SOCIALISM — You Get What You Ask For

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

[2 Thessalonians 3:10]

A Gallup poll released this week reflects a growing trend among Americans to embrace socialism as a viable system of government. Just over 40% of pollsters said that socialism would be good for the country. You can review the details of the survey here.

For some bizarre reason, socialist ideals have become especially appealing to millennials, who represent one of the most demanding generations of consumerism in American history. In other words, the same generation that has grown ever dependent on the fruits of the free market system is now ignorantly lauding socialism as the future hope of liberation in a polarized America. This cultural conundrum and logical inconsistency is simply startling and must be attributed to pure ignorance of understanding classical socialism.

Either young Americans have embraced some redefinition of socialism or have been led to believe that socialism won’t affect them personally. I’m not sure which is worse.

Just consider the raw irony of an American culture in love with socialist ideals. We are talking about the same generation that can flip on the lights, sit in the cool air-conditioning, and drink an endless supply of fresh, clean water. This is the generation that casually streams Spotify, YouTube and trolls social media sites on their $1000 iPhones. We are talking about the same generation that can grab take out from an endless variety of restaurants and enjoy fresh food prepared just the way they like.

We are talking about a generation that can hop in their personal hybrid vehicle, gas up at any filling station, and hit the first Starbucks for a $7 latte. We are talking about the same generation that can get care from the best doctors and hospitals in the world. We are talking about the generation that can order basically anything in the whole world from the comfort of their own couch and have Amazon ship it right to their door.

The irony is that none of these companies would even exist in a socialist economy. All of these private companies are the product of a free, capitalist market that provides incentives for free trade, supply and demand and consumer satisfaction. SnapChat and Starbucks and Wal-Mart and Amazon would never emerge out of a true socialists economy because in a classical socialist government, a free market doesn’t exist. Start-up businesses never happen. New innovative ideas never even form in the human mind because there is no incentive.

Socialism breeds mindless dependency upon the welfare state. Socialism discourages innovation by eliminating the competitive market that fuels it. Socialism destroys all motivation to work hard and better oneself. It eliminates the hopes and dreams of the people to strive for greatness. There are no rags to riches stories in socialism. Only oppression, bondage, and a vicious generational cycle of government dependency and abuse.

One needs to look no further to what is happening right now in Venezuela to see the real face of socialism. Once the richest nation in South America is now a nightmare of civil unrest and social chaos. Basic commodities like water, toilet paper, and fuel are virtually unobtainable. The people are starving. Inflation is astronomical. Money is worthless. Power outages abound. But you can bet the few government elites in power aren’t suffering, just the people who voted for them.

Don’t believe me … just read the following article.

In socialism, you get what you ask for. In America, if we don’t educate, inform and encourage dialogue about these issues, then we could potentially become the next Venezuela.

The Biblical principles found in God’s word promote hard work, personal property and free trade. If a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. These fundamental principles are what have made America the greatest economy in the world, but it only takes one lazy and ignorant generation to ruin it. May that NOT BE our generation.

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