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Seven Questions for Young Socialists

In the past several years it seems that socialism (the ever-increasing control of a strong central government over the means of production and distribution) has become much more appealing to younger people in the United States. Many now proudly call themselves socialists.

Self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders had no trouble at all gathering huge crowds of young people during his presidential campaign. And of course, at Antifa riots, there are plenty of red flags being waved around by the "protestors" (sometimes with a hammer and sickle emblazoned on the flag).

So, since socialism (including its more tyrannical forms: communism, fascism, nazism) has become more appealing to young people in the United States today, I have a few serious questions to ask them. These questions are to incite serious thought, not invectives or slogans or platitudes (which is what I get in response much of the time when I have debated committed socialists). Kindly think about these questions, and if you think it is worth it, pass them on to your friends.

1. How much of what I earn belongs to you, and why?

If you are an able-bodied person, why should you be able to live at others' expense? What moral authority do you have to justify your actions? What would you think if I were to go door to door and ask people to contribute to my bank account, or my retirement? And yet, plenty of people do this every day, expecting others to hand over their hard earned money to a benevolent government which will then "fairly" redistribute income to others they deem are more worthy.

How does a government of bureaucrats know how to do this fairly and justly? Where do such geniuses come from and how can we find them?

Please listen to Walter Williams' ideas on income redistribution:

Here are his thoughts on social security and the cure for poverty from a libertarian economic model:

2. What economic theory has lifted more people out of poverty than any other?

When you look at the history of America and compare it with other nations in the past 400-500 years, you see a very interesting phenomenon. America, in contrast to other nations, has not had a famine since the days of the Pilgrims.

We've had hard times, to be sure (the Great Depression), and people have gotten mighty hungry (the Native Americans on reservations, prisoners in the Civil War, the Donner party, etc.), but America has not had a famine in which thousands or millions of people have starved to death. The Soviet Union did every few years (some, as in Soviet-occupied Ukraine, were on purpose to eliminate enemies). China under the leadership of Mao Zedong had a massive famine in the Great Leap Forward. The New York Times published an outstanding article on how Mao's collectivism killed millions.