Posts Tagged With: Socialism

Is Europe Giving The Answer to the Question: Is Freedom From Want Always Greater Than The Ability to Satisfy That Want?


The People say “NO”

“Spain is at the centre of the euro zone debt crisis on concerns the government can’t control its finances and those of highly-indebted regions, bitten by a second recession since 2009 which has put one in four workers out of a job and pushed up borrowing costs.

Protests against the cuts are gaining pace. More than 1,000 police barricaded Parliament in Madrid on Tuesday against protesters who planned to form a human chain around the building later in the evening.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in different points of the capital before marching to Parliament, saying they were angry that the state has poured public funds into crumbled banks while it is cutting social benefits.

“We’re protesting against the cuts. I’ve had to give up my apartment,” said Ondina, a 30-year-old fine arts graduate who is without a job. She said she can’t survive on an unemployment benefit of 260 euros ($340) a month.”
Spain’s Austerity Problems
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Are the problems in Europe revealing that freedom from want is always greater than the ability to satisfy that want?

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Americans, Have We Become Failures When We Were Once Successful?


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Obamacare: AARP Was in Bed With Obama


Kimberly Strassel over at the Wall Street Journal has an interesting story that I think all senior citizens should pay attention to. Here is just a portion of what she has to say.

“Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-10 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP’s awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the “nonpartisan membership organization” chose to serve the president’s agenda.

The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House, scripting the president’s talking points, working to keep its board “in line,” and pledging fealty to “the cause.” Seniors deserve to know all this, as AARP seeks to present itself as neutral in this presidential election.”
You can read the rest of it here

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Obama: “Read My Lips, No New Taxes on the Middle Class”


When passed, the CBO estimated that Obamacare would raise taxes on 4 million individuals. Now it is estimated that 6 million individuals will have their taxes raised and the bulk of them will be the middle class who Obama made a solemn promise not to raise taxes. Given Congress’s notorious history of underestimating the costs of any program it enacts I can only imagine what the actual number will be in 2016 when the penalty will be enforced. Is anyone reading Obama’s lips?

“The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.

The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.

And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who’ll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.

Average penalty: about $1,200 in 2016.”

Watch the lips of Obama’s promises on the video below and Then read the rest of what the CBO says here

Still like the promises of socialistic programs? Funny thing, Socialism, it paints a pretty picture of what society will be like under its system but it never seems to be able to keep its promises when people are convinced to accept them.

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Socialism, A Scientific Economic Theory (Part IV)


Foolish Thoughts?

Now, with everything I have said about socialism and about liberalism I will only add that our nation is in a fiscal crisis at this time. And when I speak of this I speak of more than our national government. I speak of our State and local governments as well. The debt that these governments have accumulated stagger the mind and politicians are now beginning to understand that they need to get it under control.

Sitting back and watching them struggle with this problem is interesting. We see all kinds of solutions put forth. We see those governments controlled by the left address it from a revenue point of view and those governments that are controlled by the right trying to deal with it from the expenses point of view. Then there are those who are attempting to use both. Which faction will succeed is anybody’s guess.

You can see this same situation on the international scene also. Whole nations, like Greece, seeking a bailout from other nations. And the bailout nations like Germany demanding that Greece address the problem by cutting expenses. Many other nations are facing this same dilemma. France is talking about placing a 75% income tax on some of their citizens.

I will go even farther by asking if it is possible to succeed anymore? Has anyone ever sat down and figured out just how long it would take to pay down the 16 trillion dollar debt of the U.S. national government? Regardless of how you approach this problem all of the people are going to feel the effects in a very real and a very harsh way. Even if you passed a law holding expenses at its present level and raised revenues each year by 10% it still would take generations to pay off the debt. In fact, it would take generations just to get that debt down to a manageable amount in my opinion.

And the thing is we are not even talking of nations that can be said as totally socialistic. We are speaking of nations that believed that socialistic solutions could be used to solve the perceived problems of a Capitalistic society. We are speaking of nations that attempted to augment an recognized imperfect system with programs of another historically recognized failed system with the idea that doing so would result in a more perfect system.

Any unbiased scientist would have to come to the conclusion that this experiment of a mixed society has resulted in a failed experiment. A good scientist would have to come to a conclusion that we live in an universe governed by natural laws. A good scientist would have to come to the conclusion that man cannot bend or break those laws to fit his own philosophy of how life should be.

People need to realize that to be successful in fiscal matters one needs to have control over revenues or over expenses. One or the other is always determined for you regardless if you are a government, business or just a person or family. The nature of economics declares that revenues are always determined for you. That only leaves expenses that are controllable. The problem is that in a socialistic form of an economy expenses are also determined.

Debt is the determinant factor of whether or not you have expenses under control. Lack of control over expenses will always lead to bankruptcy. In a socialistic society bankruptcy will ever be the end result. That is the economic reality of any society.

The idea of a society succeeding in any form of the liberal or socialist mindset is an economic impossibility. The laws of the nature of life will never allow it. And those laws were determined for us. We can only choose whether or not to live in accordance to them. Failure is guaranteed either way. The only difference is the scale of the failures. Only the opportunity to succeed exists. Whether or not a person accepts the opportunities that come his way is up to him.

We haven’t gotten to the point of no return yet but we are close. We as a nation are going to have to make some hard decisions sooner or later and those decisions are going to hurt. It is just a matter of whether we are strong enough to make those decisions and spare future generations of the pain or whether we are to be seen as cowards and leave those hard decisions up to future generations. Either we make those decisions voluntarily or the laws of life and economics will force us to make them. See me for the fool that I am but of this I have no doubts.

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Socialism, A Scientific Economic Theory (Part III)


Foolish Thoughts?

I may have hurt the feelings of some of my visitors by associating modern liberalism with socialism. This cannot be helped because it is a fact of politics. In the following video you will hear individuals advocate the most basic concept of socialism. And in their advocation affirm everything I described about socialism in part II of this series. Most important is the fact that they reveal their ignorance about the most basic fact of an economic system.
1. You cannot eliminate profits or put a cap on profits without bankrupting that business in time.
2. The paychecks of every person working in that business is derived out of the profits of that business not just the owner’s paycheck.
3. No business can grow if you place a cap on the profitability of that business.
4. All taxes are a dirivative of the profits of a business.


A h/t to Bruce over at the “Gay Patriot” for the video lead.

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Socialism, A Scientific Economic Theory (Part II)


Foolish Thoughts?

As argued in the first part of this essay, socialists and liberals continue to have faith in the theory of socialism despite its history of failure so how can this faith be explained? One way to ascertain the explanation is to examine those societies that are either applying this theory or have tried to apply it for common attributes.

First of all Socialism is an economic system that is imposed upon a people by the enactment of laws. The socialist would argue that this was necessary in order to assure the equality of economic outcome. Fairness is the virtue that a socialist would use to declare its morality. Marx described fairness when he declared his famous quote, “From each in accordance to his ability, to each in accordance to his needs.”

1. This would imply the need of it being accepted by the people on a universal level. It is a concept that requires self-sacrifice for the needs of others in the name of fairness. Self-interest and greed would not be allowed and those who sought to satisfy their self-interest would have to be eliminated from that society for they would be seen as someone who would take unfair advantage of others. They would also identify themselves as being a greedy person.

2. This would also imply that justice be defined along these same lines. It assumes equality exists among all individuals. Therefore where inequality is seen then that proves a biased or prejudicial cause. And when this occurs an injustice has been committed and laws need to be enacted to address this injustice.

3. It is a theory of collectivism which declares that the collective is responsible for the success of the individuals of that collective. This would implicitly declare that individuals are not responsible for what they be or do. This, in turn, would implicitly declare that any individual who holds to a position of status should consider himself a privileged person because it was the collective that has the right to determine who holds that position. Thus, this makes the individual a servant of the collective by the terms of this theory.

4. It is, by the nature of the premises explicitly used, a positive sum economic theory. Its advocates would argue that any other form of economics is a zero sum type of economics theory. It is a theory that places value upon a person’s being rather than upon his abilities.

5. Since it is an altruistic theory then it must be declared that the collective can do no wrong. And any individual who holds to this theory must be looked upon as being a righteous person. For what collective could be declared as being wrong in seeking to satisfy of the needs of each and every individual within that collective? And how could you define any individual as being anything but righteous who adheres to and seeks to implement this theory?

6. It is a theory that views any collective as being a homogeneous collective. Thus, in a society of multiple collectives inequality will exist and one collective will be the dominant collective and the other/s will be the victims of that inequality.

7. Rights are an attribute of the collective not of the individual thus if an injustice is perceived as being done to one of the collective then it is assumed that same unjust act would be done to each and every other member of that collective. It is also assumed that every member of the offending collective is just as guilty of that injustice as the individual who actually did the injustice for all members of any collective are of one mindset.

So, in closing, I can only add one thing. Keep that quote of Marx in mind whenever you hear the word fairness in the political argument of a person. That word alone will declare implicitly that you are hearing the argument of socialism. It is the common thread of every form of a socialism and the economics that is used to support it.

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Socialism, A Scientific Economic Theory


Foolish Thoughts?

This is an election year, a year where many persons seek to be elected into a political office including the President of the nation. The economy and government’s role in it is on the front burner of everyone’s mind. It is an election that, in my mind, will determine whether the people seek a socialistic form of economic system or a system of free enterprise. It will be the ultimate test of the value of the democratic system of government.

The end results may not be seen in the immediate future but never the less time will be the judge of the outcome. And there are many who are uncertain of what is to be expected of them and that uncertainty is felt throughout society right now during this recessionary period. And they are looking to government for the solutions

Economics is a strange creature. It can be measured on the individual level as well as on the collective level. It can be established in many forms also as history has shown us. But regardless of what form of economics is the dominant form at any given time there is one principle that must be applied and that principle is the law of supply and demand.

From an economic viewpoint any society can be divided up into four types of collectives, government, private business, charities, and the family (individual). The success of each is dependent on how well they deal with the relationship between revenues and expenses. In a perfect system of economics expenses would never exceed revenues. But that would only occur if both revenues and expenses can be totally controlled. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect existence and the economy of any society cannot be controlled regardless of what anyone knows or believes.

Socialism is a form of economics where the focus is on the demands of the individual with the expectation of the collective to provide the supply to meet that demand. It is also the foundational basis of their perception of the meaning of rights. In their eyes the needs of the individual is synonymous with the right to possess the object of that need even if it is at the full expense of that collective.

For a socialistic form of economics to thrive theoretically one must believe that people are by their nature altruistic or that life is deterministic and that men can be trained to be altruistic by the application of laws. This would imply that an advocate of socialism believes that a free enterprise form of economics is the cause of greed and self-interest thus immoral and unjust.

It is the profits inherent in a free enterprise form of economics that best exemplifies the self-interest and greed of human beings. To the socialistic mindset it is the fact that within a free enterprise system that profits must come at the expense of some is seen as the crux of the immorality and the injustice of the system itself. It is a declaration that one individual must suffer so that another man may know the benefits of the system.

Socialism is an economic theory that attempts to use a scientific approach for the solutions of the problems of life. Its a viewpoint that sees the imperfections of life then tries to ascertain the cause of that imperfection for the purpose of eliminating that cause and replacing it with a man made solution. Since it is seen as being a scientific approach then in the eyes of a socialist it must be a valid solution.

If socialism is a scientifically valid solution to the problems of life then there can be no reason not to implement it in any society and this is the substance of the socialist’s argument. Even religions are strong proponents of this form of economic system. Yet when it’s fully implemented it proves out to be a failure. It is the acceptance of it being scientifically valid theory that leads a socialist and those on the left to continue to have faith in this theory.

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The Left Preaches Security, The Right Preaches Liberty


Security or Liberty?

The left thinks that government can provide collective security. Maybe it can but Grandpa always said that a person who is coersed into doing something can never feel secure. He said that the greatest feeling of security comes from liberty for it is only then that a man can feel secure in himself. For it is only when a man knows he can depend upon himself that he knows both liberty as well as security.

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Ok, Obama, Let’s Soak the Rich. In Fact, Let’s Take Every Penny They Have. What Will We End Up With?


Think about this. Europe is attempting to solve this problem now and you can see one of the consequences of it in my last post. My only question is how will the people react when the time comes that Congress gets serious enough to deal with the Debt crisis in this nation?

A h/t to The Libertarian Patriot

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