Capitalism or Socialism: Which One Is More Democratic?

What is the difference between free-market capitalism and democratic socialism? And which system is actually more fair and responsive to the needs of the people? Here’s a hint: names can be deceiving. Dinesh D’Souza has the answers.

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Why I Love America

By Dennis Prager – Re-Blogged From Prager University

Dennis Prager has traveled all over the world. But at the end of every trip, he returns home with a new appreciation for America. Why? Because no country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has.

This video is sponsored by Colorado Christian University. CCU is offering a $1,000 scholarship to PragerU subscribers for online classes through CCU Online. Go to Prageru.com/ccu to learn more.

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Graduation 2020: The Covid Class

The 2020 graduating class faces challenges unlike any class before it. Uncertainty looms at every turn: job prospects, social interactions, and many other aspects of “normal life” once taken for granted. So what lessons can be learned from this unparalleled situation? Dennis Prager offers three.

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South Dakotans Throw Parade for Gov. Who Kept Her State OPEN

‘I took an oath to uphold these constitutions. My role with respect to public safety is something I take very seriously…’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Citizens expressed their thankfulness to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who refused to submit to the coronavirus hysteria and shutter her state, by throwing her a parade.

Firetrucks blasted their sirens and American flags waved on trucks as the vehicles circled Noem’s residence, The Blaze reported.

Noem posted a video of the parade on Twitter.

Conservatives Are the Real Environmentalists

[Fracking frequently is used following horizontal drilling, but they are two separate concepts.  –Bob]

Environmentalists are certain conservatives don’t care about clean air and clean water; that they’re happy to trade the planet for profit. Is it true? Do conservatives really care more about green pockets than green forests? Michael Knowles offers a much-needed new perspective.

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What Was Revolutionary About the American Revolution?

By Allen Guelzo

Everyone knows the basics of the American Revolution: thirteen North American colonies revolted against British rule and won their independence. But there’s much more to the story: the American Revolution, of all revolutions, was a game-changer for the entire world. How so? And most importantly, why? Renowned historian Allen Guelzo explains.

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Is Denmark Socialist?

By Otto Brøns-Petersen – Re-Blogged From Prager University

Socialism has failed across the world – from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to China, Vietnam, North Korea and, most recently, Venezuela. So now the left references countries like Denmark as “proof” that socialism works. Otto Brons-Petersen explains why they’re wrong: Denmark is just as capitalist as the United States.

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America Isn’t Falling Like the Roman Empire. It’s Worse.

By Larry Kummer – Re-Blogged From Fabius Maximus

Summary: Many people ask if America is falling as did the late Roman Empire. The good news is no, we are not. The bad news is that the Republic is falling as the Roman Republic did in its last generation of life. Rome’s people grew weary of carrying the burden of self-government, extinguishing a light that took more than a thousand years to reignite. We walk the same path. But we can change course, if we act soon. This is a revised and expanded version of a post from 2016.

What can preserve our liberty? “I answer, the genius of the whole system; the nature of just and constitutional laws; and, above all, the vigilant and manly spirit which actuates the people of America; a spirit which nourishes freedom, and in return is nourished by it.”
— James Madison in #57 of The Federalist Papers.

SPQR - the symbol of the Roman Republic
The Senate & People of Rome.

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Socialist Democrats: “No Borders, No Wall, No USA At All”

By Michael Snyder – Re-Blogged From Freedom Outpost

No matter how globalism is repackaged, it always smells the same way in the end. For decades, the globalists have subtly (or sometimes not so subtly) been moving us toward a world in which national borders have essentially been made meaningless. The ultimate goal, of course, is to merge all the nations of the world into a “one world socialist utopia” with a global government, a global economic system and even a global religion. The European Union is a model for what the elite hope to achieve eventually on a global scale. The individual nations still exist, but once inside the European Union you can travel wherever you want, economic rules have been standardized across the Union, and European institutions now have far more power than the national governments. Liberty and freedom have been greatly restricted for the “common good”, and a giant horde of nameless, faceless bureaucrats constantly micromanages the details of daily life down to the finest details. With each passing day, the EU becomes more Orwellian in nature, and that is why so many in Europe are completely fed up with it.

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100 Years of Socialism Summed Up in 100 Seconds

By Mateus Kadesh – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Daniel Hannan is a brilliant MP (Member of Parliament) in the European Union from the United Kingdom. He is a conservative thinker who has used his quick wit and superior intelligence to thrash many leftists who attempt to defend the indefensible (mainly liberalism).

In a short video for Russia Today’s online network Hannan takes less than 2 minutes to explain why socialism is the most detrimental idea to have taken root in the last century.

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When Will Free Markets Emerge?

By George Smith – Re-Blogged From http://www.Silver-Phoenix500.com

If someone asked you to define “free market,” could you?  Could you do it on the spot without recourse to dictionaries or other crutches?

There’s an old tale about the origin of the term “laissez-faire” that gets to my point.  Here’s the write-up in Wikipedia:

The term laissez faire likely originated in a meeting that took place around 1681 between powerful French Comptroller-General of Finances Jean-Baptiste Colbert and a group of French businessmen headed by M. Le Gendre. When the eager mercantilist minister asked how the French state could be of service to the merchants and help promote their commerce, Le Gendre replied simply “Laissez-nous faire” (“Leave it to us” or “Let us do [it],” the French verb not having to take an object).

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Individualism vs. Socialism

By Herman Gazort – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

Some instincts are rights, not all instincts are rights, not all rights are instincts. You have a right to PROTECT your life, liberty and property. Some instincts are not rights. You do not have the right to steal what you covet, although that may be instinctive in some.

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Back to Economic Basics

   By Bob Shapiro

My blog is about 2½ years old now, and I’ve had well over 30,000 views. Articles automatically also get posted onto my Facebook page, where a larger number of my friends see them; most of the comments show up on my Facebook page.

While I still write posts myself, the lion’s share are re-posts from friends around the world who write well on the issues which are important to me (hey, it’s my blog). Many times, I fall into the trap of forgetting that many (most?) readers have zero training (and less understanding) of the subjects I blog about.

Because so many people (Americans and not) have no real clue about the good that is Capitalism and the benefits that each person enjoys because of Capitalism, I’d like to go over a few basics. So, this is for the good people out there who say things like, “He can afford it,” and “He’s just greedy and only worrying about making a profit.”

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Your Money or Your Life

By Herman Gazort – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

The armed robber puts a gun in your back and says it simply and frankly. The Marxist socialist says the same thing with more words.

As a matter of fact, the socialists main tool is words. They weaponize them by redefining concepts. They take a privilege and say it is a right. A socialist redefines himself as a “liberal” to confuse liberty with socialism. They redefine “tolerance” to confuse mercy and impunity and brand justice as “intolerant.” Now they redefine perversion as “sexual preference” so that soon pedophilia, necrophilia and animalism will be as “acceptable” as homosexuality. They have converted emasculation into “sensitivity” and masculinity into monstrosity, but in their insane rebellion against truth, the most “feminist” of “feminism” go to the most antifeminists of beliefs — Islam. In recent cases they are trying to convert immigration — a privilege by any sane standard — into a “right” for the purpose of eliminating nationality and thus national defense, sovereignty and patriotism. Socialists in judicial power will continue to do so until executive power stops their abuse and enforces constitutional law.

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(Congratulations for standing up for RIGHTS President Trump.)

Globalists say they’ll take your money and kill you (wage external war or internal strife) if you don’t accept their debt based money, or accept their conditions of interest and political policy (like “human rights,” “social justice,” “tolerance,” “political correctness” and, eventually “global government and the New World Order.”) — These will use the money they created from our future to wage street protests and make nations fight each other Russia or China if you reject their money, their debt or their conditions, like not “bailing out” their banks with our future and the future of our future generations. Your money or your life — same concept different words.

In the “Affordable Health Care” plan, the globalists are, saying that they’ll keep you from even getting into a hospital if you don’t pay a big and ever increasing deductible or accept an unpayable debt. Same concept different words.

Communists say we’ll take your productive facilities or we’ll kill or throw you out. So they do, and the only thing they prove is that bureaucrats and politicians can’t produce, because they only know how to steal. And when the leaders only know how to steal, the people can’t learn how to produce. But they do learn how to steal from each other, so parasites eat parasites. In the early stages people have to wait in long lines to get bread, soap or toilet paper. In later stages, they hunt and eat each other. Same concept different words.

Fascists say, you need to buy our protection from competition with higher taxes or we’ll tax you to death and send criminal elements to shut you down. So, the net effect is big, inefficient, corporations that produce goods of less value for more costs, because of their overhead to government and banks. Honest, hardworking, creative competition dies out, and so does the morality of exchanging value for value. Same concept different words.

What dies is sovereignty, for the individual and the nation.

With the loss of sovereignty comes the loss of freedom. True freedom, the responsibility-driven freedom of doing the best and promoting the common good instead of the average bad of giving in and taking in so that you get some loot. It is, in essence a gradual loss of values which comes at a gradual increase in price. This is what religion calls selling your soul to the devil. The bigger the religion, the more formalized is the acceptance and “tolerance” of the average bad. Now, Marxism is the biggest religion.

The same concept — Your Money or Your Life.

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Robert Shiller Is Shilling for Socialism

By Peter St Onge – Re-Blogged From Mises.org

The Nobel Prize just gets cheaper and cheaper. Recent laureate Bob Shiller graces the New York Times with his latest rant that free-markets stink, bolstering his argument by making stuff up.

For starters, Shiller writes that America’s wealth “can be attributed” to regulation. Well, sure, it “can be attributed” to Zeus. Or sunspots. In the real world, America became the richest country long before the regulation age, and that position has been eroding ever since. Maddison (2007) estimates that by 1913 — before the New Deal regulatory explosion — the US was at $5,300 per person PPP (purchasing power parity), against $3,500 in Western Europe, $1,500 in Latin America, and $700 in the rest of Asia and Africa.

A similar pattern occurred in Europe, where the richest countries of the pre-modern age, Britain and Holland, used relatively free markets regulated by tort, while the rest of Europe mired hobbling markets with regulation and diktat. So, the story isn’t that regulation made the West. It’s that low-regulation economies soared ahead of the rest of humanity until socialists clipped their wings.

Indeed, Shiller doesn’t even seem to believe his own fantasy, writing, “The Thatcher-Reagan revolution a third of a century ago was a turning point away from market regulation, with mixed results.“

Here, the phrase “mixed results” is a red flag that the data doesn’t support his argument. Because Shiller would be kind enough to share the data if it did; it’s not very hard to look up GDP figures. And what do GDP figures tell us? That in Reagan’s eight years per capita GDP adjusted for inflation rose 3.5 percent per year. Compared to 0.7 percent in the previous eight years and 1.5 percent in the following eight years.

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Bernie Sanders’ Socialism In One Lesson

By Michael J Hurd – Re-Blogged From Capitalism Magaine

Socialist and Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders:

You can’t just continue growth for the sake of growth in a world in which we are struggling with climate change and all kinds of environmental problems. All right? You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country. I don’t think the media appreciates the kind of stress that ordinary Americans are working on. [Source: cnbc.com 5/26/15]

Do you like Sanders’ statement, or do you find it foolish and absurd? If you find it foolish and absurd, can you say why?

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