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“Tax the rich, feed the poor,
‘Til there are no rich no more”
— “I’d Love to Change the World”, Alvin Lee of British group Ten Years After
“Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all”
— “Taxman”, George Harrison of British group Beatles
British author Anthony Burgess wrote the remarkably prescient book “A Clockwork Orange” in 1962. Though brilliant the film version obscures the author’s conservative vision of British civilization destroyed by the welfare state, and of liberals preventing science from curing criminals and ending crime.
When Maggie Thatcher became UK PM, their top tax rate was 95%, millions of working-age males like Alex and his droogies were on the “dole”, unions ran the national coal industry at a loss. Maggie reversed the socialist decline, and saved the UK, inciting punk musicians to sing bad things about her. Maggie inspired Ronald Reagan, a former Democrat and union boss, head of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Reagan did the same in the US which is not nearly as socialist as the UK, so his actions were less dramatic.
To me this is obvious: equal-outcome systems like unions and socialism stifle competition and incentive, and ultimately the will to achieve, work or even live. If we look at Obama’s record: he increased welfare dramatically, food stamps, SSI and Obamacare, particularly to minorities. The result is lower labor participation, 70% unemployment among black youth, higher crime and murder rates, rampant opiate addiction among all ages and races, Federal debt has doubled.
The Rio Olympics showed the failure of socialism not only because of socialist Brazil’s polluted beaches, ex-communist President under indictment for corruption, crime so rampant police unions warned tourists to not come. But also because the two most free-market large nations in the world, US and UK, were #1 and #2 in gold medals. The premise of equality of outcome is incompatible with excellence in athletics, or anything else. Unions and socialism cannot compete with free market, at anything.
That is why Marxists attack the free market and meritocracy, in favor of socialism and a welfare state that makes us compliant children and dependent juvenile delinquents. Marxists are social engineers who want to control us, and thereby rule the world. That is why George Soros just gave $35M to Black Lives Matter, to foment Marxist revolution here in the US and the destruction of Western Civilization, aided by Muslim terrorists brought into Europe. Americans are experienced in democracy not revolution. So Obama is importing illegal Latinos, with long experience in Marxist revolutions.
Is that crazy? Anthony Burgess did not think so, way back in 1962.