I remember when I was in college; I fell in love with Marxism. It’s easy to see why a lot of kids fall in love with Karl Marx and his ideology because hey, everybody wants a free lunch. I mean, think about it: Socialism, or it’s more extreme variant, communism, is all about the free lunch.
Karl Marx had a famous saying: “To each according to his need from each according to his ability.” Sounds awesome on paper, right? But if you have been working for some time and you know how people actually are, you know that this is the biggest pile of crap ever. A moral feces is what it is.
Why? Well, Karl Marx is basically justifying people who don’t want to contribute to have some sort of moral claim on the output, work product, and sacrifice of the people who do. That is really all that it boils down to. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that his history has born this out.
Communism has never worked precisely because it misunderstands human nature. You have to remember that we’re not related by blood. It’s not like we’re in the same religious organization. It’s not like we share the same cultural values.
So when you get all these different people who are essentially strangers to each other and expect them to share resources, what do you think will happen? That’s right. It’s the tragedy of the communist. People would basically keep taking, taking and taking without bothering to give anything back.
As a result, all public good dry up immediately. It doesn’t matter if it’s a green square, a body of water, animals to be harvested, you name it. The will disappear until and unless the state steps in. So pure communism is a non-starter, which then highlights the need for some super state, and this is what really happened in history.
The state stepped in and basically shot anybody who did not follow the rules because everybody was supposed to be equal. Everybody is supposed to get freebies, and this is imposed at the end of a gun. As Chairman Mao Zedong said, “Power roles out of a barrel of a smoking gun.” So what do you think happened? That’s right. Millions of people were dead.
Communism, according to conservative estimates, has killed more than 100,000,000 people in the years it was being implemented and continues to kill people in places like Venezuela, Cuba, as well as North Korea. This is no joke. It is a form of mental cancer.
Thankfully, there is an alternative to this: Capitalism. Capitalism is all about voluntary exchange. Do you want something? Well, give me something of value and I will give you what you want. That’s how it works. And as long as this voluntary exchange system is preserved, there will be a lot more freedom, a lot more goods, and a lot more convenience.
Why? People would bend over backward to invent stuff that other people would want. People would come up with new processes so people would no longer feel inconvenienced or uncomfortable. Life gets easier and easier and people would make money.
This all takes place because capitalism understands human nature. Humans are always asking “What’s in it for me?” so if you please other people, you provide value to them and they gladly give you back value. That’s how millions of dollars are made. That’s how Capitalism works and in its raw form, it is joined at the hip with freedom.
In fact, I would argue that Capitalism would not be possible without a heavy dose of personal freedom.