In 2o11 Pew broke down its results by age, race, income and political affiliation, as well as support for the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements. There were only two other groups among whom socialism’s positives outweighed its negatives — blacks, who say they favor socialism 55 to 36 percent, and liberal Democrats, who say they favor socialism 59 to 39 percent.
So the move towards favoring socialism is not a “Bernie phenomenon”, it has been creeping across the horizon like a big dirty old roach for a long time.
In 2015, YouGov’s latest research shows that when Americans are asked whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of socialism and capitalism, capitalism comes out on top. 52% of Americans have a favorable view of capitalism, while only 26% have a favorable view of socialism. Among younger Americans, however, attitudes are a lot more divided. 36% of under-30s have a positive view of socialism, while 39% have a positive view of capitalism. Among over-65s, who came of age at the height of the Cold War, only 15% look upon socialism favorably while 59% have a like capitalism.
It sounds really swell, doesn’t it? This socialism thingy. I mean all the “free stuff” – college educations, medical care, cheap housing, cheap food, and we all can gather around and sing the old song “I’d like to teach the world to sing …. in perfect harmony, grow apple trees and honey bees and so forth and so on …” Or we will walk by the shore with a great sounds of Simon and Garfunkle singing “Are you going to Scarborough Fair / Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme / Remember me to one who lives there / She once was a true love of mine…” . Balloons will float out of everywhere and a bunch of Swedish people will be standing on every corner teaching us the proper way to initiate this socialist utopia.
Well wake up. Robert Owen was a social reformer and wealthy industrialist who made his fortune from textile mills in New Lanark, Scotland. Owen, his twenty-two-year-old son, William, and his Scottish friend Donald McDonald sailed to the United States in 1824 to purchase a site to implement Owen’s vision for “a New Moral World” of happiness, enlightenment, and prosperity through education, science, technology, and communal living. Owen’s utopian community would create a “superior social, intellectual and physical environment” based on his ideals of social reform.Owen was motivated to buy the town in order to prove his theories were viable and to correct the troubles that were affecting his mill-town community New Lanark. The ready-built town of Harmony, Indiana, fit Owen’s needs. In January 1825 he signed the agreement to purchase the town, renamed it New Harmony, and invited “any and all” to join him there. While many of the town’s new arrivals had a sincere interest in making it a success, the experiment also attracted “crackpots, free-loaders, and adventurers whose presence in the town made success unlikely.”William Owen, who remained in New Harmony while his father returned east to recruit new residents, also expressed concern in his diary entry, dated March 24, 1825: “I doubt whether those who have been comfortable and content in their old mode of life, will find an increase of enjoyment when they come here. How long it will require to accustom themselves to their new mode of living, I am unable to determine.”
While Owen was away recruiting new residents for New Harmony, a number of factors that led to an early breakup of the socialist community had already begun. Members grumbled about inequity in credits between workers and non-workers. In addition, the town soon became overcrowded, lacked sufficient housing, and was unable to produce enough to become self-sufficient, although they still had “high hopes for the future.
So what happened here? Nothing more or less than the nature of mankind. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. … You will certainly eat what your own hands have provided.
Socialism is not fully compatible with the needs of men and women to provide for themselves and their own and be rewarded for such.
In the title of this piece I also mentioned dogs….. As you know, socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. So everyone is equal and will cooperate and do their share ….. Right… no, that is very wrong. We will always have slackers, hucksters and just plain lazy butt people who will gladly make YOU do their share. And expect that YOU will time after time.
And such is the fate of the pet dogs, cats and birds of Venezuela, where the population recently discovered that socialism can not provide and are now looking hungrily at Fido, FiFi and the parakeet on the stick in the cage wondering whether they would taste better boiled, roasted or fried with a side of yucca and some coconut water to wash it down.
Unfortunately most socialist people cannot understand economics. I believe socialism is nothing more than theft by government. The premise is absurd that a government can satisfy the needs of the people less expensively by creating a more massive government to do what the individual people already do better and for free because it is their life. This mode of thinking has never worked at any time in history.
No, I must go hug Winston, Harry and Diamond. They have been inching away from me since I read everything I write aloud……. I wonder if they understand …..