Socialism: They Don’t Know What It Is, But They Like It

I just had a horrible thought: you could probably crank a hit song out of that, I Don’t Know What It Is, But I Like It.

Here are a bunch of collidge stodents being asked about socialism. They’re all in favor of it, big-time. They also don’t know what it is, and are totally stumped when asked to define or describe it. “If it’s helping people, I’m for it.” Brilliant. Your tuition dollars at work.

Salutes to Campus for producing this video.

College, college, college… hmmm… Hey! I think I know what happened to that Indus Valley civilization! College happened to it.

11 comments on “Socialism: They Don’t Know What It Is, But They Like It

  1. People love to have religious affiliation and the Left are no exception. They believe in their philosophies and, in some cases, quite blindly.

  2. The really scary thing is that these young people are our future leaders. We’re done – fork tender done. Judgment has arrived at our doors.

  3. Socialism, in essence, is giving away other people’s money. The pilgrims in Plymouth tried an experiment with socialism and it failed miserably. Unfortunately, many of these college kids don’t even know basic history.

    Socialism, like Communism, fails because it ignores human nature and takes away incentives. On the other hand, the reasons free markets work so well is because it cooperates with human nature. All it requires is hard work. But as Rush once said, it’s hard to compete with Santa Claus.

  4. I’m beginning to think the only way to advance knowledge is to close the colleges and universities. And I’m only half-joking.

    I retired from college teaching in 2009, just in the nick of time. It was bad then, but it would be impossible now. Even though I was tenured, I’d probably have been fired for cause by now — hate speech, cultural appropriation, microaggressions, crimethink, what have you. Besides, the courses I used to teach (16th and 17th century English literature) have been warped in themselves and swamped by propaganda courses.

    1. A friend of mine in Massachusetts had tenure, but the state college system still managed to get rid of him for his Right to Life activities.

    2. My own take on this is that Western Civilization is beyond the tipping point. Whether this relates to End Times scenarios or not, the whole thing is falling apart. The Education establishment is but one cog, one bit player, but certainly intrinsic to the process.

      Let me give you a small example. Near my home, is a town of a few thousand people. It makes its money mostly from travelers, buying food and fuel, and the winter visitors to several large local RV parks. Recently, the minimum wage was increased and the local sales tax was raised, making for roughly 11% combined sales taxes on non-grocery purchases. Since those changes, several long-standing restaurant businesses have closed. One owner posted that he was barely profitable before the minimum wage increase and now it is no longer worth it to be in business, so he didn’t renew his lease and the building is vacant and for sale, one of many.

      Because sales tax is so high, many people find it worthwhile to defer large purchases until they happen to be in one of the cities nearby, so local businesses, such as a great hardware store, are losing big-ticket sales right and left. The retail picture in town is dismal, at the very best. The problem is, once a consumer has to drive to a different town to get one necessity, they will probably buy everything else they need while on that trip. It’s a vicious downward cycle which could reduce the town to having virtually no retail whatsoever. The geniuses behind the sale tax increase apparently didn’t account for the fact that there are choices available to consumers and they can take their business elsewhere.

      OK, that’s the picture in July, but what happens when the winter visitors start arriving only to find that sales tax has gone through the roof and there are no restaurants in town where they can meet up with old friends over coffee? I’ll tell you exactly what will happen, they will fire up their RVs in search of places which offer more amenities and lower sales tax.

      So, a couple of socialistic notions, put into play in the real world, are choking the life out of one small dot on the map, but I doubt that this is the only place. The effects don’t stop at the local level. When a small town drops into economic collapse the property values tank. People are forced to move in order to find work and foreclosures are likely, putting greater downward pressure on home prices. When a loan defaults and the mortgage lender takes a loss, the effect multiplies and is felt beyond the local economy.

      The problem is, sometimes you lose the means to make a way out. The Great Depression all but destroyed America. Cooperation with the British, before the US entered WW II, stimulated manufacturing in the US and the slow climb out began. I’m not so certain that such a thing will happen again.

    3. Yep!

      I have friends whom point to record highs in the stock market, etc, as sources of optimism, but I’m not so convinced. One has to ascertain where the greatest likelihood of future movement will be. If you climb to the top of an antenna there is greater likelihood of going downward than of going further upward. If stock prices reflected true productivity that would be great, but if they are based solely upon speculation, then the greatest risk is downward.

      I take no pleasure from gloom, but the current economy doesn’t strike me as heading anywhere good. There’s massive, record levels of personal debt and an economy that is based upon services, not production. This isn’t a good combination. We can only take in one another’s laundry for so long before there’s a break.

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