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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/13332/the-writing-on-the-berlin-wall-pictures-of-the-socialistic-future/

The Writing on the Berlin Wall: Pictures of the Socialistic Future

July 20, 2010 by

Setting your entire production structure on the whims and fancies of bureaucrats and politicians, based upon central-planning diktat rather than local voluntary money prices, quickly leads to economic chaos. FULL ARTICLE by Andy Duncan


Gary Hall July 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

Nice to read an article on Mises from an English perspective. However, the comments on Norton and Ross were a little subjective – there are many disagreeable entertainers over on ITV and Ch4 seems to make a habit of producing glassy-eyed clothes-horses. The difference being, of course, that we choose to fund the latter pairing (and others). I think my realization of the TV ‘license’ as a tax helped me on the path to anarchy. The propaganda was so Orwellian that it angered me into action.

As for the NHS, it seems to be sacrosanct. Every new government tries to implement a new resuscitation: blindly rearranging the administration in order to yield ‘some sort’ of benefit to efficiency. Every time they fail and the NHS grows into a larger and larger economic cancer. No politicians ever talk of privatizing either the BBC or the NHS, typically appealing to tradition for the former (the BBC is the cornerstone of British life) and emotion for the latter (who will look after the old and infirm without the NHS?)Of course, BBC news sees no irony in referring to ‘state television’ when trying to denigrate the official party line in some foreign land.

With the US administration now vindicating the NHS, the case seems closed as to questioning its legitimacy.

Deefburger July 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

To say that socialism hasn’t been done right “yet”, is to illustrate the same kind of wishful thinking a gambler uses to keep betting. He just hasn’t gotten it right “yet”. It’s the same thinking. It’s the wishing for prosperity at nominal cost, as though the universe will magically, eventually, allow something for nothing to work.

And to degrade general human nature to greed and envy, and other sinful behaviors is to regard humanity as a whole incapable of greater good. To then step up to the plate and claim that you or you and your army of socialist goodly thinkers can fix all of that is ridiculous. That’s another one of those oldest tricks in the book sort of things. Tell the natives how base and backwards they are and then offer to “help” them out of their sins with your own brand of moral and economic fortitude, whatever that might be.

As long as humanity as a whole continues to believe in their own sinfulness more than their own ability and good nature, we will continue to fall prey to those who don’t really give a damn about us but claim to have the answer to all our problems. We will continue to give up on our selves and rely instead upon the “good nature” of our tyrants to do what is best for us. We will continue to be bull-pooped into obscurity, slavery and starvation.

Trust in ones self is the only way out of this mess. The more we trust in ourselves, the less we believe we are flawed. The more of us who believe in ourselves, the stronger the free-market becomes. The free-market is only weekend by general distrust in the human populous, which leads us to trust some ONE else, and eventual tyranny. Socialism of all sorts and kinds requires a benevolent dictator to make the decisions, elected or not. The world has never, ever seen a true benevolent dictator. It is a search that will never be right, not even “yet”. There is no jackpot socialist system to find. The answer to the problem of humanity is to be human and believe in yourself and the other humans around you, all of them, not just a select few “leaders” or “benevolent dictators”. The answer is to trust in those around you and trade and organize freely with them to accomplish common goals, not give in to enslavement because you believe you are not worthy or capable of making your own decisions.

Socialist are either the laziest greediest people, or the most power hungry of despicable liars. They are never your friend, they only want to be your master, for your own good.

fundamentalist July 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Of course, socialists get around the problem of scarcity by denying it. This is the real heart of socialism. One such socialist is Jim Wallis of Sojourners who encourages his zombies to abandon the “gospel of scarcity” taught by modern economics and embrace the “gospel of abundance.”

Karlos July 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm

When the U.S. adopted the policy that you needed a passport to visit Mexico or Canada, I felt that we had been locked in to our own country. A form of restricted emigration.

Patrick Barron July 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Socialist advocates always remind me of Australian Aboriginals. The Aboriginals have been “maintained” for decades by the Australian government. The Aboriginals see their “loot” extracted from wharehouses and believe that the wharehouse has an infinite amoung of goodies within. So occasionally there is a raid on the wharehouses, because the Aboriginals believe that the government is holding back goodies to which the Aboriginals have claim. But Aboriginals raid the wharehouse once, deplete it, and wonder why it is not restocked. Socialism is a similar policy of capital consumption. The have-nots are envious of the haves, so they devise wealth transfer plans. But, the wharehouses cannot be refilled so easily–this is why socialims fails. It forces society to a lower level of production, sometimes the lowest level of all: subsistance living off the land.

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