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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Charlatans for Socialism

Third party presidential candidate, Howard Schultz, is persona non gratia among Democrats, and he's the devil among Leftists. The reason is that he sees the Democrat's leftward lurch toward socialism clearly. Here's a recent tweet from Schultz:

History can be pesky, particularly for those who prefer the fantasy of utopian promises of free stuff coupled with a warped sense of "social justice." And far too many young people, propagandized in high school and college to believe that social justice is somehow equivalent to socialism, have flocked to the likes of Bernie Sanders and his many apostles.

The Babylon Bee blog comments:
After a recently elected democratic socialist politician suddenly began using authoritarian, elitist-sounding language mere weeks after getting her first whiff of power, every single person in the country who's never read a history book expressed their shock and surprise at the sudden transformation.

The woman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted "We're in charge" in the context of a proposed sweeping government takeover of the economy, saying her critics who haven't proposed an alternative were "shouting from the cheap seats." She also declared "I'm the boss, how about that?" in a recent video interview. The statements shocked certain groups of people across the country, namely, those who haven't been in the same room as a history book anytime in the past few decades.
As I've noted numerous times in this blog, you don't have to read history books to understand the inherent destructive power of socialism. All you have to do is look 1,367 miles south at Venezuela. Schultz' tweet is not only accurate but eerie. And yet charlatans like Bernie Sanders tell us that this time will be different. That this time, social justice will prevail. That this time, socialism won't wreck the economy, push more—not fewer—people into dependency and despair. That a powerful centralized government will be benevolent, not authoritarian and ultimately, tyrannical.

To repeat a wonderful aphorism. What the charlatans for socialism never want to admit is the clear, unequivocal historical truth that:
Under capitalism, the rich become powerful. Under socialism, the powerful become rich, and everyone else becomes poor.
Don't believe me ... believe the history books.


This tweet sequence by Richard Fernandez touches on yet another aspect of the socialist scam:

It's the moral preening and/or virtue signaling that may be the most galling aspect of socialist ideology, particularly when history tells us that once in power they operate on anything but a high moral plane, destroying both institutions and people in their never-ending quest for more power and control. History shows us that the promises of socialism are all lies, spoken with fervor, no doubt, but lies nonetheless. They do not stand up to any reasonable interpretation of "external truth."


Heartening news for those of us who know that socialism is a destructive force that will not bring the utopia that the charlatans tell us to expect. Yesterday's NBCNews/WSJ poll reports:
And regarding socialism, just 18 percent of all Americans say they view the term positively, versus 50 percent who see it in a negative light.

The numbers for capitalism are almost the exact opposite: 50 percent positive, 19 percent negative.
Maybe people are reading history books after all.