Mike Kolls (L) for Congress

United States House of Representatives
Texas District #24 - map

email - Rep@tx24.us

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Which Economic System?

Free Market, Socialism, or Communism?

 

Without clear definitions, economic systems (or any choice/decision) are merely emotion or personal interpretation. If my definitions (bottom of page) are inaccurate, this discussion must be recast with amended definitions.

 

THE PEOPLE or Gov’t?

The diagram (right) identifies theoretical “levels” of gov’t involvement.

The first question is - Who picks the economic system? THE PEOPLE or Gov't?

The options are mapped using the diagram for comparison:

By Whose Authority?

What should gov’t do concerning the economy? What role belongs to THE PEOPLE? Who is the sovereign and who is the servant? Which option is the correct level of gov’t reach into the daily lives of individual citizens?

My position (Libertarian thinking) is the arrow; Volunteerism plus arbitration. Arbitration is included, if selected by (only) those in conflict. And if arbitration is NOT successful, those involved can bring the dispute to the courts.

 

The Trend

The United States federal gov’t has grown/usurped significantly since 1865. The rate of growth, since 1913, has been alarming. Each activity usurped by gov’t takes choices away from citizens. Life-changing and impactful decisions are no longer made by citizens.

In the wake of the “Affordable” Care Act, our federal gov’t is increasingly pursing Socialism, incremental steps to greater central control. The role of gov’t has greatly expanded beyond the original design detailed in The Constitution of the United States. This is unfortunate and dangerous.

Today, many polls and surveys suggest that millennials agree with Socialism. Our youngest adults are frustrated with the system being against them. Their support of Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) bears this out.

Lenin Said What?

Is there a difference between Socialism and Communism? Is this difference merely semantic? On this question (and on this question only), I agree with Lenin. There is little discernable difference; the pursuit of either one leads to Communism – full control of resources and decision/choices by a self-selected few (gov’t) upon a society.

… some are more equal than others…

With Communism, there are the “leaders” (tyrants) and ... those without; just like 18th century monarchs. Senator Bernie Sanders’ pursuit of Socialism is a certain road to Communism – oligarchy and a multitude of subjects stripped of Natural Rights.

 

List #1

Please review the following questions. Score “1” for each statement you agree with.

Each adult citizen has:

  1.   The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
  2.   The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
  3.   The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
  4.   The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
  5.   The right of every family to a decent home;
  6.   The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
  7.   The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
  8.   The right to a good education.

If your score is greater than zero, you may skip List #2.

List #2

Again, score 1 for each statement that you agree with.

  1.   Abolition of individual land ownership and abolition of all rents. Land should be used for public purposes. (The abandonment of private property rights)
  2.   A heavy progressive or graduated income tax; the “rich” pay more.
  3.   Abolition of all right of inheritance.
  4.   Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5.   Centralization of credit in the hands of the gov’t, by means of a national bank with gov’t capital and an exclusive gov’t monopoly.
  6.   Gov’t centralization of the means of communication and transportation.
  7.   All factories and production facilities owned by the gov’t; all land and soil managed by a gov’t master plan.
  8.   Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of gov’t led industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9.   Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries;
  10.   Gov’t central plan to equitably distribute citizens within the country.
  11.   Free education for all children in public schools.
  12.   Abolition of children's factory labor and combing education with needs of gov’t led industrial production.

 

Are You a Socialist?

These 2 lists are Socialist demands/objectives.

List #1 was proposed by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1944. It is nearly identical to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They were both rejected by Congress (whew!).

List #2 are the 10 Demands of the Communist Manifesto (1848).

 

In the United States?

IMO, nearly 70% of List #2 has been institutionalized in the United States. We are, contrary to the Constitution of the United States, in-part a Socialist nation.

And, List #1 is today’s Progressive Playbook. Is human want the same as a right? And then, is it govt’s “responsibility” to provide it?

“Entitlements”?

Is a person entitled the effort of another person? Is “need” a justification for receiving the effort of another person?   NO.

Within the healthcare debate, is the service of a doctor conscripted upon request/demand? Should he/she receive a lower fee (imposed by gov't) to care for a low income citizen? I hope you see this process flawed.

Other federal schemes effect what providers receive for their service... also flawed.

 

 

The Free Market:  the idea that in order to get what I desire
 I must first do something for someone else. (generosity) 

Socialism:  The idea that I should get something
simply because I exist. (selfishness)

- Unknown

 

Definitions

Free Market - an economic system in which prices and wages are determined without gov’t interference; each exchange is made when both parties benefit. This system fosters competition… which lowers prices for consumers.

Capitalism - an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained by private individuals or corporations. Gov’t is NOT involved with the means of production, distribution, nor exchanges.

Socialism - the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles – per Marxist theory.

Democratic Socialism –socialism, achieved by a gradual transition by and under “democratic” processes. This system is championed by Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT).

Communism – a social organization with gov’t holding/controlling all property.

 

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