Free is a wonderful sound bite for politicians. It should, therefore, be suspect. As with many things political, the implication of the word and the meaning of the word are quite different.
Free, in an economic sense, means without cost. Clearly in that sense nothing can be free. Everything has a cost. Politicians however have created another meaning. In their lexicon, free means without payment.
Without payment and without cost are vastly different issues. Without payment implies someone else will make the payment and the user will be payment free. Politicians are prepared to have the government be the payor and many voters overlook the problem.
It is two part
If we would like rich people to pay for more things on our behalf, we need more rich people. The few we have cannot make it work.
Socialism creates dependent people and capitalism creates independent people. If you want more rich people, you must support the system that creates them. Without the rich, there will be no money for the government to spend and consequently no free stuff.
American writer, David Horowitz provides a useful summary:
“In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy. In the vast library of socialist theory (and in all of Marx’s compendious works), there is hardly a chapter devoted to the creation of wealth to what will cause human beings to work and to innovate, or to what will make their efforts efficient. Socialism is a plan of morally sanctioned theft. It is about dividing up what others have created. Consequently, socialist economies don’t work; they create poverty instead of wealth. This is unarguable historical fact now, but that has not prompted the left to have second thoughts.”
Find the middle where common sense can reign.
Socialism makes distribution of wealth the key, while capitalism makes the creation of wealth the purpose. Eventually people find they cannot distribute what does not exist. With elections on the horizon, the study of precedent can provide useful insight into what could work. Socialism can’t work and the left is unwilling to address that point. Pure capitalism is unacceptable too.
We should seek a responsible middle ground we can all accept as producing wealth and distributing fairly.
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