Americans Used To Teach Their Kids About Why Socialism Doesn’t Work. Why Don’t We Today?

An old World War 2 era cartoon called “Make Mine Freedom” explains why socialism and communism don’t work. Americans used to teach their kids about why socialism and communism don’t work. So why don’t we do that today? If you have someone that you know could use a good lesson in the failures of central planning, share this video with them for a brief reminder of the dangers of too much government.

  • Jon Fye

    Because socialists have taken over our education system, that’s why.

    • PaxMentis

      And our government…

  • William

    Now adays we teach our kids that social works “on paper” and capitalism works but is a necessary evil. No wonder our kids flock towards socialism, we’ve given up the moral high-ground.

    • Landon Walsh

      This. This. This.

      That Moral high-ground is the defining philosophical power of a culture.

      Like you said Capitalism is described as a necessary evil, and given a blatantly obvious Marxist description devoid of any moral significance in education: “Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits.”

      Give that definition to a society that views Selfishness and profit is evil and you have a very blatant result. A society that sees the use of FORCE & Violence against other men, the destruction of morality and rights as acceptable means in order to control and create the ends of their altruistic social engineering of society.

      Never-mind the fact that Economically there are ENDLESS examples of how the capitalism actually serves the poor extravagantly better, and that the more capitalist, the more the poor prospered and rose up through the ranks, and the more state control meant Starvation, suffering and DEATH.

      Never-mind the fact the Politically there are ENDLESS examples of how these populist democratic Demagogues will Steal by hook or crook from others to give to others for the sole purpose of increasing THEIR political dominance, and eventually in many many many cases turning into complete Totalitarianism and Rule…

      Capitalism is Evil! Selfishness is Evil! And you should be ASHAMED for doing well…

      Instead of…

      To quote Rand:
      “Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned.

      The recognition of individual rights entails the banishment of physical force from human relationships: basically, rights can be violated only by means of force. In a capitalist society, no man or group may initiate the use of physical force against others. The only function of the government, in such a society, is the task of protecting man’s rights, i.e., the task of protecting him from physical force; the government acts as the agent of man’s right of self-defense, and may use force only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use; thus the government is the means of placing the retaliatory use of force under objective control.”

      “If the good, the virtuous, the morally ideal is suffering and self-sacrifice—then, by that standard, capitalism had to be damned as evil. Capitalism does not tell men to suffer, but to pursue enjoyment and achievement, here, on earth—capitalism does not tell men to serve and sacrifice, but to produce and profit—capitalism does not preach passivity, humility, resignation, but independence, self-confidence, self-reliance—and, above all, capitalism does not permit anyone to expect or demand, to give or to take the unearned. In all human relationships—private or public, spiritual or material, social or political or economic or moral—capitalism requires that men be guided by a principle which is the antithesis of altruism: the principle of justice.”

      • Helen Kistler

        The socialist definition of capitalism and also the Randian definition of capitalism is each politically biased. Capital is the value of a controlled item or quality. Capitalism is the belief that people can and also have the right to control, save and/or trade items and controllable qualities.

        • Landon Walsh

          Politics is a branch of Ethics. Political systems without moral implications are meaningless. You can’t have a Non-bias definition of a political system without taking away its ethical meaning.

          “Capitalism is the belief that people can and also have the right to control, save and/or trade items and controllable qualities.”

          Even with that definition you can not escape using the word “Right” which is a moral concept.

          And since Politics is based on ethics… What is the inevitable result of a culture that applies a moral meaning to Socialism.. and a non-moral meaning to Capitalism.

          A culture that favors Socialism.

    • chrisvh45

      Socialism is just wrong and really destroys society. Plato in his later work admited his errors in thinking that a state and elites would do what is right for the people. Greed is always wrong that is what we need to teach and no better way to show mans Greed than to look at the tyrants who promote socialism or statism. Look at how they kill and opprese in the name of protection and safety. Look at how they hinder progress and openly oppress good hardworking people. Captilism is the granting of private property and personal responsibility only a coward would not want to live in the capitalist society. Because of his cowardice to stand up to the state, his laziness and belief that it is another persons responsibility to make sure his family has what it needs.

  • chrisvh45

    Progressivism has been here before world war 2 and it has only grown since world war 2. I think in general people do not understand the difference between right and wrong and prefer not to be in the know. They in general prefer to be told how to act and what to say rather than someone ever say I will not do that and I will not say that. It is their laziness and lack of understanding that is the problem. The argument goes all the way back to Aristotle and Plato. Plato is the one who wanted the state or government and taught that only the learned could make decisions(Gnostikio). Aristotle say the dangers of this and how man could be mislead by these people in charge and made honesty his measuring stick on equality.

  • VL123

    Baby Boomers were born.

  • Calvinius

    So your question is, why don’t we lie to our children anymore?

  • Helen Kistler

    Because many small-scale socialist systems have been working inside capitalist cocoons.