America now fighting battle of the 'ISMs'

Posted 3/17/19

To The Editor:With the 2020 election on the horizon, it’s apparent the battle will be over the "ISMs":  socialism, communism, progressivism, fascism, capitalism, and the list goes on. So, …

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America now fighting battle of the 'ISMs'


To The Editor:

With the 2020 election on the horizon, it’s apparent the battle will be over the "ISMs":  socialism, communism, progressivism, fascism, capitalism, and the list goes on.

So, what’s the difference between them? What does history tell us? What do people of the world tell us? What “ISM” do the different governments of the world govern by?

Capitalism, in its purist form as the founders intended, is the only form of government where individuals create wealth and keep 100 percent. All others confiscate and consume — and at some point 100 percent — the wealth that individuals create. The founders knew this and wrote the Constitution based on the capitalist form of life.

So, what is the duty of the government under capitalism? How is the government funded — a detailed plan saved for a future letter — if the individual is allowed to keep 100 percent of the wealth they create? It’s a relationship between man and state that is contractual and reciprocal!

Responsible people pay their bills. Constitutionally the government’s rightful duty is the protection of its citizens' right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness! There is no guarantee of happiness, only the freedom to pursue it. Neither entity hurts the other, nor steals their belongings, and all keep their promises!

History proves there has never been a way of life that has served mankind better. The poorest among us live better than all other nations of the world today and in the past.

So, why would anyone want any other “ISM?" Is America still a pure capitalist form of government or are we slipping into a moribund? When you’re indoctrinated from K thru college with the writings of Marx, Engels, Dewey and Keynes, to name a few, and never study Menger, Von Mises, Adam Smith, Aristotle and many others, it can be hard to explain to voters why they should have to buy their own health insurance when the other “ISMs” are offering it free! What about the other “ISMs”?

The difference in the rest is like buying an ice cream cone. Some people like chocolate (communism), some vanilla (socialism) and others strawberry (progressivism), but they’re all ice cream cones! Voters like it so much they vote the same people into office with 80, 90 and, in some cases, 100 percent of the vote.

Thousands are trying to get into America any way they can and vote the same “ISM” into our country? They love the free education, free healthcare and free housing these “ISMs” offer in their country and they can’t wait to get here to get rid of this awful capitalism. All these rich billionaires, it’s just not fair. So, if capitalism is the only form of government that creates individual wealth, how do the others work?

In the game of Monopoly you pass “go” and collect $200. Under socialism, communism, progressivism, you pass “go” and pay 70 percent of your $200 in taxes and divide the rest among the other players.

A better example might be a league. One team is made up of doctors, another scientists, and a third factory workers. There are no winners or losers. Every game ends in a tie. All the players are paid the same. How many light bulbs, cellphones or vaccines would be invented?

So what’s wrong with “free”? Wouldn’t it be great to get free healthcare? What if someone gets elected that believes it’s OK to kill babies as well as old people or handicapped people? What if they didn’t like the way you vote?

The debate is always the same. With capitalism, the rich never pay their fair share. Who are the rich? The owners of Walmart are billionaires. I shop there and they never force me to buy at the point of a gun. They never send me a tax bill and they never threaten to take my home if I shop somewhere else. Compare that to the “ISM” governments of the world and how they do business.

Thomas Paine said, “The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from its government.” Unfortunately, we have a Congress today filled with profligacy and voters ready to send them back for more.

— Ed Huber

Copperhill, TN


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