You’re in a conversation and someone says, “Socialism ensures a just and equal society. The only way to guarantee a basic standard of living for everyone is by adopting a socialist system.”
What would you say?
At some point, we all look around at the problems in our society and wonder if there’s a better option. We should be asking if there’s something we can do better, and we should be looking out for the weak or oppressed.
People who advocate for socialism think that they’re doing just that. But socialism doesn’t deliver on what it promises. So, the next time you’re in a conversation and someone says that socialism ensures society is more just, here are three things to remember:
First, socialism doesn’t mean what most people think it means.
Second, socialism has already been tried, and we even have very recent examples of how badly it went.
Third, socialism doesn’t lead to utopia and pretending that it does hurts real people.
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Further Reading and References:
For more about the 100 million victims of socialism, see: https://www.wsj.com/articles/100-years-of-communismand-100-million-dead-1510011810
For more on socialism and the economy, see: Richards, Jay W. Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2009.
Dr. Jay Richards served as the consultant for this video.