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The mess left by socialism is very complex. At present, the collection and redistribution of wealth to those apparently in need is just a money go round.
All tax comes out of production, whether that of a company or its employees. A company makes profit, and then the government/mafia creams off a percentage. This is tax. Thus, the company must pay a lower wage, a wage that is further diluted by taxing the employee's wage as well.
The government then supplements what the employee receives by providing 'benefits'. These are paid out of the tax taken from the employers and employees. (Another portion of the tax goes in paying the government minions who collect and redistribute the tax.)
The Scandinavian countries reckon they had got away with their socialist schemes because those countries were already wealthy, but even more so because their societies had 'social capital' - that is, people were responsible and disinclined to cheat. I think that also applies to the UK.
Socialism disincentivises, and thus discourages 'good' behaviour. Thus the system of motivating individual betterment gradually break down. This has occurred in Sweden, where the government is now being forced to roll back the nonsense. (See a cautionary tale - incentives change cultures.)
Socialism is far more deleterious than most people grasp or understand.
As long as they remain socialists and dedicated to that cult, it is inevitable that 'New' Labour will leave behind chaos and catastrophe. That is deep in the nature of the creed.
It is essential to realise that religious extremists never ever question their religion. Their religion is held as an act of faith and cannot ever possibly be considered in error. Therefore, questioning it , including by apologising for past errors, would be ridiculous and a waste of time. Or even apostasy.
Socialism is a fundamentalist religion, it is not a political party or a point of view. It is a unquestionable revealed truth
Independence is not a socialist value - clearing up the New Labour mess.
Before the general election, the Mirror would have been whining about the mean and heartless Conservatives.
Read the whole item.
The following extract is from a speech protesting against the Liberals who moved towards the Socialists. Hence the misuse of 'Liberal' to this very day, to mean Socialist.
These new Liberals were called 'State Liberals'.
The Socialists welcomed them, but complained that the Liberals were telling the public too plainly what they intended, while the Socialists wanted to hide the intentions.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire creates more jobs that the whole of France,
Ed Miliband likes François Hollande, but what do the French think of their President?
[Hollande received a boost from the Charlie Hebdo jihadi murders in February 2015, which is now fading away again.]
Why isn't Miliband down on 14% or lower?
The truth that dare not speak its name.
The more houses the Conservatives build (house building is already advancing faster than the last 20 years), the greater will be the downward pressure on house prices.
The middle classes rely on house prices for much of their wealth and income.
Open the doors to backward east European nations, house prices rise in the absence of building.
Offer those struggling, more 'benefits', and they become dependants. Of course, those benefits have to be taken from those that work.
Conservatives seek to get more people independent through work.
The followers, the incompetent and the lazy like dependence. They want the State to be their mummy.
Independent souls, the workers, want to run their own lives.
They want daddy to tell their siblings to grow-up, to stand on their own feet. They don't want weaklings around them who keep touching them for a 'loan', which they know full well will never actually be paid back.
There is a choice - the Mummy State, or the Daddy State, or even a balance between the two.
Socialists will never offer or provide a balance, let alone an independent state. That goes totally against their cult religion/dogma. They will even try to get the workers to build houses for them, which they will then take into their own control, hiding this under euphemisms like 'social housing. Why work for the State if you can't get ahead?
What you see in society is the direct result of how people think and how they see the world. It is not some inscrutable accident.
So get socialism, get laziness - what's the point?
Get socialism, get dishonesty - the State steals from you at every opportunity, why be honest?
Why work for a State that takes ever more of your freedoms? And so the 'black' economy emerges: as the only way to survive becomes to trade outside the purview of the State.
Thus, the agents of the State become despised. The police are not trusted and the politicians are not trusted. The rule of law steadily breaks down.
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