I Just finished a great article by Thomas Sowell about the dishonest “lure” of socialism.
So much more could be, should be said about socialism (ala, the Bernie Sanders socilaist phenomenon), but this little article by Thomas Sowell is a taste of the absurdity of socialism. No mention here (not the goal for this little article), of the ultimate end of socialist utopian schemes as they seek to declare human nature irrelevant—the goal of total control of life enforced from government central authority, and the historic reality of millions exterminated in the name and service of socialism, death meted out for the good of the ruling elites’s vision of what is the “greater good” for “society”. This socialist philosophy is never concerned with history or reality, or liberty, or what might be good for any particular individual (individuals cease to be of any value, unless they serve the vision of those in control). The deceitful if alluring lie of socialism as an attainable earthy utopia, has been subtly and not-so-subtly implanted in the hearts and minds of our vulnerable children for decades now, as socialists have taken control of the public schools specifically (through legislation, the federalization of "education", and through sweeping liberal court rulings and orders), and also via the socialists' dominance of the media and the arts. Control of “education” (indoctrination, actually) has been a specific goal and tool of the socialists to transform our society into something it was never meant to be. Building on the Marxist/atheist/humanist philosophies that gained a following in Europe in the 1800’s, the socialist of today preach (whether explicitly or not), that "God must go” - that we cannot accept that there are inalienable individual rights bestowed on individuals who were created by God, in His image. Under socialism, whether openly admitted or not, we must give up God, and allow government to become our god. And further they say, "Families must go” as well, since families are too difficult for government to fully control, and additionally, that families are inherently “unfair” (socialists always reserve the right to be the only ones who are allowed to define the undefinable, “fairness!”). Since it is obvious even to socialists that good families are good for individual children, that having a good family is an (“unfair”) advantage, the family as we have know it in Western civilization must be destroyed. The complaint by some that socialism produces “the Nanny State”, is not accurate — it’s so much more than just a nanny. Government under socialism claims to be your true family—now your Mother, your Father, as well as your all-seeing Nanny-overseer!. Our nation’s foundational understanding of the value and rightness of government’s treating every individual equally, of not playing favorites because of any group a person may belong to (voluntarily or involuntarily), has now been replaced by government treating you only as a member of a group (rich/poor, black/white, male/female/"other" etc), and declaring for itself the right to discriminate against you in any way it feels is “best for society” (including the right to any portion or all of your money and assets, or even your life if your living is impeding their goals). Under socialism, you have no permanent rights, only temporary “rights” (“privileges”, actually) that government grants you for the moment, as long as your “right” (including your “right to life”) seems to benefit government’s goals at the moment. Can we turn the tide and help the indoctrinated generations see the folly, the lie, the terrible historic and personal danger that is secular humanist socialism? I don’t know - But I will likely die trying...
Blessings always, and God may God bless and restore our precious America.
Ricky Lee Jackson (MD) 

The Lure of Socialism (By Thomas Sowell)

Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches.

Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. Venezuela, with all its rich oil resources, is currently on the verge of economic collapse, after its heady fling with socialism.

But, most of the young have missed all that, and their dumbed-down education is far more likely to present the inspiring rhetoric of socialism than to present its dismal track record.

Socialism is in fact a wonderful vision -- a world of the imagination far better than any place anywhere in the real world, at any time over the thousands of years of recorded history. Even many conservatives would probably prefer to live in such a world, if they thought it was possible.

Who would not want to live in a world where college was free, along with many other things, and where government protected us from the shocks of life and guaranteed our happiness? It would be Disneyland for adults!

Free college of course has an appeal to the young, especially those who have never studied economics. But college cannot possibly be free. It would not be free even if there was no such thing as money.

Consider the costs of just one professor teaching just one course. He or she has probably spent more than 20 years being educated, from kindergarten to the Ph.D., before ending up standing in front of a class and trying to convey some of the knowledge picked up in all those years. That means being fed, clothed and housed all those years, along with other expenses.

All the people who grew the food, manufactured the clothing and built the housing used by this one professor, for at least two decades, had to be compensated for their efforts, or those efforts would not continue. And of course someone has to produce food, clothing and shelter for all the students in this one course, as well as books, computers and other requirements or amenities.

Add up all these costs -- and multiply by a hundred or so -- and you have a rough idea of what going to college costs. Whether these costs are paid by using money in a capitalist economy or by some other mechanism in a feudal economy, a socialist economy, or whatever, there are heavy costs to pay. 

Moreover, under any economic system, those costs are either going to be paid or there are not going to be any colleges. Money is just an artificial device for getting real things done.

Those young people who understand this, whether clearly or vaguely, are not likely to be deterred from wanting socialism. Because what they really want is for somebody else to pay for their decision to go to college.

A market economy is one in which whoever makes a decision is the one who pays for that decision. It forces people to be sure that what they want to do is really worth what it is going to cost.

Even the existing subsidies of college have led many people to go to college who have very little interest in, or benefit from, going to college, except for enjoying the social scene while postponing adult responsibilities for a few years.

Whether judging by test results, by number of hours per week devoted to studying or by on-campus interviews, it is clear that today's college students learn a lot less than college students once did. If college becomes "free," even more people can attend college without bothering to become educated and without acquiring re any economically meaningful skills.

More fundamentally, making all sorts of other things "free" means more of those things being wasted as well. Even worse, it means putting more and more of the decisions that shape our lives into the hands of politicians and bureaucrats who control the purse strings. 

Obamacare has given us a foretaste of what that means in reality, despite how wonderful it may sound in political rhetoric.

Worst of all, government giveaways polarize society into segments, each trying to get what it wants at somebody else's expense, creating mutual bitterness that can tear a society apart. Some seem to blithely assume that "the rich" can be taxed to pay for what they want -- as if "the rich" don't see what is coming and take their wealth elsewhere.

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"He’s the new Joe the Plumber; now there's Rick the Doctor...
Some have joined Tea Parties, stormed town halls, others like family practice physician and country recording artist Ricky Lee Jackson have taken to the microphone... 
he wants his country back." 
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