Greatest Lie of the 20th Century

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  1. LogikAndReazon
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    Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.

    In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge. It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.

    A pyramid scheme is ultimately unsustainable because it is based on faulty principles. Likewise, collectivism is unsustainable in the long run because it is a flawed theory. Socialism does not work because it is not consistent with fundamental principles of human behavior. The failure of socialism in countries around the world can be traced to one critical defect: it is a system that ignores incentives.

    In a capitalist economy, incentives are of the utmost importance. Market prices, the profit-and-loss system of accounting, and private property rights provide an efficient, interrelated system of incentives to guide and direct economic behavior. Capitalism is based on the theory that incentives matter!

    Under socialism, incentives either play a minimal role or are ignored totally. A centrally planned economy without market prices or profits, where property is owned by the state, is a system without an effective incentive mechanism to direct economic activity. By failing to emphasize incentives, socialism is a theory inconsistent with human nature and is therefore doomed to fail. Socialism is based on the theory that incentives don't matter!

    Why Socialism Failed
     
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    Hate to disappoint you but there has never been a pure socialist state, just as there has never been a pure capitalistic state.

    The everlasting argument is just what the mix of our mixed economy will be.
     
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    Lets not make this stupid arguement again, what is the perfect socialist state, if not the USSR?
     
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    So this trickle down, free trade, deregulation crap was the gospel truth and the path to prosperity for all? Seeing as how the world has moved far more towards a horribly exclusive form of corporate socialism than populist socialism it seems that you are still laboring under the biggest ongoing lie of the 20th and 21st centuries.
     
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    Just think what socialism could be when they do perfect it......................A classless UTOPIA
     
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    Funny thing is nuttso Mittens praised socialist medicine in Poland. 'course, typical Etch A Sketch, the dumb twit didn't know what he was praising at the time. He said he liked that "smaller govt" but that's not what Poland has. Not by a long shot.

    OTOH, other pubs/pots want to pass lots and lots of laws, bigger and bigger government - all to control Americans.

    Just like Mittens wants.
     
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    So you're a utopian socialist? Please say yes
     
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    Capitalism can be sooooooooooo damned UNFAIR
     
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    You are right but the closer the experiment approached purity the more onerous it was for the ordinary person who wasn't a part of the leadership or an opportunistic thug.
     
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    Denmark: The Happiest Place on Earth - ABC News

    "The answer you get is not only how they feel right now, but also how they feel about their entire life," explained Dan Buettner, who has studied happiness and longevity around the world through his Blue Zones project Buettner said that if you mine all the databases of universities and research centers, you'll find that the happiest place on earth is ? Denmark. Cold, dreary, unspectacular Denmark.
     

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