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November 5, 2013

Socialism simply does not work

Sometimes I wonder just how much longer we’re going to remain asleep to what’s really going on in Washington. In my humble opinion, President Obama has a very subtle agenda to try to turn this country into a European-style Socialist nation.

I just finished reading a very good book entitled “In The Ruins of The Reich” by Douglas Botting, originally published in 1985. The edition I read was re-released in 2005. In a nutshell, the book describes what went on in Germany at the end of World War II.

Toward the end of the book there’s a quote from a speech given in 1946 by a newly elected deputy of the Hesse parliament in the American zone of occupation that’s worth reading today. “Today’s misery comes from shutting out democracy. The spirit of militarism and of National Socialism must die if Germany is to live. The Germans must feed themselves and pay for their own goods or every word about democracy is meaningless and a nation goes under.”

Shutting out democracy and stifling capitalism were also major contributing factors to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989. For those who remember, the hallmark of Soviet-style Communism was control of all the factors of production from the top down. They ignored the essential economic engines of supply and demand. The failure of a totally socialized form of government, most economists predicted, was bound to happen because it took away from people the incentive to be productive – it eliminated the ability to turn a profit based on peoples’ own willingness to work hard to get ahead. The reason for that failure was state controlled redistribution of wealth. The net effect? The Soviet Union lasted less than 75 years before collapsing under the weight of state regulation of the economy.

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