Socialists on the Left would have us believe that their “progressive” (an Orwellian term designed to obfuscate the fact that they are liberal–modern liberal, not classic liberal) ideas can work in the real world.
However, it only takes a cursory examination in the real world to realize these fantasies won’t withstand contact with reality.
One might say this is at or near the heart of the critical difference between the limited-government, pro-freedom Tea Party movement on the Right, and the big-government, central-planning and regulation-minded Occupy Wall Street movement on the Left.
Ironically, history and experience have already demonstrated to us beyond any shadow of a doubt which of these philosophies works in the real world and which one doesn’t.
The United States was founded on the values espoused by the Tea Party movement. We saw these values take a backwater set of colonies in a primitive environment to the world’s most powerful and successful nation (one that could unleash the power of the atom and send men to the moon) in less than 200 years.
A number of countries–including the Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba, China and others–around the world have for the last century struggled to implement the philosophy of the Left and the OWS movement. In every case, the result has been brutal oppression and economic stagnation, leaving some 100 million dead in its wake. The only partial exception has been China, which realized a few decades ago (when it saw the handwriting on the wall provided by other failing Marxist nations) that it would have to inject a limited free market into its system to provide capital to sustain its government machine (and China’s communist government still left millions dead in its wake to get there).
This video provides some insight into how and why these principles contrast, as well as how they work…or, in the case of liberalism, don’t work.
Take a good look. Maybe read Richard Epstein’s “Why Progressive Institutions are Unsustainable.“
Then vote accordingly in 2012.