As a matter of fact, history
unmistakably shows that “power for the ruling class” in any of its forms According to a recent survey, a majority of Americans say socialism is incompatible with American values, with only 10% of voters in a new poll expressing a positive view of socialism.
That’s welcome news, but it’s rather troubling to see even 10% of those polled with a positive notion of socialism. Regrettably, socialism is trending in America, in part thanks to politicians who once ran from the term, but are now embracing it for short-term political gains.
Making a strong case that “America will never be a socialist country-ever,” President Donald Trump offered an effective rebuke to the trending socialist ideas.
“Socialism is not about the environment. It’s not about justice. It’s not about virtue,” Trump said. “Socialism is about only one thing. It’s called ‘power for the ruling class.’ That’s what it is.”
As a matter of fact, history
unmistakably shows that “power for the ruling class” in any of its forms has
never really worked anywhere. Everywhere it has been tried, socialism has
It’s a cautionary tale that
should be taught to every new generation. Socialism is a failed economic
arrangement. In many cases, socialists have ended up being forced to adopt capitalist
measures for their survival.
Take China, for example.
In the late 1970s, Deng
Xiaoping abandoned the rigid excesses of Maoist socialist thought and adopted a
form of communism with “Chinese characteristics” that was more capitalist than socialist
in several ways.
Deng, however, still ensured
the Communist Party’s control of any new homeland enterprise or foreign
investment, much to China’s detriment over the years.
It’s also notable that many on the left claim that Sweden is proof that socialism works, trying to paint the country as a good “socialist” country-in contrast to bad socialist nations, such as �Cuba and Venezuela.
However, the fact is that Sweden has always had a vibrant private sector. It might be accurate to say that Sweden has overcome its socialist impulses. In recent years, Sweden has been privatizing socialized sectors, such as education and health care; cutting tax rates; and making welfare less generous.
Even though tax rates and government spending remain comparatively high, open-market policies generate the revenue to support the spending. The proof of the Nordic country’s commitment to an open-market economy includes the fact that Sweden ranked No. 19 worldwide in The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Index of Economic Freedom.
As Heritage’s index has documented over the past 25 years, free-market capitalism has done more to lift the world out of poverty than any other economic system ever devised.
People today enjoy longer
lives, significantly better health, and a level of living standards that would
have been unimaginable just a few generations ago.
Those blessings have not
arisen from the beneficence of some good king or a benign technocracy of
experts under socialism, but rather from the efforts of an ever-growing number
of individuals who have enjoyed the fundamental freedom to decide for
themselves how to live their lives.
The real magic of the market
is that countless individuals, empowered by exercising the freedom to pursue
their own goals and ambitions, have made possible previously inconceivable
heights of economic development that benefit us all.
Our free-market capitalism
does not, of course, guarantee happiness and success, but it does enable the
quest for them. It is this freedom to pursue a self-determined, better life
that brings real meaning to the lives of individuals and collective benefits to
Indeed, as Kay Coles James, president of The Heritage Foundation, noted in her recent commentary, “We who cherish freedom must take on the false prophets of socialism and spread the truth that limited government, free markets, and a nation based on the rule of law are the surest ways to ensure freedom, prosperity, and opportunity for all.”
Those are words of wisdom for
those who will listen. The allure of socialism is a mirage that each new
generation will be tempted to run toward-unless they are told the truth about socialism’s
legacy of failure.