The Ugly Side of (Facism) Socialism Is Here

Thursday, December 13, 2012
By Paul Martin

Monty Pelerin
Dec 13 2012

There is a kerfuffle in France. Citizens are not behaving the way the political elite would like. They are reacting adversely to higher taxes.

This response should not surprise. People react to pain and pleasure. They prefer more of the latter and less of the former. Lives are planned in this fashion. Perhaps this revelation surprises a ruling class that has effectively immunized itself from pain. Or perhaps it merely reflects the stupidity and hubris of the elite. Regardless, it reflects the inherent problem that eventually dooms all Socialist schemes.

Of Men and Molecules

Despite centuries of experience, the ruling class still suffers from the belief that it can mold mass behavior to their liking. They believe they know better than the masses. This fatal conceit reflects itself in the desire to run the lives of others.

The elites perceive themselves as the best and the brightest and assume they know better than others. This wisdom means they can improve society by directing it. Invariably the masses disagree with the self-proclaimed wisdom of the anointed leaders.

People are different, unlike molecules. Molecules react in the same fashion to stimuli. People act to achieve diverse ends. When barriers are put in the way of molecules, they bounce off them. People, however, seek ways around barriers. The fallacy of Socialism is its refusal to recognize the difference between molecules and purpose-oriented human beings.

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