Today is Mayday, celebrated by socialists throughout the world.
Since so many progressives and intellectuals think collectivist governments are so cool, it’s time they surveyed the result of those administrations on the countries they control.
Clearly, they have not brought prosperity to their peoples. Other than China, which has adopted some forms of capitalism, communists and socialist nations have essentially bankrupted their national economies. As Margaret Thatcher once said, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Indeed, while communist governments have eliminated the wealth of the rich and middle class alike, they haven’t ushered in an era of prosperity for the poor. Winston Churchill noted that “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
They certainly haven’t been good for the environment. The devastation of nature in countries under communist rule shocked the conscience of the world. China is the worst polluter on the planet.
Advocates for government control of healthcare should look at the fate of medicine in socialized nations. Yes, it’s universal and cheap, but essentially worthless. During the 1970’s, at the height of the Cold War, Leonid Brezhnev secretly was treated for his illness in New York. Well-to-do residents of nations with socialist-style healthcare systems either utilize private alternatives or get their treatment in non-socialized nations.
Human rights are abysmal in socialist nations. Mass imprisonment and murder was the fate of tens of millions in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, and other Communist-controlled entities.
Red nations certainly aren’t peaceful. Russia, China, and North Korea are the most aggressive nations on the planet.
These so-called “workers paradises” are infamous for depriving workers, and everyone else, of their rights. One of the key milestones in the breakup of the USSR’s communist empire was the opposition of Lech Walesa, a trade union organizer. Even China has expanded the gap between its privileged few and its many poor.
Ronald Reagan noted that “A government can’t control the economy without controlling people.” Jonah Goldberg, in his book Liberal Fascism, accurately noted that “If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Academics may argue that there is a difference between socialists and communists. Kevin Williamson, author of “The Politically incorrect guide to Socialism,” disagrees.
“Socialism’s apologists insist socialism and communism are utterly different and comparable things; authoritarian apples and democratic oranges. This is entirely untrue; for that we have the socialists’ own word and the communists’ testament as well. The most hardcore communists in the modern era—the rulers of Soviet Russia, Red China, and North Korea—routinely refer to their systems as “socialism,” and especially, as “scientific socialism,” the grand old Marxist term. Today’s socialists, in unguarded moments (and often when speaking among themselves) acknowledge that socialism is socialism is socialism, and that while the question of form is not negligible (life under Stalin was immeasurably worse than life in the socialist England of the 1970s), it is a question of variation within a species, not variation between speeches…”
The appropriate way to celebrate May Day is recognizing the hundreds of millions who have been killed, imprisoned, oppressed, and impoverished by this hypocritical and terrible philosophy.