Was I Wrong About Socialism?

I hate to admit it, but maybe I was wrong? Maybe socialism isn’t the work of the AntiChrist after all?

All these years I had taken it as axiomatic that social programs, (you know – taking goods and services from one group of people, and giving those good and services to another, different group of people), lead inevitably to societal decay, by killing off people’s inherent self-reliance.

I believed that social programs create a predominantly dependent, lazy populace, which then sooner or later ushers in an economic collapse. And as we Americans suffered through two terms of Bush the Second, and now two terms of Obama the First, both men being ardent believers in the beneficial powers of big government programs, I believed this economic collapse was imminent for the USA.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it yet or not, but we aren’t in an economic collapse at the moment. Granted, things are still unbelievably tough for way too many of us, and shaky as bounding across thin ice on a pogo stick for most of the rest of us, but … it could be worse. As you may remember, back in 2008/2009, it in fact looked like things were going to turn out much, much worse.

Now Obama is still in power, still steering this ship-of-state, and I don’t want to in any way to imply that his ability and will to Fok-up everything and drive us onto the rocks is in any way lessened. But for the TIME BEING, it looks like we’re gonna be okay for at least a few more years.

So what happened? I suppose I underestimated the resiliency of human nature. Despite the best efforts of our government, those who want to succeed, will find a way. Those who want to lay around and live off of others, (and, significantly, vote!), will continue to do so as well.

Certainly we have lots of lazy people here in the USSA, (United Socialist States of America – since we’re socialist in all but name, I believe in time we will correct that), but we also have many, many highly motivated individuals who strive for their goals no matter how high the barriers. And while the Philippines doesn’t have all the social welfare programs we do, there are definitely lazy Filipinos. (My sister-in-law is married to one!) However, you’re much less likely to bump into a lazy Filipino than you are to bump into a lazy American.

Does this mean I advocate a social system like exists in the Philippines, where a social “safety net” is all but missing for a majority of the populace? No, I can’t do that. I can’t claim that a system where poor people die of treatable diseases is superior to our system, where medical treatment is available to EVERYONE, regardless of their ability to pay for it. And no one should starve, or be forced to sleep out in the elements either.

I still don’t like socialism, but I have to admit that it does serve a purpose. Like all forms of government, socialism is most probably a necessary evil. The trick is to finding the proper balance, the proper amount, (not too much, not too little), of socialism, (and government too!), that we can carry without causing unintended bad effects in our society. I would argue that we have passed the point where more social programs are a good thing, and that we had best start cutting back on those we already have, but then what do I know? As we all have just seen, I’ve been wrong before.

 

Originally posted by us on FullofKnowledge.