Saturday, September 1, 2018

Socialism's Internal Contradiction

Socialists justify the expropriation (theft) of property and financial resources "for the greater good."

They point to what they see as failings of the capitalistic, for-profit system as justification.

They typically point to poverty, a failed education system, crumbling infrastructure and a degraded environment.

Socialists are rarely confronted with the fact that our system of freedoms allows anybody, even committed socialists, to mentor young people in job skills through organizations like Big Brother, Scouting, coaching in sports and through less formal venues.

Our system allows individuals to tutor failing students in reading and math and a host of other academic subjects. It can be done through formal programs or by simply finding a struggling student in your neighborhood and reading to them.

Our system allows individuals to pay a paltry $3.60 for sixty pounds of concrete mix or five gallons of gravel and pitch it in the darned potholes ourselves.

Our system allows individuals to collect acorns or walnuts or milkweed seed pods or whatever and scatter them on vacant lots.  Sure, many of them will be eaten by squirrels, but they are wildlife and they gotta eat too.

When socialists point to the failures of the for-profit system, they are giving it a back-handed compliment.  They want to be paid to address these issues. Their concern is not the issue and the "victims" but the distribution of wealth.  Their concern is not that problems be solved but that homage be paid to "the smart people" leading the effort.

They want social responsibility, but only if it is profitable to them.

---Upon rereading, I suspect that some readers might be unsure of how "sports" fits in with learning job skills.

Employees don't get fired (or not hired) because of not knowing stuff but because they have issues with authority.  "Sports" is about coming to practice, following the coaches' instructions and working with others to excel.---

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