Why Socialism Never Works and Never Will


I recently debated a liberal on the issue of socialism versus free-market capitalism. Understand that my opponent had never had a job outside of higher education. Consequently, his understanding of anything I said was limited. This column summarizes some of the key points I made during that debate. One more thing before getting into the actual debate. This professor is familiar with a book I wrote on Teamwork that is used by colleges, universities, and corporations in the U.S. and abroad. His debating techniques was to conflate socialism with teamwork.

Proving they are poor students of history—among other failings—Barack Obama and his fellow liberals have used their political hegemony to tilt the American economy toward socialism. From his first day in office Barack Obama has attempted to transform America into his fantasy of a socialist paradise. As a nation, we have not yet moved far enough down the path to economic destruction to qualify as a socialist state, but the left has made marked progress in establishing statism as the new reality in America, and statism is the first cousin of socialism. Just as the teen years are the final phase an individual passes through on the way to adulthood—at least legally speaking—statism is the final phase an economy passes through on the way to socialism. When Obama finally steps down, he will hand over a statist economy to his successor.

Why is it important for Americans to understand what awaits them at the bottom of the slippery slope liberals are pushing our economy down? It is important because lurking at the bottom of this slippery slope is socialism, and history has shown over and over that socialism does not work. Writing for THE FREEMAN, Mark J. Perry had this to say about the ultimate failure of socialism wherever it has been tried: “While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.”

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