Although we have been warned by some of the greatest political thinkers of the 19th century, by Tocqueville and Lord Acton, that socialism means slavery, we have steadily moved in the direction of socialism.  (Emphasis added.)

Friedrich Hayek, in The Road to Serfdom

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Arrogance and stupidity run in tandem, and socialists are one proof of this.

You see these folks deny history by ignoring it.  Educated they are not. Especially the intellectual class housed in the colleges and universities – hidden from the world of the hourly wage and heavy lifting.

The former chairman of the University of Notre Dame Department of Theology once said to me this: “The problem with Ph.D. professors is this – once they get their Doctorate they think they have nothing left to learn.”

Amen.  And so it is.  Does this not explain the mess the Left presents to us where it is given reign?

How many times does Bernie Sanders and his fellow travelers mention the shambles of oil-rich, contemporary socialist Venezuela?   Not many.  Better fiction than truth.

No mention of food shortages.  Or government threats of expropriation of private property.  Commerce-killing price controls.  Stultifying government regulations and inert bureaucracy. Government seizure of private farms and companies. A contracting economy. Government currency and import controls.

Who among the Left mentions the great runner Czechoslovakian Emil Zatopek who, in the 1952 Olympics, won the Gold Metal in the 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and the marathon (in his first ever attempt at it) in record-setting times? Who among the socialists tells us of how Zatopek’s Soviet overseers kept a constant watch on this national hero, tracked his movements, stripped him of his military rank, consigned him to collect trash, dig wells and work in a uranium mine?

In socialism: no one bigger than the smallest bureaucrat!

Yes, socialism destroys economies, people’s wealth and their spirit; and, it enslaves them and their heroes.

We have become ideologues, uneducated louts despite college education – indeed, in part, because of it.

… failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens the most fatal tendency – – the belief that the here is now is all there is.

Allan Bloom, in The Closing of the American Mind

Shalom.

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