An Analogy of America’s Path to Socialism

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    I hate to say this but I am convinced there is no stopping America’s transition to Socialism. I will continue to argue against it and vote against it, but too many today are pushing towards it.

    I understand that there is much more to Socialism than what I will discuss here; however, I would like to provide an analogy about how we are moving towards socialism and see how many of you agree with it.

    Imagine with me for a moment that the free market system is like a large giant with the capability to accomplish much work and growth. Unrestrained, the giant can also create much destruction. So, America initially placed a long rope to give the giant enough freedom to accomplish work. Gradually, the American government has continued to shorten this rope and this has not necessarily been a bad thing to a degree. The problem is that now the balance of how long to make the rope is lost and the shortening of the rope because “the free market needs more controls” has become similar to a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    What I mean by this is that those who ask for more controls are also saying the free market cannot function on its own and needs help, while they continually make it difficult for the free market to accomplish work by shortening the rope. It is almost like a trainer prodding an elephant to reach all the peanuts or hay when the trainer does not allow enough rope/chain to do so. As the elephant becomes more hysterical to reach the food, the trainer will say, “What is wrong with you? Why are you acting this way? There must be something wrong with the elephant and it needs more of my control. I’m going to shorten its chain so I can watch it more closely.” Eventually, the elephant will die and the trainer will ironically say “See, it needed my help all along”.

    Now imagine that the giant is actually made up of all those individuals that are in the market, the small businesses, the investors, large corporations, etc. and each of these individuals or entities has a similar rope that keeps shortening. As the balance between being able to accomplish enough to be profitable with the short rope shifts towards unprofitability, each individual will begin to see other options. Some will say “The government is giving out ‘free’ pay with no effort and I cannot seem to make ends meet” and decide to get out of the market. Others will say “I can do better just working for the group at the end of this rope” or “it’s not worth the effort” and will get a job working for the government. What this also does is put more strain on those still making efforts against the short rope and intensifies the problem, since less individuals per capita are working in the free market and more individuals go on government support which have to be paid by increased taxes of the free market. All we have to do is consider the percent of government spending as a percent of GDP to see this.

    Eventually, as more and more continue to rely on either “free” support from the government or a paycheck from the government, the “free market” will be “morphed” into one much larger, monopolized, and more destructive giant with little or no restraint: the government.
     
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    Newsflash!!!!!!!!

    We ARE already a socialist country. We are NOT a democracy or a capitalist country anymore. We ceased being such with the Clinton Administration. Too bad for guys like you and me. The takeover of communism is next.
     
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    I often think what peoples excuses will be after the government gives them practically everything needed to better their lives and don't.
     
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    I just love this thread..
    We just endured an economic collapse into the largest recession since the 30s. The reason was unrestrained capitalism. We removed Government oversight and gave the banks and manufacturers free reign.
    Now, any attempt to regain control of our shattered economy gets the dreaded label.....SOCIALISM

    Is everyone scared yet?
     
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    Newsflash!!!!

    Socialism and democracy can, and do, exist hand-in-hand in many nations all over the world, including our own.

    Governments can be Socialist-Democracies or Capitalist-Totalitarianisms, ruled by a small number of very rich people.

    Plus, if our nation had been a socialist nation for the past decade, the wealth gap between rich and poor would have shrunk, wouldn't it? Instead it has grown by leaps and bounds.

    In fact, for the past 30 years, governmental control over industry in general has been shrinking, not growing.

    Which was the whole reason the current economic crisis occurred in the first place.
     
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    Word. :clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    yep
     
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    gaps between rich and poor have nothing to do with socialism. They have muchmore to do with communism. but the country as a whole isn't quite ready for that. But we have already embraced socialism.
     
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    I believe what you meant to say was 'unrestrained CRONY capitalism'.
     
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    Your implication was that it was socialism leading to communism, which would have included redistribution of wealth.

    However, technically you are correct in that socialism does nt necessitate lowering wealth gaps.

    However, it's also true that Socialism has nothing to do with Democracy.
     

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