The lure of Socialism

I am not a bit surprised at the Rasmussen poll that shows Capitalism is favoured only by 53 percent of American adults. Whats even more normal (about the poll result) is that the younger you are, the greater the support for Socialism.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey reveals that adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better.

I had myself flirted with Socialism when I was younger and I starkly remember why. One, I didn't have much sense then and tended to believe things that 'sounded better'. Like Socialism meant happiness and prosperity for everyone. Two, the lack of sense coupled with socialism 'sounding and seeming' better (read, perception) was a potent combination. Potent enough to entrap me.

In effect that's what makes Socialism irresistible. Perception-wise Capitalism can't come any close to its arch-rival Socialism. Any given day socialism positions itself as the better bet with grandiose illusions. Like I said, peace and prosperity for everyone. Happiness, equality and justice on earth. The takers for this illusion are many. Count college going youth, empty headed celebrities and college professors (read, liberals) minus me, in.

The only way to get Americans drunk on the prosperity that capitalism brought to see the light is to ship them to Cuba, Venezuela or places like that. A few days of misery and voila, the truth will dawn, pronto.


Unknown said…
That 'Truth will dawn' is true. But all that these people who 'preach' about Socialism do is talk-talk minus action. What looks good on paper needs to work too or else all that remains is the paper itself.

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