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Rebekah Koffler: Socialism in America – a warning to my adopted homeland about the evils of this system


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As Afghanistan burns – with American citizens left behind enemy lines by Joe Biden, at the mercy of the murderous Taliban – the socialists in Washington are not sleeping.

After investing $ 2.2 trillion of your money in yet another failed nation-building project, the leftists, led by chief confiscator Bernie Sanders, come up with more plans on how to squeeze 3.5 trillions of dollars more to American workers. Sanders is determined to achieve his stated goal in August 2020, “We need to elect Biden first, then keep pushing the country further to the left.”

As an immigrant to America from a socialist country, I am grieved by my adopted homeland’s monumental shift towards socialism. I have to warn my fellow Americans about what socialism really is.

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Let me put in context what the promises of free and equal for all really mean by elitists like Sanders.

Socialism is an evil system, incompatible with freedom and democracy. It doesn’t work because it’s based on unrealistic theories that ignore human nature. He failed everywhere. And it could destroy America too.

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Socialism idealistically seeks a government to create complete equality in society and end suffering – a noble sounding idea. To achieve this goal, the government promises to give everyone the basic necessities of life, regardless of people’s merit for their salary or their desire to work. However, he must find the money for all these necessities. Historically, socialist governments have confiscated wealth and income to pay for it. At the end of the day, the government manages everything.

The lessons I learned as a child are worth repeating to young Americans today. The first problem with socialism is not only that socialists end up running out of other people’s money, as Margaret Thatcher once said, it is also that socialist societies stop producing wealth altogether. If people cannot keep the wealth they create, they stop creating it. Most people make the rational decision: to do a poor job because the same amount is paid no matter how hard they work.

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Once the state kills entrepreneurship, society will stop innovating. Do you know why Americans have a potato peeler, garlic grinder, and apple slicer in their kitchens, for example, while the Russians use a knife for everything? Because there was no financial incentive for Soviet citizens to create them. The same logic, tragically, applies to the creation of blood pressure drugs and cancer cures.

The second problem with socialism is that, as the scarcity of goods increases, those responsible for redistributing wealth begin to look after their needs first, rationing goods and services for everyone except for. themselves. There comes a time when society simply does not produce enough basic necessities, forcing ordinary people outside the state apparatus to cheat and steal in order to survive. Two distinct classes of people are formed: those who are part of the system (the privileged) and all the others (the oppressed).

In the Soviet Union, the elites of the Communist Party (we called them apparatchiki, because they were part of the state apparatus) had it all, and everyone was fighting. We were missing basic items such as toothpaste, pantyhose, toilet paper and sanitary products. Party members, who made up less than 10% of the Soviet adult population, shopped at different grocery stores, received treatment at different medical facilities, and had other privileges. Everyone, for example, had “free” medical care, but you only saw a doctor in an emergency.

Socialism is inhuman, forcing people to do unethical things out of desperation. My mother would steal meat from the food factory where she worked to feed our family. Our family was not particularly poor by Soviet standards, but there was nothing to buy. There simply weren’t enough goods and services for everyone, even though they were all technically “free”.

Over the past few years, I have increasingly felt that socialism is resurfacing in America.

A third problem with socialism is total state control over individuals. In fact, to be called an “individualist” has a pejorative connotation in Russian. Under socialism, since the state “takes care” of its people by providing everything “free”, it plays the dominant role in all spheres of life. It tells you what to do, where to live, what to wear, what to say and what to think. He censors everything.

There are laws and rules for everything. There is no free press, literature or cinema. Without religion. No presumption of innocence. No right. No property. The suppression of dissent is routine and brutal. Eventually, people start to censor themselves to avoid the persecution. You speak and seem to think “correctly”.

Socialism creates a “one percent” and “ninety-nine percent” society, except that the one percent are those who redistribute wealth, not those who create it. Having lived in a country where everything was “free” but nothing was available, I was terrified when I heard proposals for a single-payer, “Medicare-for-all” or “free college for all” medical system. “.

Over the past few years, I have increasingly felt that socialism is resurfacing in America. The rise of pervasive political correctness, growing intolerance towards religious people, and alienation and even attacks against people whose views do not conform to mainstream orthodoxy remind me of my youth in the USSR. I find myself repeating the same warnings to my children that my mother often gave to my sister and to me: “Don’t believe everything you hear on TV, think for yourself and hold your own opinions and those of yours. private family.

Ironically, just as my parents tried to protect me from the untruths and brainwashing of Soviet schools by explaining to our table the truth behind the Soviet indoctrination, I found myself removing my children from public schools and placing them in religious schools in order to avoid heavy and biased government sponsored indoctrination.

It was painful for me to watch my little ones come home and talk about how oppressive America is when I know firsthand what oppression really means. I also couldn’t bear to see my kids come home sad and confused because they just weren’t old enough to be bombarded with all the sex garbage that school was throwing at them under the rubric of “family education.” “. Family education, in my opinion, really belongs to the family.

The fact that Big Tech and the mainstream media are taking on the role of spokesperson and influencer for government is frightening. Silencing those who express “incorrect” opinions by distorting them on social media, banning their books, and blacklisting them to make sure they can’t make a living – just because they are. away from the “party line” – is the method of totalitarian states. to suppress dissent and ensure full control.

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I sincerely hope that more and more of our fellow citizens wake up and recognize these markers of a sovietization of America so that we can regain the freedom of America where my mother sent me very young. I hope that Americans will retain the right to express unpopular views without fear of being ostracized by their fellow citizens or losing their jobs, continue to enjoy the presumption of innocence and due process, and be at safe from illegal government surveillance for having an “incorrect” policy.

Socialism inevitably results in stagnation and tyranny. If we do not want our nation to join the ranks of failing and oppressive socialist countries, we must fight socialism in America with all we have.

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