MILLENNIALS — Wake Up TO TANSTAAFL!
Gary DeMar writes: The majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one, according to a new poll…. The most popular socioeconomic order was socialism, with 44 percent support. Communism and fascism received 7 percent support each.” (Washington Times). Were socialism, communism, and fascism defined and their history described? I suspect they weren’t. For many millennials, socialism probably means “to be social”; it’s related to “social media.” Communism is about being in a community. Remember, Barack Obama was a “community organizer.” Community sounds a lot like Communism.
Communism and socialism are all about “sharing.”
“Brittany Griebling, a bubbly 35-year-old social worker, says socialism is ‘people making choices for themselves.’ No, Socialism is some people using the power and force of government to make choices for everyone using money taken from some people and given to other people.
Jeremy Low contends, “We’re in an age where we can easily provide for everyone on the planet.” Who are the “we” in this scenario? Socialism is forced compliance. If Brittany and Low decide to travel the world or engage in a year-long study of art, “we” should be forced to pay for their aspirations. (PhillyMag)
Millennials need to wake up to the reality of TANSTAAFL! In case you are too young to understand what this means, the acronym stands for, “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.” It was a popular adage amongst us Baby-boomers communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.
This is the promise of socialism. But in reality a person or a society cannot get “something for nothing”. Even if something appears to be free, there is always a cost to someone or to society as a whole, although that may be a hidden cost or an externality.
Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.
While throngs of young people were cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families.
The great promise of socialism is something for nothing. It is one of the signs of today’s dumbed-down education that so many college students seem to think that the cost of their education should — and will — be paid by raising taxes on “the rich.”
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery (Winston Churchill).
Socialism in any and every form is anti‑Christian. It is legalized theft. It is paganism that makes the State and idol. It makes man the predestinator and elevates the State above God. Socialism is urged by people who have lost faith in God and in the power of their religion to motivate men, and who have resorted to government and the coercive power of the State as a substitute. Socialism seizes, divides, expends, and dissipates wealth. It always produces poverty. Few will work hard if they know they are going to be robbed of the fruits of their labor. On the other hand those who receive something for nothing learn to depend upon it. Again, the appeal of socialism is the promise of something for nothing.
Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we’d call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that’s exactly what thieves do – redistribute income. Income redistribution not only betrays the founders’ vision, it’s a sin in the eyes of God. (Walter Williams).
This ideology of socialism, whether communism, national socialism, or any of its morphed ideologies, has led to the deaths of tens of millions and turned countries from being bread-baskets that could feed a continent to being basket-cases that cannot feed themselves, (case in point, Zimbabwe, in South Africa, formerly known as Rhodesia). The same misinformed socialists leaning snowflakes who are publicly and often times violently protesting for everything from free health care, free education, to free speech, hide behind the First Amendment, a right that would not have been afforded to him if they had lived in any Communist nation.
Wake up to TANSTAAFL before you help turn America into a George Orwell, type “Animal Farm” where all the pigs are equal, but some pigs, who are more equal than others!
Communism and socialism is seductive. It promises us that people will contribute according to ability and receive according to needs. Everybody is equal. Everybody has a right to decent housing, decent food and affordable medical care. History should have taught us that when we hear people talk this socialist’s propaganda, we need to watch our pocketbooks and our freedoms before we all wind up as pigs on Big Government’s Farms!
“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.”