It only breaks bodies, checkbooks . . . and hearts
After undertaking a subject that has yielded the same conclusion many times over — socialism eventually is a destructive rather than positive force — classicist Victor Davis Hanson, with usual panache at the end of a recent column, chillingly chided the young people who are so enamored with the ghastly -ism that they are actually endorsing its wretched tenets. This is how Dr. Hanson concluded his Nov. 7 commentary:
“Regrettably, sometimes the naive and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the-sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality . . . And unfortunately, when socialists gain power, they don’t destroy just themselves. They usually take everyone else down with them as well.”
Dr. Hanson is not just stating the obvious or limiting his discussion to the extremes, and extremists, of statism, socialism, Marxist-Leninism, or outright Communism — i.e., the Stalins, Maos, Kims, Castros, and Chavezes of the world — but also the “(t)he soft-socialist European Union countries [that] are stagnant and mostly dependent on the U.S. military for their protection.”
Hence, a few questions: Given the obvious comparisons to the better — far to the better — that their nation, due to deregulation, tax cuts, and record energy production, boasts the strongest economy in the world, why do the likes of Democratic presidential candidates, Lizzie Warren and Bernie Sanders in particular, embrace this killer (or eventually incompetent) philosophy so warmly? Because this time, they think socialism will defy the odds and actually work? And, finally, why are many Americans willing to take this flyer along with them?
Dr. Hanson, clear-eyed as usual, admits there are many “catalysts” for the “new socialism.” He sums up the lingering, or re-emergent, infatuation this way:
“Add up a lost generation of woke and broke college graduates, waves of impoverished immigrants without much knowledge of American economic traditions, wealthy advocates of boutique socialism, and asleep-at-the-wheel Republicans, and it becomes clear why historically destructive socialism is suddenly seen as cool.”
Cool, perhaps at first blush. But then, as the old saying goes, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”
And what they will not see, in this case, is that socialism, with its ridiculous, soul- and freedom-sapping redistributionist mentality and schemes, is an abject loser. And, in time, will make losers of all of us.