As Bernie Sanders continues his improbable run for President of the United States, and avowed Socialist calling out for “Revolution!” and decrying the inequality of, well, everything, what Socialism really is eludes most of his young followers (and some older ones, too). And like so many Socialists, his hanging out at an NBA game with a famous actor (Danny Glover) highlights the hypocrisy of so many Socialists, Sanders included. But no doubt, his little supporters won’t mind that ONE little bit because it makes him “cool.” Ugh.
And while I realize facts, history, and reality don’t amount to a hill of beans these days, it is still important to put it out there for those who may be sitting on the fence between reason and emotion.
That is just what Thomas Sowell does in this EXCELLENT piece, “Socialism For The Uninformed.” About Socialism Sowell writes:
While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families.
With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.
The anti-capitalist policies in Venezuela have worked so well that the number of companies in Venezuela is now a fraction of what it once was. That should certainly reduce capitalist “exploitation,” shouldn’t it?
But people who attribute income inequality to capitalists exploiting workers, as Karl Marx claimed, never seem to get around to testing that belief against facts — such as the fact that none of the Marxist regimes around the world has ever had as high a standard of living for working people as there is in many capitalist countries.
Well there Sowell goes with those facts again! Yep, the poor downtrodden workers about whom Socialists like Sanders whines (incessantly) are better off – and I would suggest, by a LOT – under a CAPITALIST system, not a Socialist one, no matter how feel good-y that system might sound.
Sowell continues to discuss the empty rhetoric of the Left on Socialism, along with the many unasked questions about assertions made about it. He then pivots to the issue of Minimum Wage, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the push to Socialism. On that topic, Sowell presents these STAGGERING statistics. His article in Townhall continues:
Back in 1948, when inflation had rendered meaningless the minimum wage established a decade earlier, the unemployment rate among 16-17-year-old black males was under 10 percent. But after the minimum wage was raised repeatedly to keep up with inflation, the unemployment rate for black males that age was never under 30 percent for more than 20 consecutive years, from 1971 through 1994. In many of those years, the unemployment rate for black youngsters that age exceeded 40 percent and, for a couple of years, it exceeded 50 percent.
The damage is even greater than these statistics might suggest. Most low-wage jobs are entry-level jobs that young people move up out of, after acquiring work experience and a track record that makes them eligible for better jobs. But you can’t move up the ladder if you don’t get on the ladder.
The great promise of socialism is something for nothing. It is one of the signs of today’s dumbed-down education that so many college students seem to think that the cost of their education should — and will — be paid by raising taxes on “the rich.”
Here again, just a little check of the facts would reveal that higher tax rates on upper-income earners do not automatically translate into more tax revenue coming in to the government. Often high tax rates have led to less revenue than lower tax rates. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
One need only look at this recent revelation by fast-food company, Wendy’s. That is they will be instituting 6,000 AUTOMATED kiosks as a result of the demand for higher Minimum Wage. In other words, that is a huge number of jobs lost right there because of the unrealistic demand to pay unskilled laborers such a high amount of money. We tried to tell them.
Fact and reason just do not seem to have a place in their world, though, especially, SADLY, on the university level (Sowell noted the impact of universities in pushing Socialism). And neither does the First Amendment apparently, as this Daily Signal piece makes clear:
The DePaul College Republicans were scheduling an event with a popular but highly controversial speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, earlier this year.
They immediately hit a snag when they discovered that DePaul has a stated policy requiring a ratio of security to attendees of between 1:50 and 1:75. For their event of 550 attendees, DePaul was required to hire 8 guards for $960.
This might be difficult and might reduce the amount of events that occur on campus, because applying such a policy does place a burden on small student groups that have a hard time raising the money to fund such events.
Nevertheless, at least this policy was publicly available and evenly applied (except it wasn’t).
According to Jorin Burkhart, an executive board member of DePaul College Republicans, “non-conservative groups are able to hold events without being required to have security.” At DePaul, the College Republicans hosting Yiannopoulos are stuck with an inflated bill.
The “security” meanwhile did nothing to stop attacks by assailants, one of whom even threatened to hit the speaker in the face. According to the event organizers, the administration had promised the College Republicans that it would remove disruptors from the event. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
The article continues that the Police were called in, but were also told not to intervene, thus putting these students, and the speaker, at risk of bodily harm.
That is just stunning to me. But it is this narrow mindedness, this refusal to hear or allow anyone else to speak that does not toe the Left Party line,t hat has allowed Socialism to become so accepted, and even embraced, by young people in this country.
Simply put, they don’t know any better because the very people charged with educating them are teaching them propaganda instead, and making clear that any dissent will be punished. That includes Free Speech.
That should not be allowed to stand, but I can’t see this current DOJ standing up to any university, much less on in Chicago, and doing something about it.
And that, my friends, is a sad state of affairs.
At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.