Monday Afternoon Ramblings – 6/24/2019

I mentioned before that my oldest son keeps seeing all of these pro-communist posts on Tumblr. My assumption is that the vast majority are by recent college graduates who have been nestled in the comfortable space of academic idealism, where the theory of communism seems like a utopian paradise. The problem with most of academia is that it rarely can survive in the harsh and messy realities of day to day life.

The first question I would like to ask any pro-communist supporter is this: are you personally willing to tell Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t earn her money fairly and that she must surrender her assets to the authorities? What about Michael Jordan? That is the first step of communism, the seizure of private wealth, nearly always by force.

If Oprah resists, are you personally willing to imprison her? Injure her? Kill her? The academics tend to gloss over this step, as if people will just shrug and willingly hand over what they have worked a lifetime to earn. When you look at the real world examples of communism seizing power, a significant portion of the populace is physically harmed in the process.

If you personally are not willing to strip Oprah Winfrey of her possessions, congratulations, you understand in principle the folly of authoritarian rule.

That’s all for now.

2 thoughts on “Monday Afternoon Ramblings – 6/24/2019”

  1. Great blog entry! It succinctly articulates the chief moral fallacy of Socialism in a compelling way.

    Socialism requires the extraction of the property of others by force and then distribution to those deemed of greater need of those resources by the state. Your example of Oprah clearly demonstrates the failings of the reasoning implied by socialistic policies.

    Many students residing the cocoon of college idealism will get a true taste of reality once they are in the job market. Once you understand the value of a dollar (via actual experience) the allure of the false promises of socialism dissipates, rapidly.

  2. That’s something I noticed early on in Poli-Sci classes all those eons ago (pre-internet age), ideally, many of the political isms sound wonderful; but NONE of them take human nature into account. Therefore, they are all doomed to some measure of failure here or there. I’m with you on the free-market approach.

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