Socialism is evil

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    Socialism is evil

    Walter E. Williams


    What is socialism? We miss the boat if we say it's the agenda of left-wingers and Democrats. According to Marxist doctrine, socialism is a stage of society between capitalism and communism where private ownership and control over property are eliminated. The essence of socialism is the attenuation and ultimate abolition of private property rights. Attacks on private property include, but are not limited to, confiscating the rightful property of one person and giving it to another to whom it doesn't belong. When this is done privately, we call it theft. When it's done collectively, we use euphemisms: income transfers or redistribution. It's not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well.

    Republicans and right-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to farmers, banks, airlines and other failing businesses. Democrats and left-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to poor people, cities and artists. Both agree on taking one American's earnings to give to another; they simply differ on the recipients. This kind of congressional activity constitutes at least two-thirds of the federal budget.

    Regardless of the purpose, such behavior is immoral. It's a reduced form of slavery. After all, what is the essence of slavery? It's the forceful use of one person to serve the purposes of another person. When Congress, through the tax code, takes the earnings of one person and turns around to give it to another person in the forms of prescription drugs, Social Security, food stamps, farm subsidies or airline bailouts, it is forcibly using one person to serve the purposes of another.

    The moral question stands out in starker relief when we acknowledge that those spending programs coming out of Congress do not represent lawmakers reaching into their own pockets and sending out the money. Moreover, there's no tooth fairy or Santa Claus giving them the money. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces us to acknowledge that the only way government can give one American a dollar is to first -- through intimidation, threats and coercion -- take that dollar from some other American.

    Some might rejoin that all of this is a result of a democratic process and it's legal. Legality alone is no guide for a moral people. There are many things in this world that have been, or are, legal but clearly immoral. Slavery was legal. Did that make it moral? South Africa's apartheid, Nazi persecution of Jews, and Stalinist and Maoist purges were all legal, but did that make them moral?

    Can a moral case be made for taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another to whom it does not belong? I think not. That's why socialism is evil. It uses evil means (coercion) to achieve what are seen as good ends (helping people). We might also note that an act that is inherently evil does not become moral simply because there's a majority consensus.




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    Yes make each parent pay the full cost of their childs education.
    Darn evil socialism.
     
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    Perhaps if parents were fully responsible, they would ensure their children learned the proper use of an apostrophe.
     
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    Grammar Nazi alert!
     
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    While I can't agree that it is evil, at least the author doesn't single out one of the parties or the other as being the evil socialist redistributing monster.
     
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    MLK Jr. was a Socialist.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    Hear ye', hear ye' .. it has been so declared by black neo-confederate Walter Williams that anything designated as "public" is evil. That all the examples of socialism in America .. such as police departments, libraries, and any service that benefits actual PEOPLE, not property, is evil.

    Thank you Walter (Johnny Reb) Williams.

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    "We might also note that an act that is inherently evil does not become moral simply because there's a majority consensus. "
    yes, slavery comes to mind
    The biggest problem with socialism is the means not necessary the goals or ends.
    If ones describes the "ends" as everyone having what they need to survive. All politicians try to claim that is what they are doing for the masses.

    There are many in the US who claim to be socialists or claim to want the same ends with little understanding or care of the means on how to achieve those goals. They just know we must achieve those goals, at any cost. Which is where the problems come in....
     
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    Help me, if you could please

    What is that term that the Left uses to describe a black person who does not vote for Democrats?
    :doubt:
     
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    Not at all,

    one could achieve that same goal with school vouchers for everyone
     

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