Mr. Buckley (I call him Mister out of a very real respect and admiration) was certainly right and Schlamm's point is right on the mark. Let’s talk about this a little.
A “real capitalist" is a person that cares more about providing for his family than providing for yours; cares more about his own profit than yours; someone who trusts that he is a better taking care of his own interests than some government bureaucrat in Washington or some state capital. By that definition we are all capitalists whether we admit it or not. By that simple definition, capitalism isn't some ideological theory about profit making or the acquisition of money; it is just human nature and common sense. It is a description of what motivates just about everyone.
Now let's look at Socialism. Every time Socialism has been applied to a governmental entity it has ultimately and completely failed. Look at the
The problem with socialism is socialism, because there are no socialists. Socialism is based on the assumption that we human beings will naturally act in a certain way. That simply isn't true. You just cannot get people to behave against their nature -- at least not without inflicting a terrible amount of punishment. It's easy to design a society that rewards each according to his need instead of his ability. The hard part is getting people to live by it and be content within its limits.
In our own society it is easy to see examples of this failure of what socialists preach put into practice. Labor unions demand exemptions and "carve-outs" for their own health care plans and lobby for higher and higher wages and more and more benefits –based more on what they perceive to be the companies profits and ability to pay, not necessarily what individual union members contribute to the effort (in other words, earn by their labor) . Also, "from each according to his ability" seems to disappear around tax time. Rich, and not so rich, liberals try their best to minimize their taxes. It seems that political philosophy disappears when the tax form appears.
That is why the problem with “Socialism” is “Socialists”. It is why Socialism always, always fails. Similarly, however, the problem with capitalism is capitalists. Some people will always abuse the system and take things too far. Avarice and greed are strong motivators and it is human nature to give in to them, sometimes to excess. That is where a government comes in. Not to control and be a part of every individual’s everyday life, but to just act as a regulator, ensuring no one abuses the system. A referee, if you will, standing on the sidelines ensuring that everyone plays according to the rules.
History is a great teacher. A look at history will show us that every great, long lasting nation was based upon a free market and on a form of capitalism. The political structure may vary from monarchy to autocracy to theocracy -and the form of government even within successful nations may change as time passes, but all were based economically upon a form of capitalism. The failure of great nations came about as a result of either greed and abuse, incompetence (which often leads to being conquered by a neighbor), or an attempt to change to a socialist society. The only examples of “successful” socialist nations were both short-lived (in the context of history) and were cropped up by totalitarian governments. They were societies that left the people no choice or say in how they were governed. They all ultimately failed and were replaced by smaller governments based on capitalist principles.
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