Equal­ity least likely in so­cial­ism

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ED KONECNIK Flush­ing, New York

Just af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the writ­ing and sign­ing of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, Ben­jamin Franklin was asked what sort of gov­ern­ment the Founders had made. He is said to have re­sponded, “A repub­lic, if you can keep it.” Re­cent events and trends sug­gest we may be los­ing it. But pub­lic schools no longer teach his­tory, logic or crit­i­cal think­ing, so peo­ple don’t know what they don’t know -- and don’t know what that means.

If Amer­i­cans had solid foun­da­tions in our his­tory, they would be more crit­i­cal of the emerg­ing demo­cratic so­cial­ist plat­form, which is a re­write of the pro­grams ini­ti­ated in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez’s pro­gram was to end in­come in­equal­ity, pro­vide free education and get rid of pri­vately-owned guns to im­prove se­cu­rity. The Democrats added free health care for all and open bor­ders.

End­ing in­come in­equal­ity is lit­er­ally im­pos­si­ble. Some peo­ple will al­ways make more money than oth­ers. There are rich and poor peo­ple in both cap­i­tal­ist and so­cial­ist coun­tries. The main dif­fer­ence is the rich in Com­mu­nist and so­cial­ist coun­tries are more likely to have stolen or killed to ac­quire their wealth. Once you seize power in a cen­tral­ist sys­tem, you’re free to take what­ever you want from who­ever has it. That’s what Cas­tro did in Cuba and what Chavez did and Maduro is still do­ing in Venezuela. Cas­tro and Chavez both died very rich men.

His­tory is not just dusty books, but a chron­i­cle of how we got where we are. It is of­ten a fore­bod­ing warn­ing. So­cial­ism is a mix of greed, lust, envy and slav­ery. If you are not al­lowed to own prop­erty or keep the fruit of your ideas and labor, you are en­slaved. That is the ul­ti­mate prom­ise of so­cial­ism.

But be­cause we teach noth­ing, we know noth­ing, and that stands a good chance of cost­ing us ev­ery­thing.

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