SOCIALISTS ARE FOND OF SAYING THAT SOCIALISM
has never failed because it has never been tried. But in truth, socialism
has failed in every country in which it has been tried, from the Soviet
Union beginning a century ago to three modern countries that tried but
ultimately rejected socialism—Israel, India, and the United Kingdom…
While there were major political differences between the totalitarian
rule of the Soviets and the democratic politics of Israel, India,
and the U.K., all three of the latter countries adhered to socialist
principles, nationalizing their major industries and placing economic
decision-making in the hands of the government.
The Soviet failure has been well documented by historians. In 1985,
General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev took command of a bankrupt
disintegrating empire. After 70 years of Marxism, Soviet farms were
unable to feed the people, factories failed to meet their quotas,
people lined up for blocks in Moscow and other cities to buy bread
and other necessities, and a war in Afghanistan dragged on with no
end in sight of the body bags of young Soviet soldiers.
The economies of the Communist nations behind the Iron Curtain were
similarly enfeebled because they functioned in large measure as colonies
of the Soviet Union. With no incentives to compete or modernize, the
industrial sector of Eastern and Central Europe became a monument to
bureaucratic inefficiency and waste, a “museum of the early industrial
age.” As the New York Times pointed out at the time, Singapore, an
Asian city-state of only 2 million people, exported 20 percent more
machinery to the West in 1987 than all of Eastern Europe…
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Socialism is guilty of a fatal conceit: It believes its system can makeSocialism Rejected (Heritage Foundation)
better decisions for the people than they can for themselves. It is the
end product of a 19th-century prophet whose prophecies (such as
the inevitable disappearance of the middle class) have been proven
wrong time and again.
Question in my mind: Will New Zealand also ultimately join the list and reject another round of Socialist experimentation? MH