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What Would A Socialist America Look Like? — Part 2

Oprah Winfrey is the only self-made black billionairess in America. She may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Oprah should be given credit for her achievements. She is said to have homes in California (a 42 acre estate),  Chicago, Florida (another estate), Hawaii, New Jersey, Washington State, and the island of Antigua.

How many of those homes would she be able to keep in the United Soviet States of America? Here is what might happen if Ocasio-Cortez and her friends from Black Lives Matter get their way. While everyone has heard of Karl Marx, few people have heard of Béla Kun. Unlike Marx, who never held political office, Kun actually ran Hungary for a short time, when he nationalised practically everything including landed property, all businesses employing more than twenty people and all private property above a minimum. He also made all bathrooms public on Saturday nights.

Even if Oprah were able to keep one or two of her properties, can you imagine her being forced to share her bathroom with the great unwashed? And there would be plenty of those, because one of the very first things the new socialist government would do would be to open America’s borders, providing free accommodation, free healthcare, free everything for anyone and everyone who entered the country by the millions. None of these people would be checked for contraband, for drugs, for vaccinations against exotic diseases, for terrorist connections…And if you object to any of this you can only be racist, right?

So how does America or any country provide everything for everyone free? You already know the answer to that “…who does not obey shall not eat.”

So how do you force everyone to obey, to provide all this free stuff, everyone from farmers to manufacturers to medical professionals? You know the answer to that too: at the point of a gun. The big problem here is that the peasants will stand for only so much of this insanity, and will resist or even rise up against you. Unless they are disarmed. So the second amendment must go, and the first amendment to ensure there is no talk of counter-revolution.

That means all these media giants that have been censoring and shadow banning conservatives will have to be taken over by the state, right? Private corporations of that size cannot be permitted to exist, nor can any company or any individual be permitted to spout anti-state propaganda.

But don’t these progressives want to defund the police? Heck, did you really believe that? That applies only to your police, not to their police, whatever they call them. As things stand, when the police overstep the mark they can be held to account. This is difficult, but at times police officers are sacked or even prosecuted, and citizens are compensated for wrongful arrest or worse. What do you think will happen when all lawyers are employed only by the state? No justice, no compensation. Indeed, with the #MeToo Movement and cancel culture, people are already having their livelihoods destroyed without the slightest pretext of due process. Under socialism, no one should expect any kind of justice from the courts.

How would goods and services be allotted? Currently we use something called prices. In a free or relatively free market, prices transmit information. If consumers demand more of a product, its price will rise. If they keep demanding more, more, more, the price may eventually fall because more manufacturers and suppliers will enter the market increasing competition. With new technologies, the fall in prices can be dramatic. Here is a quite stunning example. In February 1927, a famous half hour telephone call was made between the music publisher Lawrence Wright in New York and the bandleader Jack Hylton in Wright’s London office. The cost of that call was £150, over £9,000 in today’s money.

How would telephone and later computer technologies have developed in the absence of a price mechanism? The answer is not very well, if at all. Again, how would goods and services be allotted? Karl Marx had a simple answer for this: from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. And people’s needs will be decided by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or perhaps Bernie Sanders, the socialist who “needs” three homes?

If this nightmare scenario sounds too extreme to entertain, take a look at what has been happening in Minneapolis, Portland (Oregon), and Seattle recently.

A socialist America would be far, far worse than any other country because America is and always has been the prize. Furthermore, socialism can be sustained only by massive injections of capital from outside. This is what happened when Stalin and company seized power in Russia. Antony Sutton documented this irrefutably, but he has been written out of history. If the United States should fall to socialism, there would be nowhere left. Americans need to take a stand in November so Trump and his team can finish draining the Swamp.

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Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
August 9, 2020

Obviously the writer of this article knows very little about Socialism in the Scandinavian countries – a socialism that is working without massive infusion of foreign capital. Happy with your five minutes in the spotlight?

John Ellis
Reply to  TheDarkMan
August 9, 2020

You failed to say a word about socialism for the rich, like the corporate now receiving a free bailout worth a cool $4 trillion.

Comes now such evil-rich designed socialism to subject 27 million renters to eviction, by October to increase the homeless by 32 million and to force 80 million workers without health insurance to pay a total of $7 thousand for a hospital stay if Covid 19 is their misfortune.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
Reply to  TheDarkMan
August 10, 2020

Heavily taxed welfare state? Sounds to me like you haven’t been to any of the Scandinavian socialist countries. Yes, heavily taxed but where those taxes are going in plain sight of every tax payer – and a rather high standard of living. Just like in the US, eh?

Cudwieser
Cudwieser
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
August 10, 2020

To put it another way scandinavia is largely public funded. I love this notion taxation is an inherent evil. Excessive taxation with little or no representation will give another French style revolution, but a fair contribution to public enterprises can work. The virtue of the NHS is that it is free at the point of service, because it is bought and paid for. The problems stem from gross mismanagement to stifling of the funds.

John Ellis
August 9, 2020

socialist government would open America’s borders, providing
free accommodation, free healthcare, free everything to anyone”

Above is a fake morality called ownership, a fake religion that all capitalists worship. For the doctrine most high is to have blind faith in the illusion that the first one to get their hands on new profit, the settler who steals land at gunpoint from a native, they establish ownership and an absolute dictatorship.
Truth is, nature gave us ownership of only life, everything else is owned by nature and must be shared in common.

John Ellis
Reply to  TheDarkMan
August 9, 2020

How sad, you think that you own your wife.

John Ellis
August 10, 2020

UNEQUAL RIGHTS — TRUE EQUALITY

As we all have unequal intelligence giving us unequal ability to produce wealth, in order to establish equality we must establish the following unequal rights:

  1. Only those with excessive wealth have a right to give.
  2. Only those suffering want have a right to receive.
  3. Only those with just enough for a comfortable life have a right to claim that they have achieved equality.
Cudwieser
Cudwieser
August 10, 2020

What America is facing isn’t “socialism”. There is so much occuring at once to put a name to it, especially a name that refers to a very broad and complex set of ideas is not ony ignorant but incredibly dangerous. A cursory google search into socialism and 15-30 minutes of reading dates, headlines and initial chapters of various articles on Marx alone (before heading to non-marxian socialism) will tell you socialism was never this hard nor fast set of ideas. The only commonality is that capitalism is exploitative as hell, the working classes need to be more empowered and the… Read more »

John Ellis
August 11, 2020

If you tell the public that socialism is impossible, so long as the 51% most wealthy keep voting to hoard all the land and wealth, to a man they will look at you with a blank expression and go on with life as if your words had never been spoken. That is the obstacle we must overcome.

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