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    Rand Paul: America should reject the false appeal of socialism
    By Sen. Rand Paul

    The biggest threat America faces is not the enemy without but the enemy within. As America’s memory of the horrors of socialism fades, some are tempted by the false appeal of socialism.
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    While America drifts toward the socialism of Western Europe, Western Europe regulates itself in the direction of Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, the failed Soviet satellites of Eastern Europe yearn for the freedom and prosperity that made America great.

    For decades, the economists of free markets have demolished the arguments of the socialists. Not only did socialism intertwine itself with the Soviet gulag and the Holocaust of national German socialism, but socialism just plain did not work — and millions of people starved to death because of it.
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    What defect caused socialism to fail?

    Hayek used the word “conceit” to describe the flaw inherent to socialism. In Greek, I am told the word is eparsi, or arrogance. It is precisely an elitism or form of arrogance that underlies socialism.

    Socialism relies upon a belief that planners are smarter than the rest of us — that a complicated economy requires central government planning.
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    Socialism crushes the free distribution of knowledge.

    America is threatened because we’ve begun to forget what made us great. America has begun to forget that socialism does not work.

    America’s survival is not dependent on the outcome of some misbegotten battle in the mountains of Afghanistan but rather is dependent on the will of the people to be free from the arrogance of big government, aka socialism.

    Essentially, the argument for capitalism is two-fold. First, it is a matter of liberty. The bigger government gets, the less liberty you have.

    Second, it is a matter of prosperity. That America is the richest and most humanitarian nation in recorded history is no accident. Our prosperity is directly linked to our freedom.
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    Not only do I wish my country to remain free and prosperous, but I also hope that other countries aspire to join in the great benefits of the free market.

    America, like Greece, faces a mountain of debt. Nothing guarantees that America will not someday suffer from insurmountable debt as Greece does.

    The lesson is clear for Greece and America: choose less government and more freedom, and your debt will slowly wither away.
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    To play the devil's advocate - would the national debt be higher or lower if US were a socialist country?
    The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    To play the devil's advocate - would the national debt be higher or lower if US were a socialist country?
    Yes
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    You do know that you are a moron right?

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    Just for the record, 99% of the time I say "In my country........" I am actually messing with you people because I know you guys have absolutely no idea what happens in my country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timosman View Post
    To play the devil's advocate - would the national debt be higher or lower if US were a socialist country?
    You must mean a "more" socialist country. Socialism is spending. More spending leads to more debt.
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    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
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    You know you have serious problems when Rand has to mention that it is not supposed to have appeal .

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    Good article

    Glad he mentioned that the NAZIs too were socialists, as should be obvious from the name, but gets forgotten.
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    -Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

    "The monarch is a responsible person. The fact that a monarch is responsible "to God alone," rather than to an assembly or a popular majority, is rather shocking to an agnostic mind; but while God cannot be fooled, the masses can. While it is perhaps true that "one cannot fool all the people all the time," it seems one can fool millions for centuries."

    -Ibid.

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    The cronies need debt, because they need the petrodollar. The cronies need war, because they need the petrodollar. Between Wilson, FDR, and Johnson, the individual is tethered to the federal government. Taxes and entitlements keep the system in place. It's socialism without a safety net.
    All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
    -Albert Camus






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