Yesterday, John Hinderaker asked “Can the Democrats Mainstream Socialism?” After all, Bernie is proudly stating that he is a Democratic Socialist (which we hope is different from a National Socialist, although he seems just as intent upon controlling all citizens within his realm). It’s not just Bernie, though. Hinderaker looks at Democrat party pushes for socialism, coupled with scary numbers about Americans’ receptivity to this doctrine.
What any logical, intelligent, educated person will do, is point to the fact that socialism, since it first reared its head during the French Revolution, and then later as Marx refined it, has been a failure everywhere it’s been tried. As best, it’s bankrupted nations, as it’s doing with Europe; at worst, it’s resulted in blood-soaked domestic tyrannies that often sought to spread their loathsome tentacles throughout other lands, a death-ravaged tale that traverses the world from the former USSR, to Italy, to Germany, to China, to North Korea, to Vietnam, to Cuba, etc., etc., etc.
I was bemoaning to a friend the fact that Americans seem incapable of learning from history. Of course, a lot of young Americans who are products of modern American education don’t know history or, if they do know history, it’s a version that would make Marx proud. I’ve already suffered through one child getting an AP US History education and am now valiantly combating the dreck that’s being visited on my second child.
But even people who ought to know better — the ones who still managed to catch the rag-tag end of a decent education before the 1980s or so — are drawn like moths to a flame when they hear the word “free.” “Free education!” “Free healthcare!” “Free retirement care!” They can’t seem to stop themselves. They hear the sound and every rational thought flees their brain.
I realized today what this phenomenon reminds me of. It reminds me of this scenario: