shortage, suffering, and death. Russian and the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and North Korea are classic examples.
The most recent example is unfolding right before our eyes in Venezuela, where a country that is rich in resources and used to be the most prosperous nation in South America has collapsed in 15 short years after electing a socialist (Hugo Chavez) who promised all the things Sanders is promising now. But as the policies of Chavez the Menshevik began to fail, Chavez the Bolshevik began to emerge. Rather than blaming his own policies for the failing economy, he blamed the businesses and business owners, and his opposition. He began the inevitable socialist/communist nationalization of industries and all segments of the economy. When it became obvious that one could not make a profit in the Chavez economy, businesses closed and companies left the country. Now you have shortages of literally everything. They can’t get even basic medications, the lights don’t stay on, they wait in 5 hour lines for the most basic of needs, and riots happen daily. They have over 700% inflation. They are one of the most oil rich nations on earth, yet they must import oil and gasoline because the government run oil industry has destroyed their production capacity. The most tragic thing about this is that we are only a few years behind Venezuela on our current trajectory, and because of the size of our nation the fall will be much harder, and the crash much louder and more violent.
This is where socialism leads, and it’s a dead end.
It’s disheartening that an avowed socialist is a viable candidate for president of the United States. Socialism is a dead end. For hundreds of years, it has failed everywhere it’s been adopted. The enthusiasm of our youth for the candidacy of Bernie Sanders is a symptom of our failure to educate them, not only in history, government and economics, but also basic morality.
You don’t have to be a student of ancient history to know socialism doesn’t work. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 was an unequivocal demonstration of the moral and economic superiority of capitalism. The misery caused by socialism is unfolding today in Venezuela. Since Venezuela embraced socialism in 1999, poverty, crime and corruption have all increased. Grocery shelves are empty and the annual inflation rate is estimated to be as high as 200 percent.
The United States is a constitutional republic founded on political equality, not equality of income or circumstances. Our system of government was designed to secure the natural rights of its citizens. These rights include not only “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but the right to acquire and maintain private property. The Founding Fathers considered property rights to be sacred and
Under capitalism, goods and services are distributed through private, voluntary exchanges. When people engage in volitional transactions, everyone benefits. If we believe a transaction is in our best interest, we have an incentive to maintain good relations with those with whom we’re trading. Thus a society based on freedom and trading promotes good will and civility. Our free-market system has produced the greatest prosperity in human history.
There are no property rights under socialism. Goods and services are distributed by force through political means. Everything you possess is subject to confiscation and redistribution. Industrious and productive people are punished; parasites are rewarded. When people come to believe they have a right to goods and services produced by other people, society disintegrates into squabbling factions. If socialism is allowed to progress to its logical extreme, it culminates in a military dictatorship like North Korea.
What about so-called “crony capitalism”? This is nothing more than socialism that benefits the wealthy and influential. It’s just as wrong as any other form of socialism. The cure is to limit government power. Human nature is corruptible. If government has the power to redistribute wealth, it will always act in the interests of the powerful segments of society. What made America great is not progressive government, but the genius and industry of a people freed from arbitrary power by the chains placed upon government by our Constitution.
Socialism isn’t so much a legitimate economic system as it is a moral failing. It will always exist because ignorant people will always want something for nothing. If we want to retain our freedom and prosperity, then we must educate our children that the purpose of government is to secure liberty, not provide free lunches.
Deming (email@example.com) is a professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma.
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