Now that we have a sense of who Sanders is by assessing his background, let’s look at what he proposes as a solution- Socialism.
Meanwhile, the millenials who fawn over Sanders, looking to him as their savior, fumble around with electronic devices day and night to communicate with their world- none of which were created under a socialist market scheme.
The fact is, entrepreneurial capitalists created all of them. In fact, capitalism created everything they rely upon today for their convenience and well….very existence.
If the Sanders supporters are going to support a candidate who calls himself a socialist, we should take a look at what Socialism has actually contributed to humanity?
If you look at nations based on socialism as the Chinese, North Korean, Russian and Cuban society’s are (as noted in their Constitutions), their track record for civil rights as well as innovation is abysmal.
All of these nations have deeply stratified gaps between the wealthy and the working classes with few in between as Marxism predicts.
Civil rights are stringently controlled by the State and sparse for the most part. However if you dare oppose the State, you will violently discover where your rights actually come from.
Innovation and invention are nearly absent. There is no personal incentive to encourage it.
In fact, without billions of dollars of aid from the West, Soviet Marxism would have experienced an economic collapse far sooner than the 90’s.
China, the new super power, did not do it through a capitalist society. They were given almost all of their manufacturing capacities from the United States (as was Soviet Russia) through corporate transfers of tools, technology and capital.
In truth, the Socialist model of government has never contributed anything of note innovative or invented anything of consequence.
No, in fact if we are to intellectually honest, all Socialists seem to contribute is complaints. As far as innovation and invention goes, Socialists let the capitalists do all that stuff.
Like Bernie’s fruitless attempts at business, Socialists contribute nothing to the technological advancement of society. They simply claim that society can’t work unless they are in charge.
Then, they sweep in and arrogantly claim they know better than the market on how the wealth created by capitalists should be distributed- as long as they are in charge of the distribution.
The main contribution of Socialists is to complain about inequality posturing themselves as having all of the idyllic answers to society’s ills.
As Frederic Bastiat points out in his book The Law, Socialists practice legalized plunder. That is, they feel entitled to the wealth produced by others which they believe they best know how to divvy up.
As Marx and Engels put it:
From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.
Redistribution of wealth, a key cornerstone of Communism.
John Mackey, founder of the successful Whole Foods chain, didn’t start out as a free market capitalist. He was a member of a co-op and did not like the way it was run. He thought he could do better and decided to open Safer Way, a health food store in Austin, Texas, to sell healthy food to people, earn a decent living and have fun doing both.
At the time he was a vegetarian who described himself as having a “progressive political philosophy” which believed that both business and capitalism were fundamentally based on greed, selfishness and exploitation. (Sounds like a familiar refrain of Bernie, of course.)
Well, along the way he came to realize that what he thought about business and capitalism was all wrong.
As he puts it, “becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business completely changed my life. Almost everything I had believed about business was proven to be wrong.” Funny how reality tends to wake us up to our self-deceptions.
Mackey cites economist Deirdre McCloskey (author of Bourgeoisie Dignity) as arguing that:
The most important factors in free-enterprise capitalism’s success has been entrepreneurship and innovation combined with freedom and dignity for business people.
Capitalist’s inventions have changed the world- cars, phones, gasoline, computers, antibiotics. Even the massive spread of the internet have all not been the result of government decree but:
Required massive amounts of innovation. Human creativity, partly individual but mostly collaborative and cumulative, is at the root of all economic progress.
Mackey goes on to cite how the growth of free market capitalism completely revolutionized living standards for those nations which embraced it.
Just 200 years ago, 85% of humanity lived in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day). Now, it is only 16%.
In modern times, South Korea’s GDP has grown 260 fold since 1960.
How about its Northern neighbor under the tyranny of Communist Socialism- North Korea?
There is more of course which you can discover by picking up a copy of Mackey’s book Conscious Capitalism.
The bottom line is that socialism is not responsible for the material progress of humanity, free market capitalism is.
The sad reality is that Marxist socialism has caused far more damage to humanity than any other form of government.
Examples are nations like North Korea, China, Russia and Cuba.
As noted previously, their track record of civil liberty one of oppression, not freedom. The masses in those nations live pretty much hand to mouth while those at the top live with massive excess.
What about socialist nations like China:
Before the West stepped in, Mao had starved more than 35 million of his own people to death under the failed socialist agricultural ideas of the 5 year planned economy Great Leap forward beginning in 1958.
Took less than 5 years too. Not exactly a badge of honor for the planned economy socialist movement to say the least.
China is known for its slave labor which is highlighted in this documentary:
As noted in the Chinese Constitution:
Chapter I General Principles
Article 1 The People’s Republic of China is a socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants.
The socialist system is the basic system of the People’s Republic of China. Disruption of the socialist system by any organization or individual is prohibited.
We learn a few basic facts in those initial principles:
So Bernie recommends…what was it again?
Oh yes, democratic socialism. Interesting parallels of philosophy one can note with the Chinese police state of oppression.
Sanders would like us to model ourselves after Denmark. The problem is his romanticized version of Denmark doesn’t exist.
While speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he was aware “that some people in the U.S. associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism.”
Therefore,” Lars said, “I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.
Rasmussen acknowledged that “the Nordic model is an expanded welfare state which provides a high level of security to its citizens,” but he also noted that it is “a successful market economy with much freedom to pursue your dreams and live your life as you wish.”
Additionally, as Michel Kelly-Gagnon- President of the Montreal Economic Institute notes:
Denmark’s welfare state is more of a rickety derelict than a solid structure. Successive governments have had to repeatedly reform the system, scaling back its benefits.
British journalist Michael Booth, who has lived in Scandinavia for over a decade and written a book about his experience there, The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.
Booth says that the quality of the free education and health care Danes receive is far from great.
Their PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) educational rankings are just average, they have the lowest life expectancy in the EU aside from former communist countries, and the highest rates of death from cancer in the world.
On top of this and more, guess which nation has the highest marginal tax rate in the world at 60.2%? Hint: It begins with a D and ends with a K and has the letter “enmar” in between.
Michael Booth also says there is a broad consensus that the Danish welfare state remains unsustainable, despite the many reforms of recent decades:
The Danes’ dirty secret is that its public sector has been propped up by–now dwindling–oil revenues.
Bernie Sanders is typical example of the socialist who condemns capitalism never having worked as a part of it.
Unlike John Mackey who reverted from being a progressive because of his involvement in starting his own entrepreneurial business, Sanders background has no business to speak of.
He’s never really owned a business or even run a business successfully or for any appreciable length of time.
Around 1976, Sanders left LUP and spent about two years as an amateur historian and film-maker, attempting to sell educational film strips to schools in New England.
“His main project,” says the Guardian, “was a short documentary about his hero, Eugene Debs (who was inspired by Marx’s Das Kapital while in prison), an early 20th-century union leader who was a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist party.”
After that failed business experience, it was all public money jobs or politics for the Bern.
In 1964 he married a young woman named Deborah Sanders; the marriage only lasted two years ending in divorce.
Over the next few years, Sanders worked variously as a psychiatric-hospital aide and a Head Start preschool teacher in New York; as a Department of Taxes employee in Vermont; and as a staffer for a nonprofit organization called the Bread and Law Task Force, where he registered people for food stamps.
In 1969 he fathered a child out-of-wedlock.
Levi Noah Sanders had a mother named Susan Campbell Mott, according to his birth certificate. His resume for the Burlington Mayoral campaign simply read: Divorced, one child
So, what actual expertise does Bernie actually bring to the bear? Certainly, not his success as a family man, nor a businessman.
All he really has to offer are the tired, idyllic, tyranny producing ideas of Karl Marx repackaged as Progressive or Democratic Socialism. (
Note: Democracy as stated in the Communist Manifesto is the first step to Communism.
Socialism needs the very thing they blame for all the problems in the world- free market capitalism.
What new invention has been credited to a socialist?
What socialist actually do is take the products of labor others have produced and assume they know better than anyone else (including God) as to where it should be directed.
They don’t produce. They take the efforts of others and redistribute them. (Remember- From each according to his abilities….yada, yada, yada)
They appeal to a basic human flaw- getting the greatest benefit from the least amount of effort, aka being lazy.
That sounds very appealing when you are struggling to make a living or to survive.
Socialists promote themselves by endorsing the theft of someone else’s labor and efforts. “We’re going to get all those exploitative, greedy capitalists. This is unfair and unequal.” they cry.
However, as Frederic Bastiat put it in his book the Law, their solution does nothing more than perform immoral legalized plunder.
Young people are fooled by the labels and subsequent promises. They think they are being forward thinking.
However, they ignore a Leviathan government gone wild which has distorted a free market with huge regulatory control and interference while producing massive debt with a welfare/warfare state- funded by taxes and Federal Reserve Notes.
Politicians like Bernie, and the new Democratic Socialists like Ocasio Cortez, are happy to blame it all on “greedy rich capitalists”.
After all, it gets them off the hook and puts them in office. Parasitic politicians thrive off of this misdirection.
Nevertheless, take an objective look at the results in nations based on socialist idealism such as Russia, Red China, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela. In every case, by redirecting the products of capitalism, all of these systems have ultimately only produced poverty and tyranny for the majority.
Bernie, like all good Marxists, rails against capitalism and the wealthy. He blames greed and wealth for all of our societies ills.
He never mentions that capitalism is an economic system and socialism is a political system.
Comparing the two is like comparing humans to trees.
They are completely different entities operating under completely different laws.
Capitalism is subject to the laws of economics and wealth. It manages the flow of products and money. It is simply a cooperative means of producing wealth.
Capitalism used accurately produces wealth and products which people desire. Capitalism is nothing more than the cooperative use of the means of production to meet needs people have for useful products (real wealth) or services.
Socialism on the other hand is a political animal. It is subject to political laws. It administrates services to the people who are participants in it, either by choice but oftentimes by force.
Socialism imposes the coercive force of government on all activities of people and arrogantly and forcibly redistributes wealth produced by the economic activity of capitalism.
Blaming capitalism for the problems of wealth distribution is like blaming the wood used to construct a house for the final product.
The wood is the material needed by laborers to construct the house.
However, the laborers who use the wood are responsible for how that material is used and its final product.
Blaming the wood for how the house turned out is what Bernie does when he, like most brain washed (Or is that brain damaged?) Marxist socialists, blame the tools of production for how capitalism has been used.
Fact: Capitalism can exist without socialism but socialism cannot exist without capitalism.
If there were no capitalism, there would be no wealth for socialists to redistribute.
Uninformed socialists make complete fools of themselves and fall for the mislabeling of social services such fire and police et al as socialism.
They are completely different factors.
Fire and police are voluntary services taxpayers have agreed to fund. (Now coercively enforced with mandatory property taxation but they originated voluntarily.)
Socialism is a coercive political system that enforces itself (like the Chinese system) without tolerance for dissent. There is nothing voluntary about it. Once a socialist government has been established, tyranny has a foundation, as the citizens of Nazi (National Socialism) Germany discovered.
It is therefore deceptive to blame the very thing which produces all of the wealth socialists need in order to have anything to base their system upon.
Unless capitalism produces wealth, there would be no need for any political system, socialist or otherwise.
What socialism actually does is:
As all rational people agree, theft is an immoral activity.
“Thou shalt not steal.” as the Bible puts it. In fact, if we take someone else’s property we can be prosecuted as a criminal.
This is so because we all know that if someone works for something by trading his labor for money, they are entitled to spend or save that money as they determine.
It is, after all, the product of their efforts.
In a free society, how they spend what they have freely earned should be their own choice.
What they purchase with that earned income becomes their property in a civilized and orderly society.
In a socialist system you don’t get to keep what you work for. The more socialist the system, the less you get to keep.
In a truly socialist system, there are no private property rights. The State owns everything allegedly cooperatively with the people, but that ideal is only permitted under the approval of the State.
This is because Socialists basically don’t trust human beings (nor do those in charge want to give up their piece of the pie).
In fact, it is even questionable whether they even like them.
The most brutal societies have come from socialist oriented leaders who have also promoted societies of extreme violence in order to achieve their idyllic goals.
Think conscienceless psychopaths like Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro, Kim Il Jung etc.
The more power they get. The more power they want. For as Lord Acton noted:
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority;
They feel entitled to the authority they use to take wealth from those which they determine have too much of it through legalized theft to give to those who never did anything to earn it.
They justify this by claiming they are helping society to be more fair.
Fair, of course, is completely defined according to their determinations. They decide who gets what and how much of it.
Consequently, the basis of socialism is actually the immoral theft of the products of the capitalist efforts of others which has become legalized through the force and threats of punishment from authority or government.
Nevertheless, even if legalized, it still does not change the immoral basis of taking income rightfully earned and giving it to another who has done nothing to earn it. It still remains theft- legalized or not.
In short, socialists are thieves promoting an immoral system of theft made legal by force. Socialism therefore as its basis promotes immorality and aggression. In the extreme of its application comes violence as socialists like Mao, Hitler, Stalin and other socialists have demonstrated.
Now, let’s see how the immoral coercion of government using socialist principles has distorted the economic system of capitalism. In understanding this, we can therefore also understand how deceptive and misleading it is to blame capitalism for the disorder and maldistribution of wealth in our society.
In fact, it is too much government which is the problem not the economic system. Remember capitalism can exist without government but government cannot exist without capitalism. Economics necessitates government to protect people’s earned private property.
Whenever you try to do good with other people’s money, you are committed to force. If people don’t volunteer their earnings, the only way you can get it from them is to use some method of force, penalty of law; police or denial of earned income before they receive it (payroll deductions for example).
In the following video, the late well respected economist Milton Friedman, discusses Socialism as force. Friedman notes:
The most harm of all is done when power is in the hands of people who are absolutely persuaded of their intentions.
This is because as Lord Acton pointed out:
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
As Friedman notes:
Heaven preserve us from the sincere reformer who knows what’s good for you and, by heaven, will make you do it whether you like it or not. That’s when you get the most harm done.
Tyrants like Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro were all persuaded that they were right. They were willing to use any method, including violent force or starvation, to install their idea of the “ultimate good”. To the socialist psychopath, people don’t matter- ideas do.
As history witnessed, all of their intentions resulted in devastation to the people. Societies that were supposed to benefit from their good- simply didn’t.
All were forced by government into a form of socialist government.
There are different types of capitalism which are determined largely by the political system that the products of capitalism enter.
Free markets produce free market capitalism. Innovation arises spontaneously to satisfy societal needs.
Under free market capitalism, technology tends to develop more rapidly because the market is allowed to develop without interference from authority. History has demonstrated this.
And yes, the innovators or sometimes the best marketers rather than the inventors, do become rich.
However, risk in a free market can also produce great failure or bankruptcy, as well as great reward.
True capitalists accept risk knowing that life in the fast lane is for those who appreciate challenges and accept the consequences of risk- like adults.
Capitalism transforms however, when government becomes overly involved in capitalist efforts through excessive regulatory efforts, or even worse ownership.
Under crony (crony means a powerful friend) capitalism, the free market transforms from a risk/reward market to an authority driven/regulated market.
It becomes a controlled market where risk is not necessarily rewarded accordingly but rather how much influence you have with the regulatory bodies.
Their regulations can benefit your business. A once freely operating capitalist market place becomes distorted.
Now, free market capitalism becomes what is today referred to as crony capitalism.
The door has now been opened for “back room” deals so to speak.
Deception has been introduced into what should be a freely operating market of exchange under free market capitalism.
While we may have never have had a market totally free of government influence since the advent of our Constitution, markets with less regulation operate more freely.
However, as regulation grows, so too does market congestion. Markets tend to stagnate under heavy regulatory burdens and artificial government stimulus.
Stagnated markets and artificially stimulated markets also reflect stagnation in profits and employment. Under President Trump, as over 30,000 pages of Federal regulations have been eliminated the markets have begun to re-stimulate and opportunity has risen while unemployment has declined.
Of course, socialist oriented government officials always suggest more government controls once they get their hands in the pot. We all ignore the fact that they know little to nothing about how real markets actually work, allowing them to do it.
The media credits FDR’s New Deal with ending the depression. What they fail to report is the reality.
Despite three New Deals during the decade of the 1930’s, according to the Bureau of Labor and Management figures:
All told, FDR’s government intervention had no lasting impact on the economy.
Yet politicians worship him as a hero, even though his legacy social security program is one of our largest government debts today.
It’s not hard to figure out why. Social security has become another lever to leverage voters. “I’ll protect Social Security”. has become a carrot held out to those depending on it.
Government intervention is not all it is cracked up to be. All it really helps in the end are the politicians who use it to buy votes so they can return to their cushy, highly paid jobs. The people meanwhile pay with their earned incomes and freedoms.
What is important to understand is that crony capitalism is not free market capitalism.
Crony capitalism is:
The marriage of government and Corporations through regulatory controls.
The government is directing what should operate as a free cooperative agreement between employers/employers and producers/consumers.
Government regulation imposes an artificial interference which distorts a free market of cooperative exchange.
Crony capitalism supports more fascist and socialist oriented forms of government. In fact, Benito Mussolini, a hard core socialist, selected fascism as a stepping stone towards socialism by taking control of the means of production through regulation.
In our nation, under Obama -a socialist oriented President, the pages of the Federal Register rose to a record level of 95,894 pages in 2016, the highest level ever recorded.
This form of crony capitalism and socialism forcibly directed markets under Federal regulatory laws. Businesses controlled this way are forced to operate between regulations to get anything done. Decisions are made based on regulatory controls to avoid penalties.
The impact of this coercive force was estimated to by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in their Ten Thousand Commandment Report of 2015 to be $1.88 Trillion for businesses and consumers or a $14,000 annual impact on the average family budget in additional costs.
Under Donald Trump, the regulatory impact had dropped 36% to 61,308 pages by the end of 2017– the lowest count since 1993. The results, as many already know, has been a significant drop in unemployment for all social segments of the market including blacks, Latino’s and woman.
Regulatory interference on the free market is what Communism, Nazism, Facism and all socialist based systems produce which they call a “planned economy”.
It doesn’t work as has been demonstrated repeatedly in socialist based systems as in Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba and now in our hemisphere Venezuela.
Entrepreneurship dies out as regulations grow. A shared monopoly between business and the State takes its place.
For example, compare the systems of North Korea which is Marxist based socialism versus South Korea which is more of free market based capitalist system:
Another comparison is Marxist East Germany vs. free market West Germany. One only had to look over a wall to see the stark difference between the free market oriented West and the Communist controlled East Berlin.
Which of the two pairs nations would you prefer to live in? The socialist one or the free market one?
Of course, Sanders points to the results of our system of heavily regulated crony capitalism and places the blame on the economic system. Of course, he fails to acknowledge that our political system has become increasingly socialist. The immoral theft and redistribution of capitalist produced wealth is creating a malformed capitalism. He simply and misleadingly lumps it all under the label of capitalism.
He ignores the impact of socialist interference in what used to be a free market. Socialist interference which has led to massive debt caused by government growth and spending on socialist programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security- the largest sources of debt in our economic system even over never ending wars.
His proposed solution is to impose even more regulatory interference. Steal more wealth from producers that he arbitrarily decides have too much money.
Sanders arrogantly assumes (even though he has no real experience in the realm of business and economics) he knows what is best for all of us.
He fashions himself as God who as a politician is able to determine what is best for our economy. An economy collapsing under the weight of debt- caused primarily by too much government.
In short, the Sanders solution is more government theft of people’s earned incomes.
And if the rich don’t provide enough (which they will not) then he will take more from others (the bourgeoisie or middle class) until we are all equally poor and there is no middle class- the way of Karl Marx. That’s egalitarian equality under socialism- everyone equally poor.
Like all socialists, Sanders solution creates the problem by distorting the economic marketplace with over regulation and debt stimulus. This creates an artificially stifled marketplace.
Then, after the market stagnates, they propose more government to resolve the problems which they created in the first place.
As David Horowitz, former hard left activist, puts it in Vol. 2- Progressives:
The belief in a perfect future inevitably inspires a passionate (and otherwise inexplicable) hatred towards the imperfect present. The first agenda of social redeemers is to dismantle the existing social order, which means their intellectual and political energies are focused on the work of destruction.
In short, socialists like Sanders take what others create through the force of government and play God.
You feeling the burn yet? I certainly hope so- for your families and children or future children’s sake.
In part three, we’ll take a look at some present day examples of Sanders proposals. We’ll see how they work in reality.
Missed part 1? Read it here
Go on to Part 3
An ordinary citizen with well over a decade of study devoted to uncovering the truth about government and authorities.Deception is fostered by the omission of key information, background or facts. This is an important way in which your mind is being controlled. Whatever entity controls your mental frame also controls your life.Filling in the background and gaps helps you understand the impact and intent of government/authorities on your life, Better informed, you will take more meaningful actions to help restore your lost freedoms
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