“Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,” …
From: Teach the children well; written by Graham Nash.
“…Their father’s hell” That’s a pretty apt description of the lives of many during the last century, beginning in 1917 when the Marxist Communists took over Russia, and until now when we see the tragic destruction of Venezuela. In just 20 years under a Socialist government, Venezuela, once the most prosperous country in South America, is now the poorest, and millions of its citizens are trying to escape.
And yet addled, or perhaps venal, professors and politicians, media and entertainers still peddle the monstrous lie to our young people that socialism will give them a better future. It’s absolutely, and empirically, untrue as the following graph proves.
Notice that since the collapse of communism in the late 1980s, and the widespread embrace, however imperfectly, of capitalism, the level of poverty has gone sharply downward, and the level of prosperity has gone sharply upward. But sadly, over the last several years, young people who don’t know better – and some older adults who should – have become positive towards Marxist/socialism as a legitimate political and economic philosophy. It is not.
In 1945, at the end of World War II, Russia created the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, a Marxist/Socialist empire which enslaved Eastern Europe and much of northern Asia. As Churchill said, an Iron Curtain had descended across Europe, dividing West from East. Over the next 45 years, thousands of people died trying to escape that Marxist/Socialist prison. The whole rotten structure collapsed in 1989, under the weight of its corruption and unworkable ideology.
Mao Tse Tung’s Communists took over China in 1945 and killed tens of millions of their citizens trying to impose socialism. (**It should be noted that over the last 30 years, by allowing capitalism China has lifted hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty and starvation) In Cambodia, one quarter of the population was killed by Communists attempting to create their Socialist Utopia.
But what about Marxism’s less violent iterations, Socialism and Social Democracies? Communism imposes socialist policies by force, while Socialism, as in Venezuela, simply uses the power of government to take over industries and bring them under the ownership of the state. Social Democracies, with similarities to fascist economic policy in Germany, bring business and industry under state control through taxation and regulation. All eventually must fail because they ignore human nature, which is fundamentally conservative.
Scandinavian countries that went strongly socialist after World War II soon realized that they were going broke and wisely modified their policies. They now call themselves capitalists with social safety nets, i.e., Social Democrats, but like Canada, they’re now finding that they can’t even afford that. Here’s a graph showing the gradual decline of prosperity in the Scandinavian countries and the massive rise in prosperity in Ireland after it went strongly capitalist.
Canada went Social Democrat under Pierre Trudeau, Justin’s father, and within 25 years was so indebted that 40 cents of every dollar collected in taxes went to pay interest on the debt. With a gun to their head, the Liberal government of Jean Chretien finally tackled deficits and the debt – partly by downloading program costs to the provinces.
For nearly 20 years, government deficits and debt were bad words in Canada, but then governments backslid, and debt began to increase. Sadly, under Justin Trudeau’s Liberals that trend has been massively accelerated. If it’s not stopped, within 10 years Canada will begin to resemble Venezuela.
So how to stop it? Simple. Become educated, and then, “Teach your children (and your grandchildren) well.” That’s the best legacy you can leave them.
I’m Dave Reesor
This is my first blog since the end of November. I apologize, but I simply needed time to think carefully about 2019, and what would be most important in 2020. I believe that both last year and this year, the most important thing as citizens is for us to continue defending our freedoms; freedom to think and speak, to practice our faith, to follow our conscience, to raise our children as we believe best, and freedom from bureaucracies and activists imposing ideologies that destroy opportunity. It’s a never-ending battle, but one we must never tire of fighting. Surely the 20th century taught us that!
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