Proving Socialism is Bad: Geographically

In this post, we proved that Socialism is bad, using logic and mathematics. Now we do the same thing… using Geography.

You know the “there are two types of …” images? There are two kinds of people… those who do x and those who don’t do x. Something like: There are two kinds of people: Those who eat baked beans (the x), and those who don’t. And, of course, there are two such kinds of people.

These little assertions are always true, because as long as you’ve defined thing x well, then there are always those who do thing x and those who don’t. Those who are thing x, and those who aren’t. Those who like, eat, believe, want, hope for, lust after, remember, visit, taste, see, hear… do thing x, and those who… don’t.

The point of such exercises is always to make a deeper, more significant point about the two different populations, using the stated difference as a component of the argument. And we’re kind of going to do roughly the same thing here, only with a bit of a twist:

The world is divided into two parts:

  • One part — Let’s call it Part A — is characterized by prosperity, relative freedom, the rule of law, economic, social and political mobility and opportunity to better your lot in life… dramatically.
  • The other part, Part B, is overrun with squalor, disease, hunger, oppression, corruption, violence at all levels, political, economic and social insecurity and, short of ridiculous corruption, no real way to improve your circumstances or your (often abysmal) quality of life.

  • In Part A, people spend a good deal of their time planning for a future they have good reason to believe will be better than today, and today’s not all that bad.
  • In Part B, the people wonder where their next meal is coming from, and whether they’ll be alive tomorrow. There’s no planning for the future, because the only future they see is bleaker than today, and today’s really bad.

  • In Part A, the governments turn over regularly. Governmental philosophies and beliefs are tested regularly.
  • In Part B, the same strongman will run the country for 10, 15, 20, 30, sometimes 50 years, without interruption, building an unimaginable personal fortune, and lavishing wealth and power on his family, friends and henchmen.

  • In Part A, the poorest of the poor can become among the wealthiest, most powerful people on earth. It’s rare, but it happens. Furthermore, it happens in an incredibly wide variety of ways, be it by riding new technologies to astonishing heights, or exploiting creative talent to achieve wealth and fame in the arts, or by harnessing charisma, charm and “people skills” to rise from obscurity and become the most powerful man in the world.
  • In Part B, a minuscule, nearly immeasurably tiny minority of incomprehensibly wealthy, powerful people become incomprehensibly wealthier and more powerful… all while the rest of the country becomes poorer, more deeply enmired in despair, more hopeless, ever more powerless.

  • Part A has — universally — an economic system called “free market Capitalism.” This astonishing, revolutionary, never-before-seen system’s most prominent feature is a limitless (<– key word) capacity to produce wealth and economic dynamism. However, there’s a big part of free market capitalism that strikes fear into the hearts of the people: risk. In free market capitalism, you can, and many do… fail. Such failure can leave them destitute, but the countries of Part A all have something called a “social safety net.” It’s a set of programs, agencies and institutions that make it so that if you fail, you don’t ever fall too far.
  • Part B has — universally — an economic system called “Socialism.” This particular system has, kind of, the same guarantee that free market Capitalism has: no one is allowed to go too  far below a certain point… by guaranteeing that no one gets above a certain point. To do this, the governments of Socialist countries ensure that their peoples have very little wealth, no prosperity, no hope for advancement, no progress, no chance of having a better life in the future. In Socialism’s apotheosis, this day, no matter how good or bad, is the best day, and the worst day, of the rest of your life.

  • Part A guarantees that at least some people, maybe even most, will live good lives, while some will not.
  • Part B guarantees that all people live in poverty, insecurity, violence, abuse and despair.

As mentioned above, the planet can be divided into two parts: one in which the people live generally good lives. This is the Capitalist part of our planet.

The vast majority of the other part of the planet lives generally hard, miserable lives, and is universally governed by Socialists.

You can tell — and you’ll never get it wrong — what quality of life a country has by the type of economic system in control there.

  • Good quality of life = Capitalist country. Always.
  • Lousy quality of life = Socialist country. Always.
  • Real progress in all the important aspects of life? Capitalist country. Always.
  • Backward, regressive, stagnation in all the important aspects of life? Socialist country. Always.

Socialism is bad. Really bad. Always.

— xPraetorius

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