Half of Democrats and a Quarter of Republicans Approve SocialismSubmitted by Paulreal on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 19:50
That's what a recent Gallop poll reveals.
A recent Pew poll showed that more than half of people aged 18-29 had a favorable view of socialism. http://www.dailypaul.com/261434/americans-aged-18-29-have-a-...
What is the appeal of socialism?
The concept of socialism appeals on a very base level- one that doesn't require much economic thought.
Socialism appeals to the concept of fairness almost on a primal level-Get the government to force people to hand over their money for the common good.
For the socialist no understanding that personal and economic liberty are intertwined is required. http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/indivisible-liberty-pe...
No understanding of how wealth is created is needed. For the socialist, just an understanding that some one else has what you don't have and you can petition the government to get it is the theme.
Concepts of government corruption, cronyism, waste, fraud and abuse are easily dismissed by the socialist-better to let such a government have the money than some rich dude.
The socialist utopia is paid for via taxing and spending and in its more recent incarnation of printing (by the Federal Reserve) and spending.
"Who to tax?" the socialist asks. "the rich, of course" Why? "because they can afford it!"
The rich can also afford to burn one dollar bills in their fire places, toss money out of windows, save it, spend it, or invest it.
The socialist decides that they know best what the rich should do with their money-turn it over to the government.
Socialists brim with envy-See Ron Paul's Liberty Defined on Envy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAIyc6NXV0A
Socialsts would rather live in a country where the top earners make $40,000 and the poorest $10,000, vs. a society where the top earners make millions and the poorest make $25,000 because it fairer.
Socialist fail to recognize that the more rich people a free market society has, the richer all of its citizens are -its an indication of a society producing an abundance of goods and services at a decent price.
Wealth disparity is a red herring.
The poorest in America are wealthier than the vast majority of the people living in abject "fair" poverty in Communist Cuba.
I could go on but let's hear what you have to say.
Or read what Mises has to say in the Anti-Capitalist Mentality or Socialism
or what Frank Chodorov has to say in Income Tax: The Root of all Evil