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The left and that utopian dream that everyone will be the same will never ever happen...
Two Cheers for Capitalism
The misguided leftist hatred of the free market.
February 24, 2016
Bruce Thornton

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If you want a monument to the failure of American schools, just look around a Bernie Sanders rally. It will be full of millennials, the 83 million people born between the early 1980s and 2000s. Most of them have been educated in schools that abandoned basic skills and knowledge, and put in their place curricula designed to “improve” human nature in order to conform to progressive utopian ideals. So instead of informed citizens, we have today’s “tolerant,” “sensitive,” and “diverse” narcissists whose heads are uniformly filled with intolerant leftwing dogma and unexamined political orthodoxy.

Exhibit one is the enthusiasm for socialism on the part of many millennials. This affection for a failed ideology in turn explains their attraction to an antique hippie and self-proclaimed socialist whose only jobs his whole life have been on the public payroll in a state with fewer people than Fresno County. So no surprise that in New Hampshire 83% of the under-30 vote went for Sanders, in Iowa 84%, and in Nevada 82%. That electoral approval, of course, is predicated on massive ignorance of socialism’s historical reality. In a 2010 New York Times/CBS poll, only 16% of millennials knew that socialism means some degree of government ownership of the economy. But it’s not just millennials: 43% of Democrats––and 56% of Democratic primary voters–– also view socialism favorably. That’s why Hillary Clinton is furiously tacking left in the primaries.

Nor do millennials know that Bernie’s advice to “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” ignores the fact that those countries have long been reforming their welfare states and liberalizing their economies, backing away from the failed dirigiste policies that excite the Berniacs. Denmark does have a generous welfare state, but high taxes on the middle class and a regressive Value Added Tax fund these benefits. This inconvenient truth contradicts Bernie’s claim that all his promised goodies can be paid for by punitively taxing “billionaires,” whose combined total wealth couldn’t pay for one year of the federal budget, let alone the trillions of dollars in unfunded social welfare liabilities.

But the flip side of this love of socialism is a strange hatred of capitalism, another consequence of the degeneration of our schools, which teach very little about the history and true nature of capitalism. So all that students know are what popular culture, movie actors, and progressives teach them with caricatures of capitalism as silly as Scrooge McDuck diving into piles of currency or pin-striped Mr. Moneybags lounging at Park Place.

Meanwhile these millennial scourges of corporations and the rich can’t figure out that their comfortable, nutritious, gadget-filled lives are subsidized by the surplus wealth created by the capitalist economy. Similarly the like-minded professors and public employee unions cheering along with them have no clue that their Cadillac pensions are funded by investments in those same corporations that they love to hear Bernie and Hillary demonize.

...

But in the end, those are flaws of human nature and human character, not of capitalism. Those attacking capitalism because it gives scope to greed and inequality should remember that throughout history––the same history no longer taught in our failed schools and universities–– revolutions aiming to create virtue and equality through autocratic power over people and economies have left behind gulags and corpses, misery and scarcity. So to paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is the worst form of economic system––except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Two Cheers for Capitalism
 
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Why do Socialists Hate Capitalism?
By Mike
So why does the Left, Progressive, Democrat, Liberal Socialist hate Capitalism so very, very, much? (I don’t like having to use so many terms, but every time we figure out who these people are they change their name.)

They Hate Capitalism because it does not need them.

I’ve written about this is the past. Capitalism is the Default State of Economics. Capitalism appears in the hardest of Communist experiments. Mutually Beneficial Exchange bubbles up under the most horrific regimes. There is always a War to stop it… but Voluntary Free-Trade cannot be stopped… ever.

This fact, that Free-Trade does not need Socialist guidance, makes them feel small in the Universe. It is a cold illustration of their value… and when you have an Ego that demands your “intelligence” be recognized, this is indeed a painful insult to suffer.

So, the self-proclaimed “Elites” among us have created, perpetuated, clung, to a governing theory that makes them feel good regardless of the historically demonstrable destruction left in its path.
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Why do Socialists Hate Capitalism?
 

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The left and that utopian dream that everyone will be the same will never ever happen...
Two Cheers for Capitalism
The misguided leftist hatred of the free market.
February 24, 2016
Bruce Thornton

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If you want a monument to the failure of American schools, just look around a Bernie Sanders rally. It will be full of millennials, the 83 million people born between the early 1980s and 2000s. Most of them have been educated in schools that abandoned basic skills and knowledge, and put in their place curricula designed to “improve” human nature in order to conform to progressive utopian ideals. So instead of informed citizens, we have today’s “tolerant,” “sensitive,” and “diverse” narcissists whose heads are uniformly filled with intolerant leftwing dogma and unexamined political orthodoxy.

Exhibit one is the enthusiasm for socialism on the part of many millennials. This affection for a failed ideology in turn explains their attraction to an antique hippie and self-proclaimed socialist whose only jobs his whole life have been on the public payroll in a state with fewer people than Fresno County. So no surprise that in New Hampshire 83% of the under-30 vote went for Sanders, in Iowa 84%, and in Nevada 82%. That electoral approval, of course, is predicated on massive ignorance of socialism’s historical reality. In a 2010 New York Times/CBS poll, only 16% of millennials knew that socialism means some degree of government ownership of the economy. But it’s not just millennials: 43% of Democrats––and 56% of Democratic primary voters–– also view socialism favorably. That’s why Hillary Clinton is furiously tacking left in the primaries.

Nor do millennials know that Bernie’s advice to “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” ignores the fact that those countries have long been reforming their welfare states and liberalizing their economies, backing away from the failed dirigiste policies that excite the Berniacs. Denmark does have a generous welfare state, but high taxes on the middle class and a regressive Value Added Tax fund these benefits. This inconvenient truth contradicts Bernie’s claim that all his promised goodies can be paid for by punitively taxing “billionaires,” whose combined total wealth couldn’t pay for one year of the federal budget, let alone the trillions of dollars in unfunded social welfare liabilities.

But the flip side of this love of socialism is a strange hatred of capitalism, another consequence of the degeneration of our schools, which teach very little about the history and true nature of capitalism. So all that students know are what popular culture, movie actors, and progressives teach them with caricatures of capitalism as silly as Scrooge McDuck diving into piles of currency or pin-striped Mr. Moneybags lounging at Park Place.

Meanwhile these millennial scourges of corporations and the rich can’t figure out that their comfortable, nutritious, gadget-filled lives are subsidized by the surplus wealth created by the capitalist economy. Similarly the like-minded professors and public employee unions cheering along with them have no clue that their Cadillac pensions are funded by investments in those same corporations that they love to hear Bernie and Hillary demonize.

...

But in the end, those are flaws of human nature and human character, not of capitalism. Those attacking capitalism because it gives scope to greed and inequality should remember that throughout history––the same history no longer taught in our failed schools and universities–– revolutions aiming to create virtue and equality through autocratic power over people and economies have left behind gulags and corpses, misery and scarcity. So to paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is the worst form of economic system––except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Two Cheers for Capitalism

Your opening line is a misnomer right from the get go. This is what is wrong with stupid conservatives; they think the left wants communism.
 

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There are no proposals to abolish the free market.
 

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The left and that utopian dream that everyone will be the same will never ever happen...
Two Cheers for Capitalism
The misguided leftist hatred of the free market.
February 24, 2016
Bruce Thornton

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If you want a monument to the failure of American schools, just look around a Bernie Sanders rally. It will be full of millennials, the 83 million people born between the early 1980s and 2000s. Most of them have been educated in schools that abandoned basic skills and knowledge, and put in their place curricula designed to “improve” human nature in order to conform to progressive utopian ideals. So instead of informed citizens, we have today’s “tolerant,” “sensitive,” and “diverse” narcissists whose heads are uniformly filled with intolerant leftwing dogma and unexamined political orthodoxy.

Exhibit one is the enthusiasm for socialism on the part of many millennials. This affection for a failed ideology in turn explains their attraction to an antique hippie and self-proclaimed socialist whose only jobs his whole life have been on the public payroll in a state with fewer people than Fresno County. So no surprise that in New Hampshire 83% of the under-30 vote went for Sanders, in Iowa 84%, and in Nevada 82%. That electoral approval, of course, is predicated on massive ignorance of socialism’s historical reality. In a 2010 New York Times/CBS poll, only 16% of millennials knew that socialism means some degree of government ownership of the economy. But it’s not just millennials: 43% of Democrats––and 56% of Democratic primary voters–– also view socialism favorably. That’s why Hillary Clinton is furiously tacking left in the primaries.

Nor do millennials know that Bernie’s advice to “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” ignores the fact that those countries have long been reforming their welfare states and liberalizing their economies, backing away from the failed dirigiste policies that excite the Berniacs. Denmark does have a generous welfare state, but high taxes on the middle class and a regressive Value Added Tax fund these benefits. This inconvenient truth contradicts Bernie’s claim that all his promised goodies can be paid for by punitively taxing “billionaires,” whose combined total wealth couldn’t pay for one year of the federal budget, let alone the trillions of dollars in unfunded social welfare liabilities.

But the flip side of this love of socialism is a strange hatred of capitalism, another consequence of the degeneration of our schools, which teach very little about the history and true nature of capitalism. So all that students know are what popular culture, movie actors, and progressives teach them with caricatures of capitalism as silly as Scrooge McDuck diving into piles of currency or pin-striped Mr. Moneybags lounging at Park Place.

Meanwhile these millennial scourges of corporations and the rich can’t figure out that their comfortable, nutritious, gadget-filled lives are subsidized by the surplus wealth created by the capitalist economy. Similarly the like-minded professors and public employee unions cheering along with them have no clue that their Cadillac pensions are funded by investments in those same corporations that they love to hear Bernie and Hillary demonize.

...

But in the end, those are flaws of human nature and human character, not of capitalism. Those attacking capitalism because it gives scope to greed and inequality should remember that throughout history––the same history no longer taught in our failed schools and universities–– revolutions aiming to create virtue and equality through autocratic power over people and economies have left behind gulags and corpses, misery and scarcity. So to paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is the worst form of economic system––except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Two Cheers for Capitalism

Your opening line is a misnomer right from the get go. This is what is wrong with stupid conservatives; they think the left wants communism.
I don't think so
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March 30, 2016
Yes, Mr. President: Capitalism Is Better
By E. Jeffrey Ludwig


During his recent trip to Argentina, President Barack Obama told a group of young people, "I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don't have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist [or communist] theory or capitalist theory – you should just decide what works[.]" He followed up this inanity by saying health care, life expectancy, and education are very good in (Communist) Cuba. He noted, "But you drive around Havana and you say this economy is not working. It looks like it did in the 1950s." (He did not use words like "impoverished" and "squalid" to describe what he saw.)

So let's say one tells people that instead of distinguishing between being a good, law-abiding citizen and being a criminal – say, a bank robber – we just look at the practical side, the "results," of the two modes of living. Males in jail for ten or more years for bank robbery can bench-press much heavier barbells than males of the same age who have not been incarcerated for a similar period of time. Similarly, males incarcerated for bank robbery have a much lower incidence of alcoholism than do males of the same age who live outside the penitentiary. On the other hand, income levels of males outside the walls of the prison are on average much higher than those on the inside. Keeping these distinctions in mind, there are practical pros and cons to justify both conditions of life, and the emphasis on good citizenship as a desideratum as opposed to criminal behavior is just so much fluff.

One can see how Obama's "pragmatism" is both laughable and pathetic.

Listen to the dichotomous thinking that our dear president wants to discourage. There is no significant difference between the sanctity of property ownership and a society where there is no ownership (thus no need for contracts). There is no significant difference between a society where the government is the only employer and a society where competing companies hire people. There is no significant difference between a society where there are infinite regulations that discourage entrepreneurship and a society where entrepreneurship is encouraged. There is no significant difference between a country that has a vast network of private banking with access to funds competing for venture capital and a country where all the banks are owned and controlled by the government.

There is nothing to distinguish as superior countries where invention is incentivized by copyright laws that give proprietary rights to those who develop new medicines and other inventions for the common benefit. There is nothing to distinguish as superior a country where many workers can quit their jobs and look for a better paying job or start their own business without "permission" from the government. There is no relevant difference where real estate is advertised, and people can move about from place to place, choosing their own residences within the practical parameters of their taste in environment and price limitations. There is no relevant difference in being in a country where you can choose your own doctor (this freedom is being eroded under Obamacare) and get second opinions from practitioners of your choosing. In short, there is no significant or relevant difference between economic freedom and economic bondage.

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Read more: Articles: Yes, Mr. President: Capitalism Is Better
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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
 

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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
Hmmm, seems you guys find something to bitch about everyday yourself......You fellers ain't professional bitches, you know, like drill Sargents?
 
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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
Hmmm, seems you guys find something to bitch about everyday yourself......You fellers ain't professional bitches, you know, like drill Sargents?
Tell me something new ya moron, everybody knows the left are professional bitches...
 

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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
Hmmm, seems you guys find something to bitch about everyday yourself......You fellers ain't professional bitches, you know, like drill Sargents?
Tell me something new ya moron, everybody knows the left are professional bitches...

The left are cry baby children who never developed into adults, treat them as such.
 

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I am wondering where this free market is, cause I have both been in the free market as a consumer and business owner/operator and it was never free...
 

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"The misguided leftist hatred of the free market"

The ridiculous straw man fallacy that is this thread’s premise.
 

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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
Hmmm, seems you guys find something to bitch about everyday yourself......You fellers ain't professional bitches, you know, like drill Sargents?
Tell me something new ya moron, everybody knows the left are professional bitches...

The left are cry baby children who never developed into adults, treat them as such.
And most on the right are ignorant partisan hacks with a propensity to lie – this post and this thread’s premise are proof of that.
 

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If the left got everything they wanted they'd still find something to bitch about and hate.
Hmmm, seems you guys find something to bitch about everyday yourself......You fellers ain't professional bitches, you know, like drill Sargents?
Tell me something new ya moron, everybody knows the left are professional bitches...

The left are cry baby children who never developed into adults, treat them as such.
And most on the right are ignorant partisan hacks with a propensity to lie – this post and this thread’s premise are proof of that.
Narcissistic personality disorders......will do that to a person ...
 

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The left and that utopian dream that everyone will be the same will never ever happen...
Two Cheers for Capitalism
The misguided leftist hatred of the free market.
February 24, 2016
Bruce Thornton

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If you want a monument to the failure of American schools, just look around a Bernie Sanders rally. It will be full of millennials, the 83 million people born between the early 1980s and 2000s. Most of them have been educated in schools that abandoned basic skills and knowledge, and put in their place curricula designed to “improve” human nature in order to conform to progressive utopian ideals. So instead of informed citizens, we have today’s “tolerant,” “sensitive,” and “diverse” narcissists whose heads are uniformly filled with intolerant leftwing dogma and unexamined political orthodoxy.

Exhibit one is the enthusiasm for socialism on the part of many millennials. This affection for a failed ideology in turn explains their attraction to an antique hippie and self-proclaimed socialist whose only jobs his whole life have been on the public payroll in a state with fewer people than Fresno County. So no surprise that in New Hampshire 83% of the under-30 vote went for Sanders, in Iowa 84%, and in Nevada 82%. That electoral approval, of course, is predicated on massive ignorance of socialism’s historical reality. In a 2010 New York Times/CBS poll, only 16% of millennials knew that socialism means some degree of government ownership of the economy. But it’s not just millennials: 43% of Democrats––and 56% of Democratic primary voters–– also view socialism favorably. That’s why Hillary Clinton is furiously tacking left in the primaries.

Nor do millennials know that Bernie’s advice to “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people,” ignores the fact that those countries have long been reforming their welfare states and liberalizing their economies, backing away from the failed dirigiste policies that excite the Berniacs. Denmark does have a generous welfare state, but high taxes on the middle class and a regressive Value Added Tax fund these benefits. This inconvenient truth contradicts Bernie’s claim that all his promised goodies can be paid for by punitively taxing “billionaires,” whose combined total wealth couldn’t pay for one year of the federal budget, let alone the trillions of dollars in unfunded social welfare liabilities.

But the flip side of this love of socialism is a strange hatred of capitalism, another consequence of the degeneration of our schools, which teach very little about the history and true nature of capitalism. So all that students know are what popular culture, movie actors, and progressives teach them with caricatures of capitalism as silly as Scrooge McDuck diving into piles of currency or pin-striped Mr. Moneybags lounging at Park Place.

Meanwhile these millennial scourges of corporations and the rich can’t figure out that their comfortable, nutritious, gadget-filled lives are subsidized by the surplus wealth created by the capitalist economy. Similarly the like-minded professors and public employee unions cheering along with them have no clue that their Cadillac pensions are funded by investments in those same corporations that they love to hear Bernie and Hillary demonize.

...

But in the end, those are flaws of human nature and human character, not of capitalism. Those attacking capitalism because it gives scope to greed and inequality should remember that throughout history––the same history no longer taught in our failed schools and universities–– revolutions aiming to create virtue and equality through autocratic power over people and economies have left behind gulags and corpses, misery and scarcity. So to paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is the worst form of economic system––except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Two Cheers for Capitalism

Your opening line is a misnomer right from the get go. This is what is wrong with stupid conservatives; they think the left wants communism.

We don't think it. We know it.
 

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