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I need some help
Brothers and sisters I am at my wits edge. My oldest son is smart as a whip. 34 ACT scores. Not perfect, but good. He is going into his second year of college. I debate with him nightly while he is now home over the summer on why sociliasm is a slippery slope to tyrannical forms of government. He argues all the time about the greatness of universal healthcare and greatness of government. My response is tell me wealth that government has ever created. Tell, me anything government has ever run within a budget or with initial parameters. His response is the military and I have to correct and say that is an expense and not wealth. Next he always points to Europe’s health care system. Again, I have to explain europe’s health care system is subsidiary to the us system. It falls on deaf ears even when I explain that the world elites come to the US for life saving treatment. I have spent many nights talking with my children about life and reality of the world we compete to live within. My youngest son gets it and we discuss reality of life daily. My oldest son who is 18 now believes European government is great and that the us should model after the eu. Insanity is all I hear. How do I connect back with my son and explain actual world realities? How inflation truly works? Why individual rights matter? Why his first year in college has fucked up his mind? He is at a sought after Tech college. God help us if engineering schools are devoid from reality. Help me understand. Thanks to all.
(06-11-2022, 01:56 AM)OMGitzHIM Wrote: ...My oldest son who is 18 now believes European government is great and that the us should model after the eu. Insanity is all I hear....

Quote:...Socialism is the Big Lie of the Twentieth century. While it promised prosperity, equality, and security, it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny. Equality was achieved only in the sense that everyone was equal in his or her misery.

In the same way that a Ponzi scheme or chain letter initially succeeds but eventually collapses, socialism may show early signs of success. But any accomplishments quickly fade as the fundamental deficiencies of central planning emerge. It is the initial illusion of success that gives government intervention its pernicious, seductive appeal. In the long run, socialism has always proven to be a formula for tyranny and misery.

...Under socialism, incentives either play a minimal role or are ignored totally. A centrally planned economy without market prices or profits, where property is owned by the state, is a system without an effective incentive mechanism to direct economic activity. By failing to emphasize incentives, socialism is a theory inconsistent with human nature and is therefore doomed to fail. Socialism is based on the theory that incentives don’t matter!

...[P]eople were fleeing Haiti and traveling almost 500 miles by ocean to get to the “evil capitalist empire” when they were only 50 miles from the “workers’ paradise” of Cuba?

...[Marxists say] the reason for failure is not that socialism is deficient, but that the socialist economies are not practicing “pure” socialism.

...The strength of capitalism can be attributed to an incentive structure based upon the three Ps: (1) prices determined by market forces, (2) a profit-and-loss system of accounting and (3) private property rights. The failure of socialism can be traced to its neglect of these three incentive-enhancing components.

Marx and Engels claimed that the Free Enterprise system would fail when the have-nots lost out and rejected the wealthy owners of the economy. That strategy is called immiseration (economic impoverishment). When it became clear that all quintiles of Americans were profiting and improving their lives, Marxists began the idea of "Global Immiseration". Since they couldn't point to real metrics that hurt the poorer quintiles, they decided to rely on conjecture. The rest of the world were losing out because the Free Enterprise system in the USA was stealing from them. Ridiculous, but easily pushed as disinformation. The Democrat Party picked this up as a foundational strategy. Lie about the economy (or anything else) and blame that disinformation on their opponents. Since there is no true facts to argue about, debating it is useless. Some debating wins opposing them gets out - but since the complicit media and education system is in the tank for them, the average Joe never hears it.

My advice is to research Jude Wannisky who tutored Reaganomics. He refuted the whole "trickle-down" theory by noting that all quintiles improved simultaneously and immediately. When asked how long it takes for the poor to benefit, he said, "how long does it take to bend over and pick up a twenty-dollar bill off the ground?"

The true answer is to stop buying into fake ideas that have never worked. The Universities have an over abundance of losers who follow the idea that if you can't work, then teach. Remember the Democrats follow the philosophy that the ends justify the means. Together, that means if you do the opposite of what many educators say, you may get the correct answer. I was lucky when I went to Michigan to have stumbled into a position where I could select my teachers - not get stuck in a standardized subject path. Most don't have that opportunity, so don't throw away what you can by being a useful idiot.

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