So­cial­ism is evil

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 20 com­men­tary “Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on so­cial­ism’s bad name.”

So­cial­ism is a tried — time and again— and failed sys­tem of govern­ment; its dis­as­trous his­tory has given it its bad name.

How­ever, the fun­da­men­tal rea­son Amer­i­cans re­act neg­a­tively to the term is that they find its the­sis, “to each ac­cord­ing to his need, from each ac­cord­ing to his abil­ity,” to be ut­terly repug­nant and 100 per­cent an­tiAmer­i­can. Fur­ther, at their core they have the sense, cor­rectly, that it is morally wrong to take from one man and give to an­other.

So­cial­ism is le­gal­ized servi­tude, and it’s be­ing adopted here at an ac­cel­er­ated pace. Amer­i­cans are work­ing sev­eral months of the year for in­di­vid­u­als and causes they of­ten don’t be­lieve in and there­fore would not oth­er­wise sup­port. By its na­ture, so­cial­ist gov­ern­ments ex­tract more of the cap­i­tal and pro­duc­tion from the more pro­duc­tive pri­vate econ­omy and in­ef­fi­ciently and waste­fully re­dis­tribute it, cre­at­ing lower liv­ing stan­dards for all.

Ben Brigham

Austin

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