Socialism Is An Immoral System

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Submitted by Bob Livingston via Personal Liberty Digest blog (h/t Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.com),

The American economic system, and in fact the world’s economic system is failing, and that failure is being attributed by many on the left (and some on the right) as a failure of capitalism.

This false notion has given rise to Bernie Sanders and his preaching of social democracy. How has this happened?

Every writer and every commentator and every politician in America refers to the U.S. as a democracy of free enterprise capitalism with individual privacy and property rights. This is a big laugh to any sober person.

The system and its paid politicians still repeat high-sounding terms like “freedom of the individual” and “free enterprise,” which sedates the madding crowd. The terms “private” and “freedom” no longer mean what they once meant. They are cruel deceptions that fool the mind yearning for human freedom.

The fact is that in America we have massive regulation and regimentation. This is necessary, we are told, because it is “in the public interest.” It all spews forth out of “democracy” as if a Biblical word and a holy sanction. Terms like “public interest” and “common good” are code words that mean police state and reduced liberty.

We live in a fiction of freedom perpetuated with semantic corruption that has evolved us into economic fascism. Language and words that support a free society have been turned inside out.

With this propaganda reverse, opposition has been neutralized. True words, true meanings of patriotism and freedom have become the farce and illusion that cover fascism.

So Sanders has attracted the millennials in droves based on the lie that capitalism is immoral but his brand of socialism is moral because it guarantees “equality.” These millennials tweet or blog their discontent with the present system on their Iphones and Androids and computers created by capitalists who got rich and then became crony capitalist socialists or fascists.

But Sanders doesn’t distinguish between monopoly or crony capitalism and true free-market capitalism. Free market capitalism hasn’t existed in the U.S., or much of anywhere else for that matter, in more than 100 years. So capitalism hasn’t failed and isn’t failing.

There is a silent marriage between big government and big business. It exists around the world. It’s called fascism, or was in Italy, though we have the same thing.

All governments are fronts for monopoly capitalism, and monopoly capitalism has many names: fascism, socialism, communism and democracy. Big business has and will promote every ideology and philosophy known to man to disguise its madness for profits. But one equals the other. They are all immoral systems that use the power of government to exist and to suppress human freedom.

The only moral system is laissez-faire capitalism; the system in which transactions between private parties are free from government interference. It was American free market capitalism that fueled the growth of the U.S. economic engine beginning in the 1800s and raised the standard of living around the globe, before monopoly capitalism began to exert greater and greater control over the U.S. economic system beginning in the mid-1800s and accelerated after the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913.

Sadly, it’s not just the progressive left and ignorant millennials that oppose free market capitalism. In any discussion forum where laissez-faire capitalism is discussed, “conservatives” are quick to make the disclaimer that “we must have some regulation” or, “we can’t have unfettered capitalism.” In truth, most so-called conservatives are really closet socialists. This is a testament to the powerful propaganda we are subjected to.

In 1993, C. Bradley Thompson, then assistant professor of political science at Ashland University, described the immorality of socialism and the morality of capitalism as well as anyone I’ve read. This should be shared with anyone you know – particularly young people who are victims of the public (non)education system — who has bought the lie that capitalism is a failed system and has embraced conventional wisdom and Sanders’ false paradigm:

Socialism vs. capitalism: Which is the moral system?

Throughout history there have been two basic forms of social organization: collectivism and individualism. In the twentieth-century collectivism has taken many forms: socialism, fascism, Nazism, welfare-statism and communism are its more notable variations. The only social system commensurate with individualism is laissez-faire capitalism.

The extraordinary level of material prosperity achieved by the capitalist system over the course of the last two-hundred years is a matter of historical record. But very few people are willing to defend capitalism as morally uplifting.

It is fashionable among college professors, journalists, and politicians these days to sneer at the free-enterprise system. They tell us that capitalism is base, callous, exploitative, dehumanizing, alienating, and ultimately enslaving.

The intellectuals’ mantra runs something like this: In theory socialism is the morally superior social system despite its dismal record of failure in the real world. Capitalism, by contrast, is a morally bankrupt system despite the extraordinary prosperity it has created. In other words, capitalism at best, can only be defended on pragmatic grounds. We tolerate it because it works.

Under socialism a ruling class of intellectuals, bureaucrats and social planners decide what people want or what is good for society and then use the coercive power of the State to regulate, tax, and redistribute the wealth of those who work for a living. In other words, socialism is a form of legalized theft.

The morality of socialism can be summed-up in two words: envy and self-sacrifice. Envy is the desire to not only possess another’s wealth but also the desire to see another’s wealth lowered to the level of one’s own. Socialism’s teaching on self-sacrifice was nicely summarized by two of its greatest defenders, Hermann Goering and Benito Mussolini. The highest principle of Nazism (National Socialism), said Goering, is: “Common good comes before private good.” Fascism, said Mussolini, is “a life in which the individual, through the sacrifice of his own private interests… realizes that completely spiritual existence in which his value as a man lies.”

Socialism is the social system which institutionalizes envy and self-sacrifice: It is the social system which uses compulsion and the organized violence of the State to expropriate wealth from the producer class for its redistribution to the parasitical class.

Despite the intellectuals’ psychotic hatred of capitalism, it is the only moral and just social system.

Capitalism is the only moral system because it requires human beings to deal with one another as traders — that is, as free moral agents trading and selling goods and services on the basis of mutual consent.

Capitalism is the only just system because the sole criterion that determines the value of a thing exchanged is the free, voluntary, universal judgment of the consumer. Coercion and fraud are anathema to the free-market system.

It is both moral and just because the degree to which man rises or falls in society is determined by the degree to which he uses his mind. Capitalism is the only social system that rewards merit, ability and achievement, regardless of one’s birth or station in life.

Yes, there are winners and losers in capitalism. The winners are those who are honest, industrious, thoughtful, prudent, frugal, responsible, disciplined, and efficient. The losers are those who are shiftless, lazy, imprudent, extravagant, negligent, impractical, and inefficient.

Capitalism is the only social system that rewards virtue and punishes vice. This applies to both the business executive and the carpenter, the lawyer and the factory worker.

But how does the entrepreneurial mind work? Have you ever wondered about the mental processes of the men and women who invented penicillin, the internal combustion engine, the airplane, the radio, the electric light, canned food, air conditioning, washing machines, dishwashers, computers, etc.?

What are the characteristics of the entrepreneur? The entrepreneur is that man or woman with unlimited drive, initiative, insight, energy, daring creativity, optimism and ingenuity. The entrepreneur is the man who sees in every field a potential garden, in every seed an apple. Wealth starts with ideas in people’s heads.

The entrepreneur is therefore above all else a man of the mind. The entrepreneur is the man who is constantly thinking of new ways to improve the material or spiritual lives of the greatest number of people.

And what are the social and political conditions which encourage or inhibit the entrepreneurial mind? The free-enterprise system is not possible without the sanctity of private property, the freedom of contract, free trade and the rule of law.

But the one thing that the entrepreneur values over all others is freedom — the freedom to experiment, invent and produce. The one thing that the entrepreneur dreads is government intervention. Government taxation and regulation are the means by which social planners punish and restrict the man or woman of ideas.

Welfare, regulations, taxes, tariffs, minimum-wage laws are all immoral because they use the coercive power of the state to organize human choice and action; they’re immoral because they inhibit or deny the freedom to choose how we live our lives; they’re immoral because they deny our right to live as autonomous moral agents; and they’re immoral because they deny our essential humanity. If you think this is hyperbole, stop paying your taxes for a year or two and see what happens.

The requirements for success in a free society demand that ordinary citizens order their lives in accordance with certain virtues — namely, rationality, independence, industriousness, prudence, frugality, etc. In a free capitalist society individuals must choose for themselves how they will order their lives and the values they will pursue. Under socialism, most of life’s decisions are made for you.

Both socialism and capitalism have incentive programs. Under socialism there are built-in incentives to shirk responsibility. There is no reason to work harder than anyone else because the rewards are shared and therefore minimal to the hard-working individual; indeed, the incentive is to work less than others because the immediate loss is shared and therefore minimal to the slacker.

Under capitalism, the incentive is to work harder because each producer will receive the total value of his production — the rewards are not shared. Simply put: socialism rewards sloth and penalizes hard work while capitalism rewards hard work and penalizes sloth.

According to socialist doctrine, there is a limited amount of wealth in the world that must be divided equally between all citizens. One person’s gain under such a system is another’s loss.

According to the capitalist teaching, wealth has an unlimited growth potential and the fruits of one’s labor should be retained in whole by the producer. But unlike socialism, one person’s gain is everybody’s gain in the capitalist system. Wealth is distributed unequally but the ship of wealth rises for everyone.

Sadly, America is no longer a capitalist nation. We live under what is more properly called a mixed economy — that is, an economic system that permits private property, but only at the discretion of government planners. A little bit of capitalism and a little bit of socialism.

When government redistributes wealth through taxation, when it attempts to control and regulate business production and trade, who are the winners and losers? Under this kind of economy the winners and losers are reversed: the winners are those who scream the loudest for a handout and the losers are those quiet citizens who work hard and pay their taxes.

As a consequence of our sixty-year experiment with a mixed economy and the welfare state, America has created two new classes of citizens. The first is a debased class of dependents whose means of survival is contingent upon the forced expropriation of wealth from working citizens by a professional class of government social planners. The forgotten man and woman in all of this is the quiet, hardworking, law-abiding, taxpaying citizen who minds his or her own business but is forced to work for the government and their serfs.

The return of capitalism will not happen until there is a moral revolution in this country. We must rediscover and then teach our young the virtues associated with being free and independent citizens. Then and only then, will there be social justice in America.

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MillionDollarAnus's picture

Yeah, let's blame it all on socialism while ignoring all of the other problems in this world that make ANY system unworkable. 

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

This is capitalism:

You study hard, and get an A.  The other guy parties all weekend, doesn't study and gets a D-.

This is socialism:

You study hard and get an A.  The other guy parties all weekend, and gets a D-.  The professor takes points from the kid that studied hard and gives them to the kid who partied all weekend.

Both kids get a C.  They are now EQUAL.

Thats the difference of "free market capitalism" and "socialism (or communism)"

When the kids that studied hard figure out they aren't going to get an A, they are going to party and fuck around too.  Pretty soon, NO ONE knows the material, the college just hands EVERYONE a diploma.  Do you want your DR. or your AIRLINE pilot only knowing 50% of the material???

 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Capitalism can also involve the drunken coke snorting idiot getting into Yale because daddy went to Yale and gave Yale lots of $$$$, and his daddy before him, and Yale passing him for the same reason.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) LetThemEatRand May 12, 2016 9:09 PM

"Socialism Is An Immoral System"

Yes, it is.  And the compassionate socialists will jail/kill you if you dare go against their wishes.  Because you are not as "smart" as them, you see.  You must do what they tell you to do and buy what they tell you to buy.  Compassion...

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

No, LTER, thats "CRONY" capitalism.  The only similarity to "capitalism" and "crony capitalism" is the word "capitalism". 

MillionDollarAnus's picture

Capitalism CANNOT WORK under any circumstances when you use the planet as a dumpster and hit the natural ecosystem limits of the planet, treat its finite resources like they are infinite, and ignore overpopulation while removing natural selection. Sorry to tell you that there is no system that can work when those things are occurring, just as they are now. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lazy, lying, or ignorant (possibly all 3). 

FredFlintstone's picture

Your screen name sounds like it might be for a high-priced, gay prostitute.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

I'll go ahead and put you in the ignorant category. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

You're full of shit. Real Capitalism worked just fine when people acted morally and honestly. Without rule of law, like now, it all falls apart.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

No, you're ignorant. The reason capitalism may have appeared to work in the past is because the population was lower than it is now, the Earth had not clearly hit biosphere limitations, and the issues with pollution were nowhere near as bad as they are now. You CAN NOT have infinite growth on a finite planet. We are at peak resource extraction. The fact that you have no idea what I'm talking about demonstrates your ignorance. Technology doesn't fix problems, in fact it often exacerbates them. 

Heavy's picture

Socialism in America is support for banks silly rabbit(s)

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

MDA: Bullshit, as in BULLSHIT.  Real "capitalism", real FREE MARKET CAPITALISM, would recognize those problems and say, "That is going to be a problem in the future---its going to cut into profits".  Lets come up with THIS idea to solve THAT problem.

The whatever 'ISM we have today, is the problem.  Its certainly NOT "free market capitalism".  Businesses FAIL in free market capitalism.  They don't in the Crony/Socialist world we live in today.

Our problems ARE NOT caused by TOO LITTLE government today, its TOO FUCKING MUCH GOVERNMENT thats caused the problems.  I hate to break it to ya.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

You just said it - that's why true free market capitalism is called Democratic Socialism  - because it works fairly for all the engaged members of the social enclave :) 

hxc's picture

Funny... guy pretending to be satan equivocating anarchist capitalism with totalitarian socialism... and then advocating totalitarian socialism.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

I never said government solves problems nor am I endorsing socialism. You're engaging in stereotyping without even understanding what I said. I pointed out why capitalism wouldn't work because I'm tired of the ignorance. The government often makes problems worse however that is NOT why capitalism is an epic failure. Capitalism could give 2 shits about any of the problems I listed, in fact, capitalism wants more people to buy more stuff. That is a big part of the problem. The planet is not infinite in size or resources. Until you grasp that fact you will just keep ramming your head against the wall. 

Cruel Aid's picture

Well what form do you suggest. State Capitalism? And capitalism doesnt automatically call for aggressive consumption. It, to me, promotes a better way or product that we use for a better life and that includes healty enviornment. You may be jumping to conclusion.

hxc's picture

THANK YOU!!! The problem of scarcity exists, whether you want to use those finite resources efficiently (capitalism) or not (some other system)

TeamDepends's picture

"Capitalism could give 2 shits...", "capitalism wants". Capitalism is an economic theory or system, and is therefore incapable of conjuring human emotions. Leftists such as yourself have been brainwashed into believing that it is the World Boojie Man, creating all the planets suffering, causing all environmental maladies, and sending the creatures of the forest panicked in all directions. It isn't so and never has been.

WSMassiv's picture

Your confusing 2 words that begin with "C".  Your word Capitalism, is actually the proper word: Consumerism.  This is what we have today, something called planned obsolescence. Look into it.

It is birthed out of a depreciating currency, and helped along with bastardized crony-fascio-corporate-socio-communist-klepto-centralized-banksterism.  See we can all make up words. 

Using poorly defined or understood words obfuscates your meaning when having these discussions.  Everyone is using shit vocabulary making it more difficult to convey simple truths.  Try again, and convey 1 thought at a time.

RockySpears's picture

MDA, you are missing the point, either intentionally, to be a dick, or unintentionally, in which case read what people write more carefully.

 

Capitalists, in a finite system such as we have, would recognise the finite nature of a resource and find a solution, afterall, they DO NOT want to seen their profits damaged from a lack of resource.

 

What happens now is that Gov. steps in to "regulate" the resources and distribute them as IT sees fit, leaving the Capitalist, unless a crony gov. capitalist, with nothing to profit from.  So he moves on.

 

Eventually, as we have now, ALL resources are regulated by gov. and the Capitalist is forced to become crony, just to get along.

 

RS

Bay of Pigs's picture

You're obviously young and don't know even recent history. Your explanation is clownish bordering on trolling.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

Older and smarter than your ignorant ass. 

mvsjcl's picture

You're a bore. Find another oxgang to inhabit.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

The awesome wonder of "New Age" mind control.

TeamDepends's picture

Then kill yourself so us capitalists can get on with it.

MillionDollarAnus's picture

Why don't you go shit in your depends fuckface? 

Harlequin001's picture

'The reason capitalism may have appeared to work in the past is because the population was lower than it is now,...'

So, capitalism doesn't work because the population has grown... Let me think about that just for an instant.

Sounds like you're talking out of your milliondollararse old stick.

malek's picture

The usual bullshit argumentation.

People equal increased value with increased resources which is by no means a fixed relationship.

anonymike's picture

You'll find several good articles and talks describing how real free market capitalism better protects the environment at

http://pure-liberty.org/Conservation.html

 

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

We are at peak shit and peak bullshit. Whar's me flood pants, Maw? Another shitstorm's a comin' 'n the dam's a'burstin'!

ersatz007's picture

There was never such a thing as Real Capitalism. What we have is a distorted form of capitalism and socialism - cronyism. It's always been that way to some degree or another. It got worse after 1913. But it existed before.

MortimerDuke's picture

I think you're the one exposing their ignorance here.  Property rights in a free market capitalist system incentivize people not to destroy their property.  Are there going to be bad characters in such a system?  Yes.  But there are no such incenitves in a socialist order at all.  You greens should be on board with capitalism.  And by the way, the argument is not "who's fault it is."  I wouldn't blame socialism for the problems in the US.  I would blame cronyism and and certain limited attempts at central planning (the Fed).  I would simply argue that socialism cannot work in it's pure form.  That's usually the cue for good socialists to argue that they don't want "pure" socialism - they know that won't work.  They want a Bernie-style social democracy, or whatever.  I would then reply, that's what we currently have, so what are you agitating for?  

Yen Cross's picture

  Grow the fuck up!!!  Spending other peoples money works great until it all runs out. Did you miss that article, and the myriad of other ones, about Venezuela earlier?

   When you're wiping your ass with a 'corn cob' give us a call.  There's a big difference between Capitalism and [crony capitalism]

  You're obviously too young to remember how markets priced risk?  You know, before central banks decided to distort everything capitalism is predicated on.[ How's that quazi socialism working out for you?]

willwork4food's picture

@ MDA The obvious thing for you to do is give all your money away then kill yourself for the public good. (Less demand on the envirnment).

ebworthen's picture

"Monkey want banana".

That's all you need to know.

Buster Cherry's picture

another Rosie O'Donell

 

We have an EPA that keeps our country squeaky clean buddy and dont choo fergit it!

 

 

maxamus's picture

Just like the only similarity to socialism and democratic socialism is the word socialism.

nmewn's picture

As can blue-blooded monarchism & socialism & tribalism. 

Put people in positions of authority (the state) without a sword hanging over their heads and it will always happen. 

Socialism is no different and you can't "make people be socialist" with candy or goodies of Faaarrreee! shit this or I'll dictator your ass on the spot that, which is what socialists have always tried to do with their "ideology", it always fails on the liberty quotient, it's a negative statist-integer and always will be ;-)

dexter_morgan's picture

That confuses me. You mean in countries that were ruled by monarchies this couldn't happen? Or, it doesn't happen in Sweden, or Russia, or anywhere else you have a wealthy class and then everyone else? I don't think that scenario is limited to just capitalism, but happens wherever you have a corrupt ruling class with tons of OPM. 

Still Losing Money's picture

that's not capitalism dumbass it's nepotism. 

AGuy's picture

"Capitalism can also involve the drunken coke snorting idiot getting into Yale because daddy went to Yale "

Nope, That cronism and the opposite of Capitalism. I guess you attended a Liberal college/Public School system

 

 

Restorative_Ally's picture

This is capitalism: 

A small group of rich and powerful people own everything and do anything in their power to maintain that control, even at the expense of others.

This is socialism:

A small group of rich and powerful people pretend not to own everything and do anything in their power to maintain that control, even at the expense of others.

This is facism: 

A small group of rich and powerful people claim that the government owns everything and does anything in its power to maintain that control, even at the expense of others.

This is communism:

A small group of rich and powerful people own the government which owns everything and do anything in their power to maintain that control, even at the expense of others.

This is realism:

You're fucked.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Restorative_Ally May 12, 2016 9:10 PM

You didn't define free market capitalism.  Free market capitalism works.

Omen IV's picture

State Capitalism has many of the virtues of both socialism and capitalism - it recognizes Nationalist Allegiance of the citizens by rewarding their work and entrpreneurship -

everyone cannot be a capitalist but they dont deserve to die at the altar of winner take all!

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Omen IV May 12, 2016 9:28 PM

"...but they dont deserve to die at the altar of winner take all!"

Which is exactly what happens when governments get involved in markets.  Nobody deserves to die at the altar of winner take all so allow free market capitalism to function.  Get murdering governments out of it.

 

(crying now...)

OverTheHedge's picture

18th and 19th February London was a reasonably good model for no holds barred, free market capitalism. One in 5 women engaged in prostitution, and the only reason that the population didn't fall off a cliff was the endless influx of fresh meat to replace the murdered and diseased who died in droves. I would not have wanted to live in such a place for any money you offered.

With free market capitalism, comes the right to starve to death in a ditch. I know the FSA gets a rough deal here, but kill them all? Really?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

What was that theory based on the observation of nature that Darwin promoted? Something like"survival of the fittest?" Silly thing that, eh?

WSMassiv's picture

Actually this form of government you are talking about is way closer to what we have today.  Fascio-Corporatism.

Corporations given the rights of defined legal persons like you or I.  Which was only blessed and allowed through the crown corporation, IE the Royals.

British East India Company - Ring a bell.  Maybe perhaps: Sir James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak.

OR better yet still something closer to home: The Virginia Company.

Soooooo weird.... the truth is in front of all our faces.

striped-pad's picture

You make a very important point. Free market capitalism by itself doesn't solve all the world's problems, and can tolerate some pretty awful things happening. But if you're looking for a system "so perfect that no one will need to be good" (T.S. Eliot), I don't think you're going to find it.

Liberty doesn't produce morality, but then neither does a lack of liberty. Morality has to come from people themselves – it can't be imposed by a political or economic system, although some systems allow morality to flourish better than others.