Nicely done and a very good explanation of how wonderful Socialism really is, this should be mandatory viewing in every education facility in Australia from year one, on-wards.
Socialist doctrine:- the redistribution of poverty. Plain & simple.
Winston Churchill: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
In my youth I was a socialist. Like all, well most, youths, I was ignorant and stupid. Shameful as it is to admit, I even campaigned for Gough Whitlam in 1974 and was, for a while, a paid-up member of the ALP. I was an active Unionist. I believed in the “Light on the Hill”.
I think it was Clemenceau who once said that if you’re not a socialist at 20 you don’t have a heart, if you’re still one at 40 you don’t have a brain.
That cartoon is so very close to the truth of some of the things I personally experienced. When I was at University (as a mature age student) there was a bit of a fad for doing group assignments with 4 or 6 people in the group. It soon became apparent that there were many who loved this idea because they didn’t have to do anything and could good get a good mark riding on someone else’s work – which in many cases was mine.
In each residential college there was a shop that was tendered out each year to a student or group of students. It sold confectionery, smokes, pies and sausage rolls , soft drinks and so forth. In the college in which I lived there was a radical, a commo, who got elected to the JRC and insisted that the shop should be run on “socialist” principles rather than allow would-be capitalists to run the show for their own profit. The idea was that college residents would operate the shop on a roster basis, under the direction of a committee, and all the profits would go to the JRC rather than the capitalist system where the shop operator paid rent, did all the ordering and work, and kept the profits over and above that.
There were about 200 residents in the college and each had to do a 4 hour shift for about one night in every 6 weeks – unpaid of course. By June the shop had gone broke. It seemed that few people turned up on their rostered night and those that did paid themselves in cash from the till and goods from the store-room. No rent was paid and no profits were collected. The shop was shut for about a month until a mate of mine, Noxious, put in a bid to run the shop – but at a lower rental than before the great socialist experiment. No-one else wanted it and the JRC had actually lost money because they had bankrolled the initial stock costs – most of which had simply disappeared. Noxious came from a family who owned a string of little supermarkets/convenience stores and knew what he was doing. He made a handy little profit buying what stock remained at about 20c in the dollar, buying stock that would sell, and paying people to stock the shelves and work the cash register.
Socialism is based on a completely false idea about human nature. No-one ever does anything for the common good. People only ever work if there is something in it for them.
I have long held great suspicions about charities that present themselves as being such paragons of virtue run by selfless and altruistic people. My suspicions have been confirmed many times. Who could forget Peter Huxley who was lauded as a Australia’s most charitable man with his leadership involvement in Freedom From Hunger and Unicef while heading up the then Rural Bank of NSW? He ripped them off for millions back in the 70s and ended up doing 20 years for fraud.
I am always very suspicious of anyone who claims to be doing something for the common good, for the oppressed and downtrodden, while they pretend to be motivated only by altruism and selfless love of tehri fellow man.
I explained to my kids a fair while ago that socialism’s failure is built into its most basic and fundamental premise. Namely, that it goes completely against human nature.
Yep, JR: That’s the nub of it. Human nature (what’s in it for me?) will never change. Ever. When lazy do-gooders exist under Socialism for any length of time will come to realise very quickly that it just does not function as promised. Some idiots welcome complete government control over their lives (Centelink etc). Most don’t. This war for the minds of the sheeple will continue while ever the subversives are allowed to fester among us.
One of the great local studies in “socialism” and “communalism” where people worked for the common good were the “communes” established in the 70s. There were quite a few, and a couple that Dr Jim Cairns was heavily involved with. Needless to say, they all turned to shit and on one of Cairns’ the faction fighting ended in murder.
As anyone with a brain could predict, there were those dedicated to the idea and willing to put in long hours – and even more who were more than happy to get their share of the profits without having done any of the work. When the workers left the communes went to weed.
Back around that time I lived in a commune type of arrangement – a group house – where everyone chipped in a certain equal amount for food and grog that would be shared and the rent and utility bills were divided equally. That lasted all of about 3 months as well. It developed that some of the comrades saw no problem drinking all the piss and inviting friends around for parties to eat all the collectively owned food. They’d run fan heaters in their rooms, have the oil heating on high all the time and stand under the shower until the hot water ran out – but only wanted to pay a sixth of the bills – if they paid at all which wasn’t uncommon.
I moved out and started another “group house” with 3 other blokes and the rules were: you bought your own food and piss; you paid your rent on time; no parties; no strangers invited; no room heating; max 5 minute shower; no unauthorised use of anyone else’s possessions under any circumstances. It worked out and we’re still friends to this day … well the ones of us still alive. We’d all had the same experience of being used by people who believed in “equality” and didn’t want to get used again.
Socialism never works; never has and never will. It’s an ideal system for lazy bludgers, losers and thieves and they’ll keep at until there’s nothing left and tehn blame everyone but themselves.
Funny, eh, how the first place you described sounds like the tragedy of the commons, and the second one sounds like Atlas Shrugged. [ wink ]
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