No doubt, those who favor a global world view would see socialism or outright communism as the best platform to exert both power and control over the global community—it would be like one government collecting all the resources, assets, taxes, and so forth and dispensing them to the people based on their needs. At every turn, the government (and those who run it) would be deciding who got what. Behind the veil of equality, fairness, and compassion, of course, would be the face of greed and corruption—sins that would not die with the death of capitalism.
I have to give kudos to the individuals and institutions that are placing these thoughts in the minds of the young people of our world. They have managed to sell a completely illogical concept as a perfect solution for the woes of the world. On top of that, they have managed to sell it as lily-white purity with no flaws or unexpected outcomes. Why are the youth so hungry and willing to embrace illogical concepts that undoubtedly lead to illogical conclusions?
In the minds of the idealistic young, capitalism is responsible for greed, selfishness, crime, and violence. They believe that capitalistic greed caused slavery, unaware that slavery existed long before capitalism did. Much of America’s leaning toward a capitalistic economic theory came from our forbearers’ reaction to England’s unending demands for money to fund their wars in Europe and their heavy hand at governing. Slavery was common hundreds of years prior to that time in history so capitalism is certainly not the “mother of slavery.”
No doubt, the United States of America has enjoyed a thriving economy for much of its history and this is due in great part to the concept of capitalism. Capitalism provides for “individual ownership” and also fits flush with the concept of individual liberty—a rare characteristic in much of the rest of the world. The death of capitalism would be the death of the USA as the people of this country have known it since its inception. Of course, the wish to destroy capitalism begs the question, “What is an alternative that would serve us better?” Our young might say socialism or communism (and so might Bernie Sanders), but how many times can we point to the misery of countries suffering under those systems? North Korea. Cuba. China.
Once upon a time, those who achieved success and wealth were looked upon with admiration. Now, wealth is too often looked at as evil, and those achieving it thus are evil by association—at least some of them. President Donald Trump is a wealthy man—likely the wealthiest to ever hold the presidency, but he is disliked largely on the basis his political leanings. After all, do you ever hear anyone on the Left speak ill of billionaire Warren Buffett? Buffett is a Democrat and no evil is associated with his wealth because he has the correct political affiliation. The same can be said of many in Hollywood who earn wealth and fame. But, if they are not leaning to the Left, then they are evil. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is among the richest one-percent in the nation, yet because of her liberal bent, she has a license to point her finger at Americans and shame them for their desire to achieve success. By the way, there is a word for that: hypocrite.
Today’s younger generations in the USA have lived a lifestyle that is the envy of much of the rest of the world. Coming to America and enjoying all the experiences one can thanks to our economic system is the dream of many who live elsewhere. Some risk death and breaking our immigration laws to have that experience. Do people risk either to get into China or Russia? What drives those desires? The answer is an easy one: it is our freedoms, our culture, and our capitalism-driven economy. Our younger generations would do well to embrace capitalism, girded as it is by the individualism they so love. After all, capitalism recognizes the individual over the collective and rewards his incentive by allowing him to own things and keep (after too many taxes, unfortunately) what he earns. They would do well to nurture the economic system that allows them to live in comparative ease rather than buy into the utopian lie that is socialism or communism—unlike both of those misguided political philosophies, under capitalism, opportunity isn’t determined by ruling class—opportunity is available to everyone; likewise, suffering isn't determined by class either but can, and often is, the impetus to create a better destiny.
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