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Why modern socialists fail to grasp capitalism

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Socialists of the past had a major excuse for believing as they did. Most of them had never seen the benefits of true capitalism unleashed on their nations. They saw the elite, compared them to the common man, and were sold a promising ideology because they had nothing amazing from which to draw comparisons.

Modern American socialists do not have that excuse. The evidence of capitalism’s virtues aren’t just apparent to every American willing to look past their own shortcomings. In most cases, the benefits of capitalism enable their disregard for the truth and empower them to embrace the failed socialist ideology without risk of it actually harming them. They have the luxury of adopting a philosophy that’s made possible by the freedoms they readily scorn.

How can this be? Are millions of Americans (yes, there are likely millions of people who openly or secretly wish for socialism) so ignorant they can’t comprehend the truth around them? Have they been fitted with ideological blinders that keep them oblivious to anything pertaining to capitalism that isn’t deeply negative?

After watching videos of everyone from young students with no real cares in the world to some of our elected officials who are vying for Bernie Sanders’ mantle, I’ve come to the conclusion that socialism is appealing to those who don’t actually grasp what capitalism does for the nation. A perfect case-in-point was posted by YAF as Ben Shapiro took on a seemingly intelligent young socialist in a debate over pencils.

To any average socialist, the arguments this young man was making probably made sense. In essence, he was suggesting the workers at a pencil factory were entitled to a large portion of the profits because without them, the pencils couldn’t get made. We didn’t get to see the aftermath following Shapiro’s unquestionable shellacking of the guy, but if it were possible for this radical progressive to see the errors in his ideology, it would have been shortly after the mini-debate.

It’s a little unfair to use Shapiro as the example because he is a very skilled debater, but the facts alone were enough to unravel every point the young socialist was trying to make. Even a less-skilled debater could have handled this situation just fine with only facts in hand.

Unfortunately, my prediction is that he not only left the debate without changing his mind, but he likely felt he had the upper hand, that he made the most valid points. That’s the nature of this strong delusion sweeping across America. Socialism is making seemingly intelligent people abandon logic, clarity, and the humility necessary to admit they were wrong.

I’ve contemplated possible strategies conservatives can use to reverse this trend. It’s not like abortion or gun owner rights in which people are driven by emotional responses to various individual stories they’ve heard or experienced in their lives. In both cases, changing hearts and minds is relatively easy with thoughtful discourse. There are examples throughout YouTube of people who changed their minds on the spot based on new information they were presented. Heck, our President was once in favor of partial-birth abortion and very restrictive gun laws. On these and other issues, opinions can be shifted.

Socialism is different. Those who hold to the tenets of socialism have molded it as their worldview, or more accurately state, have been molded into that worldview. We can help someone change their mind about abortion by showing them a video of a 20-week-old fetus, but we can’t change a socialist’s perspective by showing starvation in Venezuela.

Their minds are made up, and that’s dangerous.

Does it mean we need to give up on them? Absolutely not. Socialism is virtuous on the surface level. Once people are shown this beautiful surface level in which equality of condition trumps equality of opportunity, the ugly truths below the surface are less likely to sway them back to the truth. It’s infectious which is why it’s spreading. More people are not only accepting that socialism is the best ideology, but that it’s possible in America in the near future.

If we can’t sway them with the facts about how socialism has and always will fail, and if we can’t reason with them about the dangers of a socialist mindset, we’re left with only one logical recourse. To stop socialism from rising, we must isolate it in a place where it’s allowed to fail. Sadly, this is already happening. California is on a path to becoming a socialist state.

Within a decade, I believe California will have single-payer healthcare, income taxes over 20%, petty taxes on everything imaginable, and housing prices that far exceed the current median of $539,400 (over double the national average). The state will start losing residents faster than it already is, which is why stage two of their socialist plan will focus on two things to encourage residency. First, they’ll institute a universal basic income. Then, citizenship will become arbitrary and based on different tiers; a foreign national living in California will essentially be a California citizen even without being an American citizen.

Before anyone claims this cannot happen, let’s not forget the sway California will have on a future Democratically controlled Washington DC. They won’t try to stop them. They’ll encourage them. The radicalization of the state will be the example Democratic Socialists hope will succeed so it can spread throughout the nation.

As a California resident, this terrifies me. I will fight it with everything in me, but I’m not naive enough to believe it can be stopped. Republicans lost half of their Congressional delegation in the midterms. It’s conceivable that the state could be completely run by far-left Democrats after the next election. If that happens, the socialist utopia will start to take shape.

This may be devastating to those of us who love the state, but it’s the path we’re on and the momentum to keep it heading down that path is practically unstoppable. The only thing that will stop it is catastrophic failure, which is all but guaranteed.

The states are the laboratory of the nation. This socialist experiment can’t be stopped, so it must be allowed to fail. Only then can these young, idealistic socialists rising in our nation be shown that capitalism must be embraced no matter how repulsed they are by it.

California’s course is set. Socialism will fail the state and all the people living there. We can’t change that now, but the rest of the country can learn from California’s failures. Until that happens, socialism will continue to be loved by those who won’t see its dangers.

 


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  1. Wingnut

    January 30, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Hi

    We ALL see the pyramid scheme symbol on the back of the USA one dollar bill. We ALL see the servitude infestation in capitalism. We ALL see the “pay up or lose your wellbeing” Chicago mob-like felony extortion widespread within capitalism. We ALL see the “join or starve” felony extortion done to the 18 year olds… by this ugly competer’s church called capitalism. We ALL see how forcing competer’s religions onto 18 year olds, and/or LURING them into it with bling-dangling and promises of empowerments… kills membership in the cooperator’s church (Christianity/socialism). We ALL understand that AmWay (American Way) (New World Order) got “the exclusive” (legal tender) on the TYPE of survival coupons (money) accepted in supply depots (stores) and leverages 18 year olds into the organization via that felony activity. (It puts AmWay-coupon slaving requirements called price tags… on all the survival goods). We ALL understand how sure-to-collapse farmyard pyramids work… from our childhoods. Upper 1/3 are “heads in the clouds” while the kids on the bottom ALWAYS GET HURT from the weight of the world’s knees in their backs. And, we ALL see how such systems are illegal, immoral, and just plain sick.

    We American Christian socialists are patiently awaiting the natural fall of the pyramid-o-servitude, or the busting of the free marketeers felony… by the USA Dept of Justice. We Christians are VERY CLOSE to issuing a cease and desist order until the servitude and inequality goes away… which means it turns into a commune. Commune is a word we LOVE when used in the word “community”… but its one the caps HATE when used in the word “commune-ism”. Go fig. PROGRAMMED!!

    Do a Google IMAGE SEARCH for ‘pyramid of capitalist’ to see a full color picture made way back in 1911, when capitalism was first discovered to be a con/sham instigated by the Free Masons/Illuminati. Folks sure bought into the thing… hook, line, and sinker just the same. The caps didn’t even check if a string was attached! Now THAT’S easy fishing, eh?

    Time to level the felony pyramid scheme called capitalism. Abolish economies and ownershipism worldwide, and hurry. Economies just cause rat-racing, and rat-racing causes felony pyramiding. BUST IT, America! Look to the USA military supply/survival system… (and the USA public library system) for socialism and morals done right. Equal, owner-less, money-less, bill-less, timecard-less, and concerned with growth of value-criteria OTHER THAN money-value. Quit doing monetary discrimination immediately, and make it illegal. There are MANY measurement criteria of “value”… not just dollars. Try morals, efficiency, discrimination-levels, repairability, etc etc. Economies are cancerous tumors, and to cheer for their growth… is just insane. Profiting causes inflation, so if caps LIKE inflation, and if they LIKE a terrible time in afterlife when they meet the planet’s ORIGINAL OWNER before caps tried to squat it all with ownershipism, then keep it up with the felony pyramiding. I dare you. While us Christians are finally bulldozing that pyramid scheme back to level, lets make servitude and “join or starve” (get a job or die) illegal in the USA, and lets level the architecture seen in USA courtrooms, too. Right now, USA courtrooms are church simulators or “fear chambers”, by special design. Sick.

    Isn’t that back-of-the-dollar pyramid… a Columbian freemason symbol? And WHERE is the USA gov located? District of Columbia? (Not even part of the USA!) How much more blatant can ya get? The “Fed” runs a pyramid scheme called the free marketeers. If you’re using the “federal reserve note” certificates, or using no-other-living-thing-on-the-planet entitles of ownership, you’re bought into a servitude/slavery con/sham… called capitalism. Pyramiding 101 and capitalism-invented cost-of-living 101. Sign-up today!

    Larry “Wingnut” Wendlandt
    MaStars – Mothers Against Stuff That Ain’t Right
    (anti-capitalism-ists)
    Bessemer MI USA

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in October, 1989, well into George H.W. Bush’s term in the White House. Had then-Senator Joe Biden had his way, he would have been sitting in the Oval Office around the time the young Congresswoman was born.

Biden’s first run for president wasn’t much of a run. He had plagiarized components of speeches made by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party. What made it worse is that he even mimicked personal details of Kinnock’s speeches that talked about family, something that drew ridicule and condemnation as it seemed likely he fabricated aspects of his life to match that of Kinnock.

But that’s not going to be the issue for Biden in 2020. His real problem is his label as a moderate without any leftist-favored intersections of race, gender, or sexual preference. This isn’t the time in history for a Democrat to win the nomination by relying on the Establishment wing of the party. Many Democrats still blame the DNC for supporting Hillary Clinton as the reason Donald Trump is President today. Had they backed the favorite Democratic-Socialist of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), his supporters believe he would have been able to defeat Trump. We’ll never know, but that won’t change the challenge Biden has with his reputation of being in the murky middle.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Biden may be the best chance the Democrats have of defeating Trump, but he doesn’t really stand a chance in the primaries. This may be true despite his frontrunner status. Since most of the candidates are pushing further and further to the left with their radical policy proposals, whichever one emerges as the last hyper-leftist radical progressive standing will draw in the support from the others with very limited upside for Biden once the radicals start falling off.

No matter which way you cut it, Biden is going to have to lurch to the left to try to suspend disbelief among the primary voters who want to see more Justice Democrats and fewer Establishment Democrats in office. Biden may have too much history as a moderate to suddenly paint himself as a progressive, but that won’t stop him from trying.

Will age and a long history of White House ambitions harm Joe’s chances? Absolutely. The New (Justice) Democratic Party of AOC doesn’t want an old white guy representing them. They will do whatever they can to make him leave the race.

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The worst kept secret in DC has finally been made official. Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President. The Establishment wing of the party is mostly rejoicing.

Unlike many who have already announced their candidacy by going on talk shows for the audience energy, Biden’s announcement came in the form of a video, reminiscent of how Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy in 2015. In the video, Biden claims to have been driven to run against President Trump following the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally and protests in which counter-protester Heather Danielle Heyer was killed by a white supremacist. It wasn’t the event itself but the President’s infamous reaction to the incident that Biden claims was his inspiration to run.

He joins a crowded field as one of the two frontrunners. Former candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is ahead in some polls, behind in others, but the two are far ahead of the rest of the field.

Some doubts sprung up about whether or not he would run following a report by former Democratic lawmaker Lucy Flores that Biden inappropriately touched her and kissed her on the back of her head without permission. She was appalled because, among other things, she hadn’t had time to wash her hair that morning.

Now that it’s official, Biden is sure to continue making waves. Whether or not he has enough support from the moderate wing to overtake the other candidates, nearly all of whom are radical progressives, remains to be seen.

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Why full-blown #NeverTrumpers on the right are wrong to embrace Democrats

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In 2016, I supported Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the GOP nomination. I supported him all the way through to the Republican National Convention and was among those holding out for the tiniest possibility that he could somehow be gifted the nomination by a magical “conscience” vote. When it didn’t happen, I skulked off knowing candidate Trump would bring about challenges for the nation if he won. But…

… and this is a big but…

… there was absolutely no scenario that would have made me wish for, cheer on, or vote for Hillary Clinton.

She was bad. This new batch of Democrats running for the White House are even worse.

I am no longer a Republican. I had high hopes for a third party I co-founded, but it went in a different direction from where I initially wanted to take it, so now I’m officially an Independent. But one thing hasn’t changed. There is still absolutely no scenario in which I could support socialism-loving, pro-abortion, anti-gun, big government preaching Democrats. Even the “moderates” in the race are lurching to the left. If Joe Biden ends up winning the nomination as the only semi-rational Democrat (almost) in the race, I still couldn’t support him.

Today, there are still plenty of things President Trump does that discourage me. His bump-stock ban opened Panora’s Box for future gun confiscations and his administration’s push for Red Flag Gun Laws is only Constitutional if you eliminate the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments. I am often struck with hope that deals are in the works to finally end his destructive tariffs, but there’s always a roadblock. As North Korean dictator Kim Jong un visits Russia’s Vladimir Putin, I’m reminded of the debacle we witness as the “negotiations” to end their nuclear program were completely botched.

But here’s the thing. He’s our President. From the beginning of his administration, I’ve consistently said I’d praise him when he does right and I’d criticize him when he does wrong. This type of intellectual honesty is not present in either the #AlwaysTrump camp nor the #NeverTrump camp. Just yesterday, I Tweeted agreement with three out of four points Charlie Kirk made about the President’s successes. By mentioning there wasn’t really a North Korean deal in sight and it should’t be considered a victory, I was summarily attacked for being a “pearl clutching” Democrat or something like that.

The same happens when I praise the President, only much worse. I won’t even mention the things that are sent to me on social media, through direct messages, and via email. Many of the folks who followed me when I supported Cruz are terribly offended by my support for the border wall, for example. They tend to forget that Cruz supports the wall as well as the fact that we desperately need it. To many #NeverTrumpers, any praise for actions the President does, even if they’re conservative, is a betrayal to the credo of “orange man bad.”

I wish the President would let someone read his Tweets just to prevent him from embarrassing himself. I wish he’d alert his staff of policy changes instead of making them react to Tweets. I wish he’d stop talking about how great he is all the time. I wish he could be a statesman instead of a strongman. But as our President, he has my support. As someone who has reversed many of the evils from the previous administrations, he has my praise. As a President who is willing to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation and our ally, he has my pleasantly surprised smile.

One does not have to gush over the President to be a supporter. One does not have to hate everything he does to be critical. It’s preferable to look at each individual action and determine if it’s good for America or not. That level of intellectual honesty is sorely needed right now, but instead it is conspicuously absent. We are polarized. Either Trump is evil or Trump is godlike depending on which tribe you’ve sworn your allegiance to. Personally, my allegiance is to my God, my family, and my country, and I am fully capable of molding my support or not for individual policies, choices, or words based upon these three criteria.

Sometimes I’m asked how I can be a Christian and support a man who is clearly not. I look to Daniel, Joseph, and others for guidance in situations like that, but I also remember Romans 13:1:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

I do not have to support the President’s adulterous affections or misogynist statements in order to support many of his policies. But perhaps most importantly I cannot justify supporting the existential threat of socialism just because I object to our leader’s personal sins. I wouldn’t leave my wife alone with him, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to his desire to end visa overstays.

Then, there’s the issue of abortion. Can a Christian say, “Trump is too sinful to support” and then support a pro-abortion Democrat as a result?

Lastly, there’s the challenge of pushing the conservative philosophy, an act that superseding my personal feelings about President Trump. He is malleable. We’ve seen this time and time again, especially when he’s been on the verge of shifting to the left on important issues. Those who incessantly oppose him cannot help sway him towards the right side of an issue. If they’re attacking him when he’s being conservative, their attacks on him when he’s being progressive are meaningless.

It’s time for #NeverTrumpers to ask themselves if we’re really better off with someone they like better even if that person is a pro-abortion, anti-gun, socialism-loving Democrat. The right answer is obviously “no.”

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