Oh what a treat, a double header. Actually it was my intentions to respond to Hugo Chavez and his miserable vision of a utopia. Now that Bush is running through Latin American countries, the Venezuelan despot is urging violence, mayhem, and all the other stuff the Leftist supposedly are against. Only they aren’t against it when it’s a Leftist doing it.
Here is a story about Hugo spewing more stupidity, this time he argues that capitalism is the road to hell and socialism is heaven here on earth. Let’s take a look at the two, hopefully it won’t take long.
I’ve often heard that socialism is the most perfect system on paper but that it would never work. Well, I agree with the latter part of the statement, but most perfect system ever put on paper? From the very moment that it was conceived in the mind it was doomed to eventually become a dictatorship. Some people want more out of life than others. Some people will work harder than others so they can have more, and they become rich. Some people want nothing out of life, they want to do nothing or just enough to skate by, and they become poor. Most of us don’t want wealth or poverty, we just want to be able to afford the things that makes us happy. Those people become middle class.
Socialism seeks to ensure that all people are equal, but to do so requires a third party to deny the individuality that sets each of us apart. How could one argue that a system is fair when some people eat more than others, or their houses vary because they were built differently? Fairness has to be dictated by a superior force and also make people stay equal. You have to deny the treasures of life, and the rewards of hardwork to keep people equal. You have to deny them freedom because in a free society people rise and fall. In a society where it’s considered unfair to the poor for others to be wealthy, there is no motivation for a person to contribute to society through more production. This leads to the under production of goods, which leads to poverty for all except the guys who control the system. From it’s conception in the mind, socialism was doomed to be ran with an iron fist.
There is no more a perfect economic system than capitalism. In a capitalist system everything is a two way street, from employee-employer relationships to the products we purchase in the supermarket. The employee-employer relationship is a mutual agreement. Every person in a capitalist system is active in both roles. When we are spending our money we are all employers. When we need an oil change, we are the boss. We have the ability to tell somebody else exactly what we want done and if the person wants our money, they will do what we want. On the flipside of that, they have a choice whether or not to accept employment with us. It’s a mutual agreement. They choose to provide a service, we choose to pay for that service.
But I’m sure most of you are thinking of it in terms of your boss and you. Isn’t that a mutual agreement? Whether or not you like your job you are, at the minimum, choosing to be content with what you received in return for your service, whatever it is. If you weren’t, you would have already quit and sought after something else.
Some of you would argue that some people are underpaid. Perhaps that is true, but certain jobs have a demand and if the employer either has too many people willing to do the job or simply cannot afford to pay his employees more. The solution for these so-called underpaid people isn’t to raise minimum wage, it’s for them to seek better training, or work more effectively. They need to lift up their value to society, not to have Government through an arbitrary number out there. No matter how high minimum wage became, it would never be enough to live off of.
We all want to get the best possible bang for our buck, why do we think that an employer would be any different?
We do it when we go to the supermarket. We have thousands of companies spending countless dollars trying to get us to by our product. Trying to convice each of us that their product is the one that will satisfy our needs, wants, or even fantasies. If capitalism was such a road to hell, we wouldn’t have a choice. We’d have to purchase the products that was given to us, not the ones we chose to buy. We have the freedom to choose, and the freedom to be individuals. Some people like Lay’s, some choose Ruffles, and yet others choose Frito’s.
We have so many different channels to choose from, news channels, sports channels, political channels, court channels, golf channels and foreign language channels. We have various types of music, from all over the world. We have different activities to choose from, we have nothing but choices in a capitalist system, and our bargaining chip is money. How we get money depends on how great the service we choose to provide is, how we advertise ourselves, and how often we choose to provide that service. The more we choose to earn money, the more choices we have available to us.
Socialism is somebody else deciding what’s good, fair, and needed for you.
Capitalism is you working with other people, deciding what’s good, fair, and needed for both of you.