America a socialist country? Maybe | Mark Pettis

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Could our great republic become a full socialist country? Many believe it would be easy to go from a capitalistic country to socialism and are campaigning on the idea.
Socialism has been tried over and over again in country after country and it has always failed. Some here will say we are already a socialistic country because of all the entitlements we offer to so many. To name a few, Medicare, Medicaid, housing, day care, heating assistance, food allocations, primary and secondary education are among them. Full socialism that ruined many countries and empires such as Venezuela and the Roman Empire adopted the same idea.
If America had never started these social programs it would be harder to convert to pure socialism but is gaining strength program by program. Once you move to the edge of a precipice it doesn’t take much to get tipped off the edge. Socialism is based on the theory “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
The principle refers to free access to and distribution of goods, capital and services made possible by the abundance of goods and services that a developed socialistic system will be capable to produce. The idea is that with the full development of socialism and unfettered productive forces there will be enough to satisfy everyone’s needs.
Simply stated, in the beginning this could work because it’s our nature to better ourselves, but as more people are benefitting from achievers, the money taken will dry up because less will try to achieve.
I could go on and on about this subject but I would run out of ink. This short letter is intended as food for thought.
Mark Pettis

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