Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Socialism Sucks Ass

Just spent three hours at dinner arguing with a couple about socialism v capitalism. She is doing a Fulbright in Uruguay and he is her fiancee and came along. He graduated from Stanford, but alas in comparative literature, thus no job...

Anyway I just want to start by saying that socialism is about the worst idea I can imagine. Despite the fact that it has no practical examples of working, people continue to insist it would work. So instead they latch onto countries with moderately socialist policies. And they pick examples like Sweden which have many many things going for them anyway. Yet any time you bring up one of a litany of countries that improved dramatically because of more capitalist policies, the example isn't relevant for one reason or another.

I was polite the entire time, but I couldn't believe some of the things they wanted to happen. They wanted the government to run everything, all the way down to retail stores. This would be an absolute disaster, but somehow an example like the fact that toasters are worse now than 50 years ago means consumers are getting screwed. Maybe when I have more time I'll explain how we actually prefer a lower quality toaster than one that costs 10 times as much. Have you ever seen how much stuff costs at a restaurant supply store?

They kept bringing up a series of but-what-about-this-problem scenarios and my responses were always that the government could address these problems without taking over the industry.

They just went on and on with illogical statements. Legal structures aren't relevant, the government should eliminate money, it goes on.

Just for the good of the country these views can never be mainstream. Make that for the good of the world.

1 Comments:

Blogger Bradley said...

This is exactly why we're friends Ryan. Gosh I wish I could have been there for that conversation. I probably wouldn't have been able to show the restraint you did.

10:53 PM  

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