Ben Stein On Socialism — It Always Leads to Tyranny and It Always Will

Socialism leads to tyranny.

Ben Stein on Fox Business last Tuesday, February 19, 2019:

It depends on education, we have a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong all came to power promising the same kind of things that Miss Ocasio-Cortez is promising and it led to mass murder, it led to dictatorship, it led to genocide.

These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things. The promise of just saying to people, do what you can within the law to make your life better and your family’s life better, that system works extremely well.

Capitalism is a system that allows people to make something of themselves instead of oppressing other people. It’s an incredibly good system. Making money is one of the most harmless things there is to do in the whole world, and that is what our society is about. It’s not about ordering people around, putting them in concentration camps, What do you do if a person is a richer or poorer person? What do you do? Do you take him away? Do you shoot him?

Well, that’s what the communists tried, it didn’t work out very well for them. At the end of the day, we wound up with Russia as one of the most unequal societies there has ever been in the world. In Vietnam, they were promised all these things, and we wound up with one of the most corrupt countries in the world. In Venezuela, I don’t know how corrupt it is but people say it’s one of the most corrupt countries in the world, we don’t wind up with the promises people make.

Also last Tuesday Laura Ingraham had the 2008 Socialist candidate Brian Moore on her Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle. She asked him if Socialism has ever worked anywhere in the world. Moore answered with a surprisingly accurate and honest, “No.”

Of course, he went on to say or at least imply that it just hasn’t been tried properly. Wherever it’s been tried a true socialist will usually say it just wasn’t done right or wasn’t done completely enough to be a real test.

The problem with Socialism is that it brings out the dark side of humanity. Socialism leads to tyranny.

Capitalism allows people to make money by providing goods or services to others who want what is offered. In that way Capitalism rewards those who earn it and punishes those who don’t. Not perfectly, of course. Sometimes crooks get way with cheating but are always at risk of their true self being discovered. A few cheating crooks that manage to escape the wrath they deserve still leads to better results on the whole than what socialism does to the majority. Only the ruling class get rich while everyone else is equal only in the sense of being equally poor and miserable.

The cheaters in a capitalist country do harm to other people but not nearly on the scale the ruling class does when they get control over everyone by implementing socialism. The dark side of humanity comes out at its worst when opportunity for it is high. Socialism enables the ruling class to exploit those it rules because socialism, being against human nature, requires force to implement it policies.

Socialism in all its forms — Marxism-Leninism, communism , Maoism, state socialism, democratic socialism, National Socialism in Nazi Germany, everywhere it exists, is rule by a criminal gang.

Capitalism allows people to make their own choices of how the want to live and how willing or unwilling they are to work hard to achieve their goals. Under capitalism we all must accept the consequences of the choices we make. Choosing socialism is likely to be the last free choice one will ever make. The consequences of that choice is a miserable existence.

Millennials haven’t been taught to think. They don’t know that much of what they enjoy in life is a result of capitalism and would disappear if socialism were to be implemented. They haven’t seen socialism’s failures up close and personal. How they can see what socialism has done to Venezuela and not think it would do the same to America is a testament to their ignorance and lack of intellectual curiosity.

If socialism were viable anywhere it would in the Kibbutz experiment in Israel. The people in a Kibbutz have common bonds of religion and persecution. For the most part they have suffered and overcome extreme hardship together. A Kibbutz is like an extended family because its members have so much in common.  A Kibbutz almost resembles the Mayflower party that arrived on American shores in 1621. At first they tried communal living and farming. These were people of a common religion who came to America to escape religious persecution.

In both the Kibbutz and the Mayflower commune socialism utterly failed. Only after they abandoned their experiment with socialism and gave each member their own plot of land to farm did they begin to succeed and find prosperity. Only then did they recover from their misery and find happiness.

Millennials should read the history they were never taught in school.  They need to put away their childhood fantasies and become adults.

Professor R.J. Rummel compiled the statistics. Here’s one for you: Wars in the twentieth century killed approximately 39 million people, civilian and military combined. But the death toll from oppressive governments during the twentieth century was 169 million. All such governments forbade the right of citizens to own firearms, as well as to speak freely. Since death by government has proven to be at least four times greater than death by war, why do you think anyone would want to go in the direction of centralized state power? (i.e., socialism).

  — Stella Morabito, The Federalist, March 23, 2018

The same people who want socialism are also waging war on freedom of speech and our natural right to keep and bear arms for our personal defense. Both are protected by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Of course, they’d like to get rid of the Constitution as well.

I’d say, we have been warned. If we allow the socialist nightmare to take hold of our country we will have ourselves to blame.

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