Progressives and other crypto-Marxists will always dismiss the outright failures (see: Venezuela) and instead ask, “What about Denmark? What about Sweden?”
The answer, put simply and -- as even the country of Denmark’s Prime Minister has pointed out -- is that:
...some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore, I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy… with [as] much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish."
Capitalism taken to its logical extreme is capitalism; private property rights taken to their logical extreme are private property rights.
Capitalism respects human nature; the desire of most to work hard within the confines of a civil society, thereby achieving personal, professional, financial or any other form of success that they themselves value.
Socialism rejects human nature. It attempts to replace the goals and aspirations of the individual with the forced mandate of a collective. Shared property, the seizure and redistribution of assets, and guaranteed “fairness” of outcome -- no matter how ludicrous -- are all hallmarks of a socialist society.
That is why socialism, Marxism, and its murderous brethren always seize the reins of industry. The inevitable result is that in an elite few -- not “the proletariat”, not the “masses” -- control government-run monopolies.
Of course, these monopolies, without exception, become inefficient, dysfunctional, and faceless bureaucracies focused on retaining their exclusive control of some aspect of society, but certainly not on pleasing (or even serving) customers.
As they are not subject to competition, monopolies have no incentive to operate efficiently, either from a financial or an effectiveness point-of-view. Prized jobs in socialist societies are government sinecures wedged inside these monoliths. This class of jobs is incredibly desirable because they represent permanent employment. No one is ever fired from the government monopoly due to poor performance, cruelty or even criminality.
Challenge socialists on this single point: What is their endgame?When is enough government control enough? Why won’t socialists -- or Democrat Socialists -- share their blueprint for society? What industry is a “bridge too far” for socialism? Why can’t they tell us what their limits are on taxation, control of industry, and how much of society should be dependent upon their handouts?
Conservatives know their endgame: it is called the United States Constitution. These four pages of wisdom, condensed instructions gleaned from thousands of years of human experience, ended up germinating the most magnificent nation-state yet to arise from humanity’s tumult.
And a great percentage of our fellow citizens neither recognize nor appreciate the magnificent society with which they have been bequeathed. They take for granted this unique and precious anomaly in the context of human history.
Only education can help them. Not all of them, to be sure, but many: those who possess both open minds and a willingness to learn.
Let us all endeavor to help educate the wayward and lead them to the path of enlightenment.
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