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The Socialist Myth

We judge ourselves by our best intentions and the others by their worst examples. (George W Bush)  Reform is seductive because the faults of the status quo are visible and real and the faults of reform are theoretical, obscure and often counter intuitive until the historians survey the wreckage years into the future.

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Handcuffing the Invisible Hand

Advocates of single payer and free benefits prove to be ignorant of the price system, profit, productivity and how they function.  While they claim to allocate resources better than the ‘greed’ of the market (a claim easy to totally refute), they are clueless on how the wealth is generated in the first place.

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The Clipboard Tyrant

“Humans make hierarchies of status and privilege for themselves whenever the opportunity avails itself. This is why all socialist systems that do not work within the constraints of a liberal democratic framework of the rule of law inevitably descend into tyrannies. Give the state unbridled power, and the denizens of the state will use that power toward their own ends.”

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Political Gangsters

“When you hand power over to planners, technocrats, or commissars to substitute their judgement for the rule of law, you are behaving like an outlaw, because you are literally outside the law.”

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The Progressive Inception

Clarity in words and thoughts decay over time.  When opposing views retain respect for the same words and principles, those ideas become ripe for interpretation, transposed to meet our current personal and political objectives as much as we may profess fidelity to its conception.

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The One Word Solution

Socialism is the Left’s Version of Libertarianism

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Venezuela Meets Hayek

But repression on the Venezuelan model is not extraneous to socialism — it is baked into the socialist cake. Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro (and Castro!), Chàvez, Maduro, Honecker, Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, the Kim dynasty, Shining Path: No ideology is that unlucky. “

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Progressive Individualism

“To curb the forces in business which would destroy equality of opportunity and yet to maintain the initiative and creative faculties of our people are the twin objects we must attain.”

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Hayek Predicts Venezuela

Kevin Williamson makes an interesting distinction between the welfare state and socialism. from National Review, Camino de Servidumbre There are two ways of thinking about economics: Many progressives (and many right-wing populists) believe that economics is less of a science…

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Selective Progressivism

From The Weekly Standard, The Roots of Campus Leftism by Warren Treadgold “Progressivism,” the term campus leftists seem to like best, is not very helpful for defining the ideology’s intellectual content. Just about all of us favor what we consider…

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Welfare Institutions

Kevin Williamson is probably excerpted or curated at Rebel Yid more than any other writer.  In this piece that should be read in full he notes the critical but rarely sited distinction between the welfare state and socialism. In this…

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Distinguishing Welfare from Socialism

Political terms evolve and Kevin Williamson makes an rare but important distinction. Providing for the poor from the public sector is not not synonymous with socialism.  Socialism is more about government control of the economy than mere redistribution. from Venezuela…

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Bernie’s Road to Serfdom

from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal, What’s Socialism, Dad? When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died in 2013, an obscure U.K. parliamentarian tweeted, “Thanks Hugo Chavez for showing that the poor matter and wealth can be shared. He made massive contributions…

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Lurch Toward Socialism

from Millennials heed the siren call of socialism by Joel Kotkin at Orange County Register The biggest and most important development has been the massive support among the new generation of voters for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his open embrace…

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Smothered in Quasi-Socialism

from Mona Charen at National Review, How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party The idea that “the rich” sit permanently atop a pyramid of worker drones is false. Consider the companies that were once ubiquitous but are now…

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The Anti-Math Party

from Mona Charen at National Review, How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party No problem, the self-described socialist counters, he will raise the money by taxing the “greedy one percent.” The problem is — arithmetic. The top one…

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Democrats Shift a Hard Left

Bernie Sanders has opened a wound for the soul of the Democratic Party. Instead of socialism being an extreme wing of the Democratic Party it has become the center and the players have to define themselves based on that belief.…

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Santa Claus with a Brooklyn Accent

from Mona Charen at National Review, How Bernie Sanders Became the Conscience of the Democratic Party “Socialist” was once an epithet in American politics, but the Obama years may have effected a change. Fully 25 percent of Americans, Pew reported…

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Similarities Between Nazis and Commies

From The Telegraph, Leftists become incandescent when reminded of the socialist roots of Nazism by Daniel Hannan Marx’s error, Hitler believed, had been to foster class war instead of national unity – to set workers against industrialists instead of conscripting…

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A Distinction without a Difference

From The Wall Street Journal The Democrats’ Socialist Surge by Jason Riley: excerpt: If the Democratic Party once felt the need to distinguish itself from socialism, that no longer seems to be the case. When Mr. Sanders entered Congress in…

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