Monday, August 8, 2011

Socialism Does Not Work

It’s been 50 years since my family left East-Germany.  I am reminded again of this event, since the date of the building of the Berlin Wall and the stronger reinforcement of the demarcation line between East- and West-Germany is nearing its 50th anniversary this coming August 13, 2011.  Any country which has to build a wall or fences around themselves to keep their people in, does not work because it doesn’t give its citizen freedom.  Actually, the government of East-Germany claimed at that time, that they had to build the wall to keep the anti-socialists OUT.  How is that for logic?

What is socialism? According to Wikipedia, socialism is an economic system in which the means of production are publicly or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively, or a political philosophy advocating such a system.  Webster’s New World Dictionary explains it as “any of various theories or systems of the ownership and operation of the means of production and distribution by society or the community rather than private individuals, with all members of the society sharing in the work and the products.” These very words explain why socialism does not work because it is based on a theory which leaves out the most important factor of human nature.  Humans were created by God as their parent to live a spiritual live here on earth inquiring character and experience relationships of love.  Socialism as proposed by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels never allowed a belief in a creator, a loving God who has a plan and purpose for his children.

Years ago, before the fall of communism, Reverend Sun Myung Moon played a major role in the downfall of communism.

His Critique and Counterproposal to Communism was the very background of President Ronald Reagan’s declaration: “Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.”

"Now it doesn't require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment."
~ Ronald Reagan

I am not a politician, I don’t even like politics.  One thing I don’t understand is that the Soviet Union has been dissolved and many other communist countries in Europe.  Why on earth people are still proclaiming socialism as a form of government, I don’t have a clue.  As Milton Friedman acknowledged, socialism is a force. Mr. Friedman was awarded the Nobel Prize Economics in 1976.
Mr. Friedman wrote in 1989:
"What is socialism?  In its purest form, socialism is government ownership and control of the means of production.  Ownership of anything implies the right to the income produced by that thing."

All means of production in the United States – people, land, machines, buildings, etc. – produce our national income.  Spending by government currently amounts to about 45% of national income.  By that test, government owns 45% of the means of production that produce the national income.  The U.S. is now 45% socialist.
Source: The Clever Dude

The problem with socialism is that you eventually will run out of other people’s money.
~ Milton Friedman (American Economist, July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006

Don’t we learn from history?  Why are we giving awards and acknowledge great thinkers for their innovative thoughts and suggestions but don’t apply them in real life?  Now more than ever, we need people to step up in leadership with real experience and a vision of what is good and true for human kind.  Let’s put the blame game behind and support those leaders who have results to prove their leadership to reform our economy, our education, and our government.  I support those leaders who are humble enough to admit that we need the help from the almighty God.

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