texasaggie posted a comment · Aug 04, 2018
I would like to add to biblical points to this also that, if followed, would rule out socialism. Two of the ten commandments directly relate: "Don't covet other people's stuff", and "Don't steal other people's stuff". Some other ones from the Bible apply too: There is freedom in the Lord - that is spiritual but manifests physically too, with God, but is absent in socialism. Freedom won't work without God, as George Washington and other founders said. There is a Bible parable where the land owner hires people at different rates of pay which makes some angry but Jesus defends the landowner's right to do that. Again, a spiritual illustration that spills over into the physical. Then there is the parable of the talents where the servants who are given different amounts to watch over while the master is gone. When he returns, the ones who multiplied the talents the most were rewarded and the one who buried his one talent in the ground was rebuked and his was talent taken away, with the master saying that he could have at least lent it out for interest. I heard a short sermon from Rabbi Lapin where he described Babylon as turning humans into uniform bricks, as opposed to God's plan of Abraham who was unique like a river worn stone, with the unique individuals being more in line with God's plan for humans. God can work through freedom to give us the lessons we need as individuals while we are on this temporary earth experience. Socialism, in addition to always failing, takes away that possibility to a large degree. And people are starving in once prosperous Venezuela because of the tempting satanic doctrine of socialism.
PC posted a comment · Aug 04, 2018
How much you wanna bet that few if any of the youngsters in the photo on this article are actually paying anything for their college education? Yet, they have all the answers, and the working people are idiots. :(
Ruth posted a comment · Aug 04, 2018
I'm not sure people really buy the idea that those who "have more" have "worked harder". In fact, that is often not really the case. Oftentimes they have been helped more - perhaps by friends of family or friends of friends. I'm reminded of one young man I know who went on dozens of job interviews, and found in one case that the job went to a woman whose father played soccer in his college days with the head of the department. It would be historically inaccurate to disregard the fact that connections and relationships often play a very large role in "who" gets the "what". The attraction of a level playing field is in part a reaction to this persistent, age-old fact of life.
lpratt posted a comment · Aug 03, 2018
I was in education for thirty years. There has been a slow seduction towards socialism in the text books and the curriculum. There was lots of emphasis on equality, not bullying: which leaned heavily toward people who struggle with identity confusion, and social media which encourages "self-expression." Then, from 2008-2016 students who were middle schoolers to college age saw no prospect of getting a job or having a career upon completing school because we were in a recession. Prices were rising. There was no American Dream. So, an alternative to capitalism sounded good and made them think, let the government be in charge of everything so that all of us have our "fair share." Now, in order to have a socialistic state you have to have a large percentage of people who need the government to take care of you and are willing to surrender their individual liberties. So, you needs lots of immigrants, minorities who are angry and feel like they've been held back by the system, and poor people who want your help in order to make this work. Then, your companies and businesses that have money enough to pay their employees have to leave town because you need people to depend on the government, not their jobs. So, you start putting in lots of regulations to run the companies out of the country. You shut down the voice of the faith community that believes that work is honorable and believe in a God who will meet their needs because you need them to depend on the government, not God. Then, you convince the groups who live outside of societies moral norms that they too need to be free to be who they are (regardless of how perverted that might be) and we'll help put that in place. Just give us your vote. They tell you to be angry at the rich who have way too much and should give you their money to help meet your needs because covetousness is okay. So, the rich leave the country too. Then, to pay for this lunacy you raise taxes and promise free things to voters that you can't afford to give. This sounds like the Communist Manifesto.
Perry Wharton posted a comment · Aug 03, 2018
“Marx and his disciples claimed that ‘capitalism’ must give way to ‘socialism,’ where private property would be abolished and an all-powerful state would own everything on behalf of the people. That’s what Marx meant by the word socialism, and that’s the main dictionary definition." Needs to be revised since Millennials do not believe this. They would say, private property would be regulated (not abolished) and an all-powerful state would regulate (not own) everything on behalf of the people. American socialism is a synergism of Private Capitalism regulated by Government Socialism. Something very similar to what China is doing now.