"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams

the Misanthropic Humanist:


05 April 2009

Short: The Cost of Socialism

Socialism always appeals to the dim and uneducated because they cannot see the cost. What is lost through socialist policies is opportunity. The food that wasn't purchased, the business that wasn't started, the investments that never happened: these are the costs of socialism. When your taxes are taken from you and used to pay rent for somebody else, the cost is not only what you did not get to buy, but what you did not get to create. And if your money had not been taken would the rent you supplied go unpaid and the tenant put out on the street? Maybe. Or maybe, if there was no other option available, he would work to keep his home, feed his kids, and live his life. In the process, he would inadvertently create his own wealth and send it on down the line. He would be teach his children to do the same. ALL of that is lost in redistribution. ALL of that is the cost of socialism. Capitalism isn't politics, it's math.

1 comment:

  1. "Unfortunately, you can't measure "lost opportunities". You can measure unemployment which under socialism would be near 100%. You can measure income disparity which under socialism would be near zero. You can measure health care coverage which under socialism would be universal. How do you explain to someone that free health care isn't really free when he is at the receiving end of it?"