Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Humorous Lesson about Socialism

November 6, 2017 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty
 
I should probably be writing about the tax bill, or augmenting my series on the 100th anniversary (deathiversary?) of communism, but I can’t resist sharing some humor about socialism that appeared in my inbox this morning.

Earlier this year, I posted a column entitled, “Everything you need to know about socialism in three pictures.”

Today, we’ll look at three more images to learn about socialism.

And the first one, which I received today, is my favorite since it might actually help educate Crazy Bernie about the inherent unfairness of socialism (sort of like this yard sign).


I wonder, by the way, if the Democratic National Committee and the rest of the Democrat establishment now regrets rigging the rules in favor of Hillary? And why did they even bother when DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz couldn’t even explain the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?

But let’s stick to the topic of socialism. I shared an amusing image back in January making the point that nobody ever has to crawl under barbed wire to escape free markets. Though, as illustrated below, I sometimes wish advocates of socialism in America would stop trying to impose that awful ideology on the rest of us and just move someplace that already practices that poisonous system.


I do wonder whether a year in some hellhole such as Venezuela, North Korea, or Cuba would change their opinions.

Last but not least, I like this third image because it cleverly makes two points.

First, it reveals how some on the left would actually prefer equal levels of poverty rather than unequal levels of prosperity (if you think I’m exaggerating, the IMF inadvertently confirmed Thatcher’s warning by trying to justify a 30 percent reduction in national income if it meant a society would have more equal levels of misery).

Second, it wryly observes that there’s always a rich elite in socialist nations.


The moral of the story is that socialism should be mocked, both in theory and practice.

P.S. I recommend my two-part series (here and here) on the bizarre allure of socialism, though here’s all you really need if you want to understand the economics of that awful ideology.

P.P.S. I shared some pro-socialist humor last year, both because I thought it was somewhat clever but also because it gave me the opportunity to point out that voluntary sharing isn’t socialism.

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