I watched some of Dr. Zhivago last night and I’ve read things from Ayn Rand who lived both before, during and after the Russian revolution that brought Communism to a land of tyranny, and while I don’t advocate the monarchy, I can’t help but feel that socialists are the greediest out there. Why?
Look at your average capitalist (not corporatist, big difference). They’re probably a moderately successful small business owner who makes custom carpets for people’s homes. This man might want to become a highly successful businessman and very wealthy. He wants to have a house with many rooms on a property with many cars. But short of him outright thieving it from people, the only way he can get that wealthy is to continue to improve upon the quality of his product while increasing his customer base. Essentially, he must create a VALUE and TRADE it with willing consumers.
If he cannot make something people are willing to buy, then he will get nowhere. Therefore, he will always create something that will add to society, not detract from it. And his own highest motivation isn’t taking care of everyone around him (by obligation), but taking care of himself and his family.
Look at the heavy socialism of the Bolshevik Revolution. As the ideals of the revolution set in, people began taking what belonged to others. Roving groups moved into homes larger than they had. Nothing belonged to anyone, regardless of if that property had been earned or not. It wasn’t just the occasional businessman who turned greedy and tried taking what didn’t belong to him, it was an entire nation!
What’s the difference between the average capitalist and average socialist? The capitalist recognizes that nothing belongs to him he cannot earn or trade for without a product or labor, which means the person from whom he gets money gets something of value in return, and thus both parties benefit. The socialist believes that everything belongs to him without earning or trading for it and that no one deserves a fair trade of value before being taken from.
We can say that it’s best for everyone if we distribute property, but history proves over and over that property is always better taken cared of when the owner, such as a private party, has the most benefit and investment in its care. For everyone reading this who automatically thinks of companies dumping sewage in lakes and streams and burying toxic waste, you’re looking at the fraction of a percent bad apples of private industry. These are the 5% of all motorcyclists nationwide who ride irresponsibly, and only 1% of American motorcyclists are members of gangs, and yet everyone’s first concept of a rider is that of a leather-wearing thug.
Is industry so different? 80% of American companies are small businesses, the other 20% are large companies. Are you really going to be so deceived into thinking one out of every five companies is run by evil people. So that means one out of every five houses in your neighborhood is housed with an evil dude or duddette. But, that also means there’s a one in five chance YOU are that evil person.
Are you evil? Maybe only 1/5th evil?
Maybe, and this is only me being realistic here, there’s a tiny portion of any industry that actually is willing to abuse its own environment, and maybe our God-forsaken, trash-seeking media plays those tiny numbers up to imply that the ENTIRE sugar industry is out to make you fat, get you cancer, and steal your dog and sell it the local Chinese restaurant just to rub it in.
How about private industry is run almost entirely by your best friend? Your uncle? Your wife? How about yourself? How about you just want to do good in life? Do mistakes occur? Abuses? Sure. But in a non-corporatist system, free-market system, workers have the most freedom to go start their own businesses free of high regulations and government-incurred startup costs.
Socialism is greedy because it says “What is yours is mine because for you to gain more through skill I don’t have is evil, because I can’t do it your way or gain your wealth, therefore you owe me through my inability to do what you can do.” It says that the world is owned by everyone merely because we’re alive, and by partitioning it off, we’re cutting off our posterity from an ability to have a life.
Capitalism says that property is sacred, and that those who own it are mostly like to want to keep it at its highest quality for their own highest return. It says that what one man earns, he has first and complete rights to until he divulges himself of it, which is only to occur if something of equal or greater value is offered in exchange, thus forcing everyone to produce versus take. Socialism only ever takes and ends private innovation, the absolute hallmark of our Industrial Revolution from the 1800′s.
Take away a man’s right to benefit from his own labor, and you remove his incentive to live free. Offer him what everyone else owns, and his own worst nature will arise — greed, lethargy, avarice, suspicion, betrayal, hate … Don’t believe me? Take an honest minute and read what happened to the people who lived through the Bolshevik revolution — they went from moderately poor in peaceful union with each other to an entire country of poverty with no food, no jobs, no trust and little love. The entire community turned on itself, eating its young and casting its elderly. They turned into a pack of dogs attacking each other for scraps, all the while claiming they had the moral high point on the capitalists. America? We continued promoting our rich because those rich had come from dirt poor, and helped the dirt poor the best we could. Our nation has the richest and most well-taken cared of poor in the history of man, and that didn’t come from government programs, but from the goodness of honest private citizens who wanted to help those from whom they’d come.
If you think differently, then I don’t question everyone else, I question you, and why you think it’s necessary to bind everyone to our lowest common denominator, as if that were a moral goal, and not loosing our best and brightest to inspire us all to reach for the stars!!