“From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.” “Take from the rich; give to the poor.” “When you spread the wealth around, it is good for everyone”. It’s not like President Obama thought this up on his own.
At least Karl Marx recognized that people have different abilities, an objective reality that American socialists today can’t seem to grasp. But at the end of his life, after observing his theories put into practice, Marx renounced them, writing “I am not a communist”. He came to realize that exclusion of private property was a fatal flaw in his theories, because self-interest, not the need of others, is what motivates humans to produce.
And everyone has heard the story of Robin Hood, but most retellings omit the crucial detail that changes the entire point of the story; the money he took from the rich was stolen from the poor in the first place. The real moral of the story is that money rightfully belongs to those who earned it – we Libertarians have been trying to tell you that all along.
That leaves President Obama and Congress to be set straight about socialism. And let’s just call it what it is. How else would you describe a tax system that takes according to ability and an entitlement scheme that distributes according to need? How is “taxing the rich” not taking from the rich? When you claim ownership of the entire planet to “save” it, is there any private property rights left to infringe upon?
How does need justify taking? This is the morality of the rapist, the looter, the con artist, the cannibal. Who taught us it was enlightened, compassionate, and progressive? Why did we listen to them? Why do we let them teach our children?
Socialism fails because it rests on a false premise; namely that people of greater ability will continue to produce for the benefit of people of lesser ability. They don’t; they quit producing, and then they leave. Look around, many already have.
Each week, over 1,000 people leave our highest-tax states and relocate to lower tax states. These are rich people - the most able and most productive citizens of states like New York, California, New Jersey, and here in Wisconsin. Our “progressive” tax system will net 7.75% of zero once they leave, and hundreds of jobs go along with them. It’s not like we weren’t warned enough times that it would happen.
The capitalists in Texas, Tennessee, and New Hampshire are quite happy to welcome them, along with the wealth and employment these refugees bring. Who is surprised that those states are outperforming us economically? Did we learn nothing from the two Germanys, two Koreas, and two Chinas? Did we think it would be different here? Did we forget know how we came to be prosperous in the first place?
When Europe turned to socialism in the late 19th century, the United States was the beneficiary of a massive wave of immigration. Who came here? The most able, the most ambitious, the most independent, and the most honorable Europeans left there to come here. They came because we valued Liberty, industry, charity, private property, honesty, equal opportunity, faith, and profit. They rejected entitlement and sought opportunity. That’s what people of great ability do.
Men of lesser ability remained to claim their entitlements and plunged Europe into economic collapse, war, pestilence, famine, and disease; hastening the evolution of their socialist governments into their most pure and brutish totalitarian forms – communist Russia, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Militarist Spain. It was not by accident that these regimes rose up there; the socialists were in charge. They have still not recovered.
And why now, do you suppose, that China and India are prospering? Do you think that two thousand rice farmers had a meeting one day and decided to build a toy factory instead of planting the paddies? Do you think a peasant woke up and simply guessed how to design an electric motor? How to construct a skyscraper? How to find deposits of ore buried deep underground? Did a billion Chinese people come over here to copy the secrets of American productivity? No, our most productive people went there. And can you blame them for leaving?
We drove them out. We taxed them and regulated them and told them they couldn’t do this and couldn’t do that. We stopped them from drilling, mining, logging, building factories, refineries, steel mills, power plants, ships, transmission lines, railroads, and dams. We told them they were less important than a salamander.
We seized the money they earned and chided them when they complained. We deprived them of energy, materials, and labor they needed to make the things that we needed even more. We called them exploiters, imperialists, polluters, greedy, immoral; we restricted their pay and forced them to pay us more. We called their profits “excessive”, while our claims on their wealth knew no bounds.
We told them in a hundred ways they were not wanted here; and then we blamed them when they listened to us and left. We got what we wanted; they are not exploiting us any more.
Our socialist government is not just bad, it is deadly. When all the producers are chased out of this nation, we will be left with only the cannibals and parasites that lived off them, and a government that has no means to keep us alive.
That GS-9 over there at the U.S. Department of Agriculture can’t feed you. You need greedy capitalist farmers, imperialist corporatist agri-businesses, and politically incorrect truckers to have food to eat. My need didn’t put a single gallon of milk in the fridge; some unknown farmers’ desire for profits did that.
And why should he keep getting up at 4 AM when we take 46% of his earnings? Will he go back to tilling his fields by hand when we cap his energy use and shut down his tractors? No, he will quit farming and we will starve.
Even then, Tammy and Nancy and President Obama will not admit they are wrong. It is not important that they do; it is important that they are removed from power before we reach that day.
This campaign is not about gaining control over the levers of government power; it is about dismantling that machinery before it is too late. It’s about you reclaiming your Liberty from the socialists in both parties who have taken it away, bit by bit, over the past 50 years. It is about returning the greatest nation the world has ever known to greatness, so that the worlds most able come here again and we all prosper.
Vote Libertarian. Vote for Tim, Not Tammy.
Tim Nerenz is the Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd District. To support Dr. Tim's campaign, please visit the campaign website at www.timnerenz.com