Socialism Fails Every Time, We Don’t Need to Try It Again

If you have paid any attention to presidential politics in the last week, you probably heard about the discussion between Sen. Barack Obama and a plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher from Toledo, Ohio.

Joe the plumber’s question was pretty straight forward, “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Obama gave a long, drawn out answer about the supposed virtues of taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots. Then the Democrat nominee finished with this statement, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” from ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper

This exchange shows Obama’s love for socialism and his contempt for hard-working Americans. Apparently, despite the fact that socialism has failed every time it has been tried, Obama and the rest of the American left wants to try it again. Like Mitt Romney said at his Republican convention speech “We need change all right: change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington. We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington: Throw out the big-government liberals and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

What’s amazing is that the failures of big-government socialism have been known for at least 100 years. In the early part of the 20th century, Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian Economist, wrote this about socialism:

“The second main objection raised against socialism is that it is a less efficient mode of production than is capitalism and that it will impair the productivity of labour. Consequently, in a socialist commonwealth the standard of living of the masses will be low when compared with conditions prevailing under capitalism…The only certain fact about Russian affairs under the Soviet regime with regard to which all people agree is: that the standard of living of the Russian masses is much lower than that of the masses in the country which is universally considered as the paragon of capitalism, the United States of America. If we were to regard the Soviet regime as an experiment, we would have to say that the experiment has clearly demonstrated the superiority of capitalism and the inferiority of socialism.” Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, by Ludwig von Mises 1

And I found this quote I love about the dangers of socialism on my friend Greg McMurdie’s blog:

“We are chasing an illusion of equality . . . instead of freedom under States Rights and local self-government. Many have been deluded into a fuzzy morality which holds that equality and equal rights are the same thing. Forced equality contradicts the dream to excel; smothers individuality; restricts rights; removes freedoms; legislates mediocrity; waters down courage, thrift, self-reliance and initiative; and nurtures tyranny. An all-powerful federal government is a mass denial of freedom.” Tom Anderson, Church News. 2 September 1961.

I hope American will learn the lessons from the past failures of socialism and reject Barack Obama before he and his extreme liberal policies further destroy America.

1. From Wikipedia: Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian Economist, philosopher, and a major influence on the modern libertarian and conservative movements. Because of his Jewish origin and his political opinions, he left Austria in 1934 and emigrated to Switzerland and eventually settled in the USA where he was a professor at New York University from 1945 until he retired in 1969.

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