How do socialists escape the indictment that, in view of the historical record, they are purveyors of tyranny and mass murder? Many deny that Stalin, Mao, and the others were true socialists and, indeed, that socialism has never really been tried—a manifest absurdity. -James Piereson
No cause, ever, in the history of all mankind, has produced more cold-blooded tyrants, more slaughtered innocents, and more orphans than socialism with power. It surpassed, exponentially, all other systems of production in turning out the dead. The bodies are all around us.
And here is the problem: No one talks about them. No one honors them. No one does penance for them. No one has committed suicide for having been an apologist for those who did this to them. No one pays for them. No one is hunted down to account for them.
It is exactly what Solzhenitsyn foresaw in The Gulag Archipelago: "No, no one would have to answer. No one would be looked into." Until that happens, there is no "after socialism." -Alan Charles Kors
In fact, authoritarianism was the common feature of socialists of both National and Leninist varieties, who rushed to stick each other in prison camps or before firing squads. Each faction loathed the other as heretical, but both scorned free-market individualists as beyond redemption. -Daniel Hannan
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Character, Education, Socialism, Trump
The University of Central Florida Knights for Socialism beat effigies of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and presidential adviser Steve Bannon at its “Whack-a-Trump” event Friday. Video footage of the festivities obtained by the East Orlando Post shows students screaming violent profanities and encouraging elementary- and middle school-aged children to join them.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Character, Threats, Smears, Demagoguery, Academia, Trump
The “Knights for Socialism” group at the University of Central Florida (UCF) held a workshop Sunday to teach left-wing students how to “BASH THE FASH” with a “Leftist Fight Club” open to everyone but Republicans... The description explains that a local amateur boxer was on hand to teach basic hand-to-hand combat techniques at the self-defense clinic, in order to help the socialist students better protect themselves from potential hate crimes performed by those sympathetic to “Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis.”
Government, Incompetence, Oops, Socialism, Metaphor, Jobs
Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food. Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger.
Government, Incompetence, Oops, Energy, Socialism, Metaphor, Communism, Jobs
It turns out that Venezuela’s own production of light crudes has plummeted since the late President Hugo Chávez took office in 1999... In 1999, when Chávez took office, PDVSA had 51,000 employees and produced 63 barrels of crude a day per employee. Fifteen years later, PDVSA had 140,000 employees, and produced 20 barrels of crude a day per employee, according to an Aug. 14 report by the France Press news agency. Venezuela’s net oil exports have plummeted from 3.1 million barrels a day in 1997 to 1.7 million barrels a day in 2013, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.
"The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task," according to a new study... The results were that "East Germans cheated twice as much as West Germans overall," leaving the researchers to conclude the "the political regime of socialism has a lasting impact on citizens' basic morality."
Government, Incompetence, Oops, Socialism
Venezuela has already run short of milk, sugar, and even toilet paper, and now supplies of drinking water have fallen dangerously low... Blaming a drought caused by El Niño, the state-owned water company, Hidrocapital, began rationing tap water in Caracas in May.
Socialist Paradise 2015:
Fighting Over Powdered Milk in Venezuela
"Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez!" -Maria Estrella Uribe, Venezuelan Socialist Party
Crime, Incitement, Union, Government, Character, Degeneracy, Threats, Brilliance, AntiAmerican, Demagoguery, Socialism, Theft
Seattle’s newly elected Socialist councilwoman accused aerospace and defense giant Boeing on Monday of "economic terrorism" and told Boeing machinists they should consider taking "over the factories." "The workers should take over the factories, and shut down Boeing’s profit-making machine," Kshama Sawant told a group of activists in the city’s Westlake Park.
Government, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Bigbrother, Energy, Socialism
The army has been sent into toilet paper factories, fights for basic foodstuffs have resulted in several deaths and new, multi-million dollar oil tankers are sitting idle in dock. And, despite sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela’s socialist government can’t quite manage to keep the lights on.
Liberal, Tax, Government, Incompetence, Oops, Economy, Socialism
The last of the three major credit raters downgraded France on Friday, citing poor growth, rising unemployment, and projected public debt of 96 percent of GDP by next year. President François Hollande has responded by reluctantly promising to move ahead with austerity measures... It wasn’t long ago that Hollande entered office as a left-wing firebrand, chasing a 75 percent tax on the rich to avoid having to cut any spending.
Venezuela is reaching the end point of socialism: economic collapse. Its government, headed by Hugo Chavez’s successor and acolyte Nicolas Maduro, has followed the classic left-wing playbook, with the result, inter alia, that you can no longer buy toilet paper in Venezuela. Producing such a complex product evidently is beyond the capacity of the state. -John Hinderacker, Power Line
Liberal, Tax, Incompetence, Financial, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops
France's Socialist government has admitted that the country cannot cope with any further tax rises and promised no more hikes just days ahead of the country's largest ever tax bill... “The government thought that by continually raising taxes, they could raise returns but they are now realising, rather belatedly, the error of their ways,” said Marc Touati, economist at ACDEFI consultancy. “Today in France, we are approaching 47 per cent of total tax pressure compared to GDP.
Hypocrisy, Tax, Character, Fraud, Greed, Socialism
France's former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac admitted on Tuesday that he had held a secret bank account abroad – a fact that he has strenuously denied until now. His admission comes two weeks after he resigned from the Socialist government over allegations that he had siphoned funds into a UBS bank account in Switzerland in order to avoid paying taxes in France.... On Tuesday he was forced to admit to investigating magistrates that he had lied and was placed under formal investigation for tax fraud.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Character, Threats, Socialism
And, you know, we want to, we want to fight people who are on the -- who have signed up on the other side of the barricade who are fighting us, we have to fight them. This is -- we're a militant organization when it comes to the fight against gay bigotry, the fights against racism and sexism. The labor movement has this old saying, and I don't know if you want to take it -- is if you can't open their minds, open their heads.
Socialism is the idea that violent force is an appropriate response to peaceful, voluntary exchange.— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) October 14, 2015
SOCIALISM. Always the same story.
It begins with slogans about The People. It ends with hunger, repression and night-time arrests.
PARIS — If France’s new Socialist government has its way, mothers and fathers will cease to exist — in legal papers, that is. Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage and give homosexual couples the right to adopt children also would replace the terms “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” in all legal documents, including birth certificates.
Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie
Traditional American song, sung in rounds to the tune of "Frere Jacques".
Are you sleeping, Are you sleeping,
And when the revolution comes,
We'll kill you all with knives and guns,
-Removed from Democratic Socialists of America website
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, AntiAmerican, Socialism
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union. Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.”
In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.
Narrative, Socialism, Communism
GREENVILLE, SC -- – Independence Day concerts are especially sweet for the conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. "This 4th of July, I will perform a concert as usual with my orchestra and I will celebrate 20 years of my independence from the 'beauty of socialism,' so to say," Edvard Tchivzhel said with a laugh. Tchivzhel first came to this South Carolina town in 1991, during the turbulent final days of the Soviet Union. It was his first stop on a month-long U.S. tour with the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra, in which he served as associate conductor.
A young socialist discusses terms that the owner of the noodle restaurant he works at will have to comply with.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel or envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill
Complexity theory connects modern science with classical-liberal political economy, particularly with the information problem made famous by F. A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises, who argued that the nature of information in a complex society makes rational economic calculation under central planning an epistemic impossibility.
In their analysis, socialism isn't a bad idea but an impossibility.
Socialism: Voting With Their Feet
Hundreds of Venezuelans at the Colombian border, fleeing in search of food + medicine. Over 2 million have fled into neighboring countries that struggle with the surplus of refugees. With worthless healthcare, currency, and president, the country is in chaos. #SocialismKills pic.twitter.com/JOw718F31D— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) September 11, 2018
Democrats are evenly divided in their views on socialism, with 45 percent viewing it favourably, and 45 percent negatively.
The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th century. It’s socialism that enslaved them and impoverished them. -Garry Kasparov
Redistribution of wealth often seems to involve redistributing most of it to the people on top of the socialist pyramid. -Glenn Reynolds