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Mar 25 2016

America’s Rejected Socialist Origins

The socialism of Bernie Sanders and protectionist mercantilism of Donald Trump are hardly new concepts to America. Both were rejected early in our history, as historian Larry Schweikart recounts:

Economic freedom works better than coercion. It isn’t just theory; it’s historical fact.

On a tip from Torcer.



85 Responses to “America’s Rejected Socialist Origins”

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  2. no to free trade says:

    given a choice of getting rid of jobs or getting rid of free traders guess which america would get rid of.

  3. no to free trade says:

    given a choice of getting rid of jobs or getting rid of free traders guess which america would get rid of.

  4. Occam's Stubble says:

    If the choice was shedding a few jobs or living under the constant threat of war, I wonder what choice they’d make.

  5. Occam's Stubble says:

    If the choice was shedding a few jobs or living under the constant threat of war, I wonder what choice they’d make.

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  7. Beau Toxx says:

    You idiot, countries like China, Japan, and India over produce beyond demand to drive their unit costs down, sell their inventory at a profit and the excess inventory they dump in the U.S. driving domestic industries out of business. Another trick is to devalue their currency. This has been going on for years. What do you think happened to the steel, automobile and electronics industries. Get educated!

  8. Dr. John Charles says:

    You idiot, countries like China, Japan, and India over produce beyond demand to drive their unit costs down, sell their inventory at a profit and the excess inventory they dump in the U.S. driving domestic industries out of business. Another trick is to devalue their currency. This has been going on for years. What do you think happened to the steel, automobile and electronics industries. Get educated!

  9. Torcer says:

    “A society based on the freedom to choose is better than a society based on the principles of socialism, communism and coercion.” – Milton Friedman

  10. Torcer says:

    In certain basic respects – a totalitarian state structure, a single party, a leader, a secret police, a hatred of political, cultural and intellectual freedom – fascism and communism are clearly more like each other than they are like anything in between. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Associate Professor of History at Harvard New York Times Magazine, Sunday, April 4, 1948

  11. Torcer says:

    “Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.” Marko Kloos Why the gun is civilization

  12. Torcer says:

    “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” James Madison

  13. Torcer says:

    “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name- liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.”
    Abraham Lincoln
    Source:April 18, 1864 – Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland

  14. Torcer says:

    “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey, he is obligated to do so.” – Thomas Jefferson

  15. Torcer says:

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only
    exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves
    largess out of the public treasury.”
    Alexander Tytler

  16. Torcer says:

    Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. – Thomas Sowell

  17. Torcer says:

    Though not in substance, yet in form, the struggle of the proletariat with the bourgeoisie is at first a national struggle. The proletariat of each country must, of course, first of all settle matters with its own bourgeoisie.

    Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
    II. BOURGEOIS AND PROLETARIANS Page 22.
    http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-tools/the-communist-manifesto-original-text-t3022.html

  18. Torcer says:

    “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
    Karl Marx

  19. Torcer says:

    Nov. 25 2014
    The People’s Republic of Plymouth
    The strange and persistent right-wing myth that Thanksgiving celebrates the pilgrims’ triumph over socialism.
    This Thursday, Americans will gather together for an evening of family, food, football, and arguing with the relatives about politics. And why shouldn’t that argument extend to the meaning of the holiday itself?

    One could argue that the idea of celebrating a rare moment of friendship between America’s early European settlers and its native inhabitants is marred somewhat by the centuries of bloodshed that followed. Yes, Americans of a conservative bent might dismiss this as mere P.C. revisionism. But the right has its own version of Thanksgiving revisionist history—the idea that the holiday is a celebration of the pilgrims’ abandonment of socialism in favor of free enterprise.

    The storyline goes like this: The early settlers at Plymouth at first experimented with a system of collective ownership of farmland, which, as with their compatriots at Jamestown, led to widespread famine. When they eventually abandoned this system in favor of private ownership, farmers were more productive, the harvest was bountiful, and a feast was held in celebration. Pass the stuffing!
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    This tale has its roots in the Cold War. “Let us be thankful for this valued lesson from our Fathers—and yield not to the temptations of socialism,” advised a 1968 column by the popular midcentury conservative newspaper columnist Henry Hazlitt.

    The notion of Thanksgiving as an anti-socialist parable has been given new life with the rise of the Tea Party, with versions of it reappearing on conservative and libertarian blogs and newspaper op-ed pages every year around this time. “The Pilgrims tried ‘it takes a village’ socialism and almost starved,” remarks a column in Sunday’s Salem (Ohio) News, for instance. A 1999 version of the story published by the Mises Institute, a free-market think tank, is a popular email forward. Fox News’ John Stossel is also fond of the tale, as is George Will. Not surprisingly, the leading exponent of the theory may be Rush Limbaugh, who repeats the “true” story of Thanksgiving every year around this time on his radio show. “Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work!” he told his listeners last year.

    The idea, which has the twin virtues of reaffirming the wisdom of the free-market system and discounting the modern multiculturalist notion that the pilgrims succeeded with the help of Native Americans, is rooted in historical accounts. It has some flaws, though.

    As Kate Zernike of the New York Times pointed out in 2010, the timeline doesn’t quite work.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/weekinreview/21zernike.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621. The system of collective ownership known as the “common course” was abandoned in 1623. And it was abandoned not because of famine but because the settlers wanted to make more money. As for Jamestown, their biggest problems were drought and malaria, not socialism.

    It is true that the Plymouth settlers abandoned a system of common ownership in favor of private property, and found it much more to their liking. In his memoirs, William Bradford, the colony’s first governor, writes that the communal lifestyle was “found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment … [f]or the Young men, that were most able and fit for labour and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense.” After every family was assigned its own parcel of land to farm, “this had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.”

    This all sounds very Randian, but the story is not quite the free-market folktale that its boosters would have you believe.

    Communal farming arrangements were common in the pilgrims’ day. Many of the towns they came from in England were run according to the “open-field” system, in which the land holdings of a manor are divided into strips to be harvested by tenant farmers. As Nick Bunker writes in 2010’s Making Haste From Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World, “Open field farming was not some kind of communism. All the villagers were tenants of the landlord.”

    There was no local baron in Plymouth, but it was a commercial project as much as a religious one, and the colonists still had to answer to their investors back in England. It was this, not socialist ideals, that accounted for the common course. Bunker writes, “Far from being a commune, the Mayflower was a common stock: the very words employed in the contract. All the land in the Plymouth Colony, its houses, its tools, and its trading profits (if they appeared) were to belong to a joint-stock company owned by the shareholders as a whole.”

    He continues: “Under the terms of the contract … for the first seven years no individual settler could own a plot of land. To ensure that each farmer received his fair share of good or bad land, the slices were rotated each year, but this was counterproductive. Nobody had any reason to put in extra hours and effort to improve a plot if next season another family received the benefit.”

    The pilgrims’ transition—which, again, happened after the first Thanksgiving—can indeed be used to illustrate the benefits of individualism or the tragedy of the commons. But the Rush Limbaugh crowd should note that the settlers at Plymouth were rebelling against the rules set by a corporation, not against the strictures of some Stalinist collective farm or a hippie commune.

    “I mean, is Halliburton a socialist scheme?” New York University historian Karen Kupperman said in Zernike’s story. Yeah, this is also a bit of a stretch—Halliburton oil engineers aren’t rotated around to different drilling sites and compensated based on the last group’s productivity. In the end, no matter which side of the political spectrum you fall on, it’s a questionable enterprise to draw lessons about contemporary politics from early-17th-century agricultural practices. But hey, it’s a free country. Everyone has a right to a Thanksgiving parable of their very own.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2014/11/thanksgiving_socialism_the_strange_and_persistent_right_wing_myth_that_thanksgiving.html

  20. Torcer says:

    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.“
    Ronald Reagan

  21. Torcer says:

    4:28
    What Is Socialism?
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=OBYmeLBWjeI
    NowThis

    Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml What do Scandinavia, Bernie Sanders, and the Soviet Union have in common? Arguably the …
    CC

  22. Torcer says:

    Yes, Hitler was a Liberal Socialist… | Louder With Crowder
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=VybWkpt_3Jo
    Published on Feb 3, 2016

    A favorite tactic employed by leftists is to describe the Nazis as “right wing,” with of course, Adolf Hitler as their leader. Rewriting history is pretty common for leftists, but thanks to this nifty thing called “history” in combination with “the internet,” we can bust this myth once and for all…

    Sources? You got it. http://louderwithcrowder.com/myth-bus

    More at http://louderwithcrowder.com

  23. Torcer says:

    Why “Democratic” Socialism Doesn’t Work
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=-XgdtHewGR0
    StevenCrowder
    “Democratic” Socialism. What is it really? And does it even work. Read more at http://LouderWithCrowder.com including all ..

  24. Torcer says:

    The Bloody History of Communism English part I
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=dItlDV86HHs
    14nationalist88
    =================================
    35:11
    1_3 The Bloody History of Communism – Communist Crimes
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=M5lNNSWozrw
    12yyyy
    ==============================
    Bloody History Of Communism Part 1
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=N0YSWCScQPg
    Himmler45SS
    Communism was the bloodiest ideology that caused more than 120 million innocent deaths in the 20th century. It was a nightmare …
    ===========================================
    The Bloody History of Communism (1 of 14)
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=tIeics8jHUY
    theunfuckable

    Communism was the bloodiest ideology that caused more than 120 million innocent deaths in the 20th century. It was a nightmare …
    ============================================================
    The Bloody History of Communism- and cultural marxism (Complete edition)
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=hrjVqUTy2SI
    George Icarus
    THIS IS NOT A CHRISTIAN ANTI-COMMUNISM, JEWISH, SATANISM, SEMITE DOCUMENTARY OF PROPAGANDA!
    ===================================================
    The Bloody History of Communism Full
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=3pzMHD0F4yQ
    Chris Smith

    Communism was the bloodiest ideology that caused more than 120 million innocent deaths in the 20th century. It was a nightmare … 5 years ago346,700 views

  25. Torcer says:

    The Bloody History of Communism Full
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=3pzMHD0F4yQ
    Chris Smith

    Communism was the bloodiest ideology that caused more than 120 million innocent deaths in the 20th century. It was a nightmare …
    ———————————————————
    45:43

    Documentary: Communism Revealed [FULL]
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=1_ZMK2AsuAQ
    ExScholar

    Marxism–Leninism was the cornerstone of Soviet ideology. It explained and legitimized the CPSU’s right to rule while explaining …
    ——————————————

  26. Torcer says:

    Jonah Goldberg – Liberal Fascism
    https://www.youtube(dot)com/watch?v=eYTrvutFsoE
    TJ Singh टी.जे. सिंह
    Jonah Goldberg talked about his book Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of …

  27. Torcer says:

    John Stossel – Students and Socialism
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=PD0eIzgtBiw
    LibertyPen

    From the Students for Liberty conference, Emily Ekins (CATO Institute) explains the current trend of college students toward …
    ==============================

    Sanders Supporters Explain Socialism….Poorly
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=7qrK-MBzvzE
    Dan Joseph

    ===============

    CNN Reporter Asks Bernie Sanders Supporters to Define ‘Socialism’
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=RqAm2BG_Ouk
    TheBlazeNow

  28. Torcer says:

    52:30

    Communism History of an Illusion
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=vas2sBFq19A
    Dan Oniciuc

    ==============

    People’s Century – Red Flag of Communism
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=J1NsNhUAAWY&list=PLNQmW1J8R-nM6BFFwaftnoM-pGhGlaScm
    Leslie Schaffer

  29. Torcer says:

    The Communist Manifesto – FULL Audio Book – by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=PdYLRTGmQ3c
    Greatest AudioBooks

    The Communist Manifesto – FULL Audio Book – by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels – The Communist Manifesto was conceived as an …

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    The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism
    https://www.youtube. com/playlist?list=PLNzu8bIwdN5GjRwvxu17CJF9zuvMO_C-d

  30. Torcer says:

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=J1NsNhUAAWY&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0
    ferogers

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 1/6]
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=eFumYSaziT4&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0&index=1

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 2/6]
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Lbz4JhnKZDw&index=2&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0

  31. Torcer says:

    PBS – Communism: The Promise and the Reality – ALL EPISODES
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=J1NsNhUAAWY&list=PL3560258FF6BB727D
    John Taggart

  32. Torcer says:

    The Soviet Story
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=La81qM-vvU8
    Crabby Appleton
    1:25:35
    Written and directed by Edvīns Šnore (2008). This is the unsanitised story of Communism and the genocidal rampage that ..

    The Soviet Story 1 of 9
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=zZTA8xc4_8w
    Soviet Story
    10:31

    Popular Videos – The Soviet Story
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=La81qM-vvU8&list=PLzLdD887rQ9wfsYYN0QrlaP8yYXVOnbKy
    The Soviet Story – Topic
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZpfieqTT5MkivD7isnjb2w
    1:25:35
    The Soviet Story
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=La81qM-vvU8&list=PLzLdD887rQ9wfsYYN0QrlaP8yYXVOnbKy
    10:31
    The Soviet Story 1 of 9
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=zZTA8xc4_8w&list=PLzLdD887rQ9wfsYYN0QrlaP8yYXVOnbKy
    View full playlist (200 videos)
    https://www.youtube com/playlist?list=PLzLdD887rQ9wfsYYN0QrlaP8yYXVOnbKy

  33. Torcer says:

    In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?

    Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address 20 January 1981

  34. Torcer says:

    In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.

    MARGARET THATCHER, interview with Enzo Biagi, Mar. 10, 1986

  35. Torcer says:

    “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” James Madison

  36. Torcer says:

    “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.” – Thomas Paine

  37. Torcer says:

    “Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic
    premise. There is no such thing as a person’s “fair share” of wealth.
    The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided
    because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy
    is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.”
    – P.J. O’Rourke

  38. Torcer says:

    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

  39. Torcer says:

    The Rise and Fall of Socialism (Part I)
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=iiQqb_F7K84
    Politically Incorrect

    This hour describes Robert Owen and early utopian socialism before discussing the development of the Communist Manifesto by …

  40. Torcer says:

    Ami Horowitz: What’s wrong with socialism?
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=A0ON0xUMawg
    Fox News
    Ami: Full Exposure – Some American liberals want ‘Democratic Socialism’ in the US, so Ami Horowitz traveled to Venezuela to

  41. Torcer says:

    Venezuela proves Bernie socialism doesn’t work
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=W0d2TgV41BM
    OpenMind
    The full-blown economic collapse that is happening in Venezuela right now is a preview of what Americans will be experiencing in …

  42. Torcer says:

    “The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy
    without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to
    do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose.“
    Ronald Reagan

  43. Torcer says:

    28:37

    Rise of the Communism | 1905-1961 | Documentary on the History of Communism and the Soviet Union
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=7OoZIRgfIdw
    The Best Film Archives

  44. Torcer says:

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=J1NsNhUAAWY&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0
    ferogers

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 1/6]
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=eFumYSaziT4&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0&index=1

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 2/6]
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=Lbz4JhnKZDw&index=2&list=PLB494D30D92BDAEF0

    ==========

    1_6 Communism – The Promise and the Reality – Red Flag
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=lGMJuhGWZSw
    hochiminhchetsinh

    Communism – The Promise and the Reality – Red Flag.
    ================================

    PBS Communism – The Promise and The Reality
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=J1NsNhUAAWY&list=PL9824C9F1F73C8D1E
    Michael Clark

    Communism: The Promise and The Reality – Red Flag [pt 3/6]

  45. Torcer says:

    “Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.” Marko Kloos Why the gun is civilization

  46. Torcer says:

    “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin

    “One man with a gun can control 100 without one.” Vladimir Lenin

  47. Torcer says:

    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Lenin

    A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Lenin

  48. Torcer says:

    “My evil plan: Take over the world and leave everyone ALONE.” –Glenn Beck

  49. Torcer says:

    Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny. – Robert Heinlein

  50. Torcer says:

    “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

  51. Torcer says:

    In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.

    MARGARET THATCHER, interview with Enzo Biagi, Mar. 10, 1986

  52. Torcer says:

    “Only oppression should fear the full exercise of freedom.” – Jose Marti

  53. Torcer says:

    The greatest productive force is human selfishness. – Robert Heinlein

  54. Torcer says:

    ……………………………….
    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.
    Ayn Rand

  55. Torcer says:

    “When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded.”

    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

  56. Torcer says:

    “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.” Thomas Jefferson

  57. Torcer says:

    “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state
    lives at the expense of everyone.” Frederic Bastiat

  58. Torcer says:

    “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.” Thomas Sowell

  59. Torcer says:

    For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. – H. L. Mencken

  60. Torcer says:

    ”There is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.” Karl Marx

  61. Torcer says:

    11:49
    Stephen Hicks: The Most Fundamental Arguments for a Capitalist, Free Society
    https://www.youtube com/watch?v=XmX3YT_1pTo

  62. Torcer says:

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy

  63. Torcer says:

    “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” James Madison

  64. Torcer says:

    “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” President John F. Kennedy

  65. Torcer says:

    “Only oppression should fear the full exercise of freedom.” – Jose Marti

  66. Torcer says:

    41:25
    Reclaiming the Levellers from Socialism (Stephen Davies)
    https://www.youtube com/watch?v=hlxPsHYZ97Y
    Libertarianism.org

    Stephen Davies is currently education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a program officer at the Institute for Humane …

  67. Torcer says:

    “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.” – Frederic Bastiat

  68. Torcer says:

    “If socialists understood economics they wouldn’t be socialists.”
    ― Friedrich Hayek

  69. Torcer says:

    ……………………………….
    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed.
    Ayn Rand

  70. Torcer says:

    “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely” Lord Acton

  71. Torcer says:

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
    Han Solo

  72. Torcer says:

    “Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.” Marko Kloos Why the gun is civilization

  73. Torcer says:

    “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all.” – Frederic Bastiat

  74. Torcer says:

    “You can’t give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants.” – Harry Browne

  75. Torcer says:

    Is Socialism a Dictatorship https://shar.es/1VoJrz

  76. Torcer says:

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury.” Alexander Tytler

  77. Torcer says:

    “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana

  78. Torcer says:

    “A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget… As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring out budget into balance.”
    – John F. Kennedy

  79. Torcer says:

    “Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force.” Marko Kloos Why the gun is civilization

  80. Torcer says:

    Venezuela proves Bernie socialism doesn’t work
    https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=W0d2TgV41BM
    OpenMind
    The full-blown economic collapse that is happening in Venezuela right now is a preview of what Americans will be experiencing in …

  81. Torcer says:

    “Collectivism doesn’t work because it’s based on a faulty economic
    premise. There is no such thing as a person’s “fair share” of wealth.
    The gross national product is not a pizza that must be carefully divided
    because if I get too many slices, you have to eat the box. The economy
    is expandable and, in any practical sense, limitless.”
    – P.J. O’Rourke

  82. Torcer says:

    “With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” James Madison


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