Nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War we are seeing a resurgence of a virus which we thought had been eradicated from the west.
Many misguided youth, led by tenured professors and pandering politicians who have never worked a day outside of classrooms are of the mind that capitalism is a threat, and socialism would cure all of society’s ills.
The fact that none of our most life-changing achievements, ideas or technology have come from socialists, yet nearly every single one has come from capitalists should be enough proof.
But apparently the fact that they have iPhones, high-speed wifi and have never had to wait in a breadline isn’t enough for them.
But what is the difference between communism, socialism and capitalism?
At its core, communism means the state controls everything, owns everything, and makes all decisions. As we see in China, there is no private industry; everything is, at least by a majority, owned by the state.
In socialism, the state controls the means of production. That may not sound like much, and while its peddlers will try to tell you that means that “power goes to the workers,” the opposite is true, and the people soon realize they have no voice.
It is peculiar that many of those pushing this diseased breath of socialism back into western society are highly educated, yet cannot see the many proofs we have throughout history that every society which has implemented socialism or communism has led to their own decay.
The new social merit system implemented in China shows just how far this can go.
Bureaucrats destroy industries by controlling those in which they have no experience, and are given top positions via family connections or proof of loyalty to the state rather than merit.
The fall of Venezuela from the richest nation in South America to a place where people murder pets for food is a recent proof of how this turns out. How did they fall so far?
Implementation of socialism, a dictator, and appointment of military generals with no experience in the oil industry to lead their most valuable resource, who totally destroyed that industry for them in only a few years.
I’ve been watching the Chernobyl series on HBO, and as our educated youth and pandering politicians can’t seem to learn these horrible lessons from history, perhaps this entertainment-based view of just how bad it can get will serve to wake them up.
The show, at its core, helps to highlight the most important part of how any big government state apparatus run by bureaucrats can destroy a society.
As happened with the catastrophe at Chernobyl, the implementation of communism or socialism always leads to terrible consequences, because of the easily corruptible people put in charge and perverse incentive structure for those in power to remain there.
By putting people in charge with no merit or experience, there is always a disaster in the waiting.
In a capitalist society, not only are people rewarded for hard work, but we learn from our mistakes to make the next version better. In a communist or socialist society, mistakes must be covered up to protect the image of the state, lest people realize the bureaucrats put in control don’t know what they’re doing.
Rather than learn from mistakes, they prosecute a scapegoat that likely had nothing to do with the disaster they caused and wait for the next one to happen.
The USA is considered the land of opportunity because people are allowed to control their own destiny. If you work harder than others, innovate or do something exceptional, you may be handsomely rewarded. On the flip-side, if you choose not to work hard, make mistakes or prove inept at your job, you may be cast aside for someone who can do the job.
Beware of the current slate of politicians promising everything for free and to return “power to the people.” The only people who become wealthy in a socialist society are those diabolically cunning enough to fool their society into accepting it.
Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War , The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.