I had the opportunity while distributing propanda for John Stossel to meet a stereotypical “young” socialist and talk to him about his views and beliefs.
He told me that he feels like in our economic troubles (and just in general) that poverty cannot be eliminated and the only answer is socialism.
Then, he reaffirmed me that he was not “socially socialist.” Just economically. By Jove.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people fall into this trap. First off, they’re always worrying about someone other than themselves. Secondly, they believe that the only way to reduce poverty is to make everyone completely equal. Heaven forbid that the government stop giving incentives to big business, making the market fair, making jobs naturally easier and more obtainable. So, let’s end poverty by putting more government regulations on our lives. Progress will slow down. Life will become dull. If you’re an entrepreneurial, forget it.
I asked him, “Hey, say that I want to do something that is Constitutional but does not fall under the socialist law that you want enacted? Say I want to be an individual and reserve my certain rights and act upon them? Then what?”
Of course, he wish washed through answers, but mainly he ended up with an idea that we need to be shackled by the government for the “greater good.”
Also, I asked him why I should not be able to hold on to my hard earned money. I worked for it — I should not be forced to give it away. I will donate to charities at my own will, again, not by force. Again, the greater good would benefit. Greater good? I am my own greater good!
The future is uncertain in America.