Copied this off Instagram. This kind of crap right here is why we can’t have nice things.
“PLEASE, please, please, do not make the mistake of thinking that socialism is communism. It is not. Without a sense of socialism there would not be an armed forces, a police force, roads,libraries, the coast guard or even any sense of law under which we know we need to live to be free. When two or more people meet and have a discussion of the issues, for the purpose of forming a path towards civilized behavior, and the path is agreed to by the majority of the people through the principle of free will, that’s socialism. Communism is the principle that a very few people get to create the life style under which the majority has to live. Venezuela is communist, not socialist, because the people have no say. Bernie Sanders principles of government are communist, not socialist. Communists use socialism as a means to control the people. All the people. Everything. Including capitalism. Under the rules of communism capitalism dies. Which is why Venezuela is dying. And which is why, if the Progressives,who are really communists in nature, continue to lead, America will continue to get sicker and sicker until she, too, will die. Chaos is coming.”
Apparently “socialism” is just unicorns and butterflies romping in a field of flowers. There is no “free will” in socialism, there is only what the government plans for you. There is no private property under socialism and there is no ability for ” two or more people meet and have a discussion of the issues” and do anything if it is not what the central planners in the government have decided is he right thing for the people.
At least this person got it right about Comrade Bern.
Hayek defined socialism. Ludwig Von Mises defined socialism. Neither included the exercise of “free will” as being a feature – pretty sure free will and freedom of choice ranks pretty low on the list of Things Socialists Like.
Being the helpful person I am, I posted this little supportive note:
“You really need to pick up a dictionary because your definition of socialism is actually the definition of capitalism in a representative republic. Here’s the definition of socialism according to Webster:
Full Definition of socialism
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
But that’s just me, I’m caring like that.