How Socialism Fails in Theory

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Auguste Meyrat
March 5, 2019

Even though Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal was a complete failure of a bill, not even making it to a vote in the House, liberals still hail it as a success. True, it did not become law, but it had noble goals and could have succeeded if it weren’t for America’s self-interested economic system and selfish, unimaginative politicians.

And this is how socialism wins in the end.

Democratic socialists, like Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, claim to believe in what socialism promises — equality, social benefits, a compassionate state — and not in what it actually does, like impoverish and enslave the nations that adopt it. If anyone asks them how they plan to pay for these public goods, they never answer, but they claim the moral high ground, stating that they at least care about the poor and the environment and have started an important national conversation.

The label of “socialist” has long been the easiest way to virtue-signal — hence its popularity among college students. Whereas in the past, people would flaunt their Christian charity, in today’s secular culture, people flaunt their socialist politics — and the latter is much easier because it does not even require giving anything except repeating slogans like “health care for all!,” “universal daycare!,” or “down with the 1%!”

This is a problem, not only because it garners support from gullible audiences (as evidenced from the millions raised for Bernie Sanders’s campaign in a matter of hours) and through media propaganda that normalizes a radical ideology, but also because socialism is fundamentally wrong. Even as a theory, socialism does not work. Not only does it distort the nature of human beings, but it misunderstands the nature of property and human need.

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