"There is one place you have not looked—and it is there, only there that you shall find the master."I was reading an article on American Thinker today when I opened this one: 'Single Payer' the wave of the future. It was a short and well-thought-out discussion of that cancer known as Obamacare and its inevitable mutation into malignant single-payer healthcare. Single-payer healthcare—or nationalized healthcare—or socialism. The idea of allowing a sector of the American economy to be managed by the same people who run the postal service should give you pause, especially when that one sector of the economy accounts for one sixth of our GDP.
Socialism and communism—to me—are basically the same thing. I suppose some people will want to split hairs about this but the basic idea behind both of them is essentially the same thing—forms of collectivism. Communism is the eventual and much to be desired goal of socialists. Their Marxist theory states that it is necessary to impose some variant of socialism to get there. The vaunted goal of collectivists has always been: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. The process of getting there has always been the cause of the arguments. Mostly the method tried is a totalitarian state with the power to exert as much force as necessary—up to and including genocide if that is finally what it takes.
Of course, we adults understand that communism can't work because human-beings aren't naturally generous or hard-working. People are naturally selfish and lazy. No biological construct that evolved by being the fittest of its species could ever be capable of the complete selflessness necessary for true communism to succeed. Therefore socialist regimes have decided that they'll just kill off the truly selfish—in the same way that the KGB killed off Russian land-owners—Kulaks—for instance. This idea of killing off the undesirably selfish would—I assume—be in the way of reworking Darwin's theory of natural selection from survival of the most fit into survival of the most selfless. I.E. artificial selection?
If you watch the very young at play you will inevitably witness true human-nature in action. You will see childish personalities unvarnished by the unnatural protective coating of civilization. Children don't really give too much consideration to the feelings of others or to the opinions of others in the decision making process. They honestly don't care very much at all what anybody else on Earth thinks. They just want what they want and that's the only thing that matters to them. This is why adults have such a hard time. Many adults apparently don't understand that "fair" to a kid means the kid got what he wanted, and unfair means he didn't. Thus parents, teachers, and other authority figures usually find it completely impossible to—for instance—give one particular child a piece of candy or a toy if there are other kids under their care and looking on. Every single kid wants some candy; every single kid wants a toy, too.
We assume that when these kids grow up, they'll grow out of this perfectly natural overwhelming self-interest, but of course as is made evident by the antics of the progressive wing of our political world, nothing could be further from the truth.
Adults still want what we want of course, but as we mature we finally understand that other people won't just give us whatever we want, just because we happen to want it. That's what it means to grow up; it means that we understand that other people have feelings; other people have opinions; other people have rights, and they're not our slaves. When you finally understand this basic and fundamental concept, you begin to understand that communism and socialism are childish notions that only someone who has never properly matured could ever think would ever work. A selfish child who regards the world as his toy-box and all its people as his slaves is the kind of person who'd enjoy being one of the leaders in a collectivist regime.
This idea I'm about to explore already has another name, but since all the really smart people with PhDs have awesomely-intellectual-sounding names for their theories like "Critical This Theory" and "Critical That Theory" I've decided to rename the concept of capitalism to Critical Self Theory. CST In understanding why individuals make the decisions that they do, you can begin to see a definite pattern emerge as individuals consistently make decisions which tend to promote foremost their own self-interest. You can see this in the wild; you can see this in kindergarten; you can see this in a variety of capital markets, and to a lesser extent on the playing field, or in a boardroom. This idea that a person looks out for himself first is the one essential tenet of Critical Self Theory.
CST tells us that we view the world through a complex lens which tinges our perception of reality. This lens is an amalgamation of our fears, our desires, and our experiences. We desire the shiny car or the beautiful girl, but we're afraid of the 6'7" boyfriend and the grand-theft-auto criminal charges. Our experience has already taught us to be afraid of attempting to just go take possession of either one. There is a process required to legitimately get what we want, and it is often the case that this process is so difficult that finally we accept the fact that there are some things we will probably never have. I always wanted to have a spaceship, for instance. Even though I understand that NASA has one or two of those, my experience leads me to believe that NASA will probably not agree to give me one, without a fight.
I suppose that the biggest mystery remaining for me is how it's possible for so many people on Earth to have grown into adulthood and yet still think and behave as though they were little children? At some point you'd think that everyone would finally grow up and stop thinking that mommy and daddy will be there to give them whatever they demand. However, there's still apparently billions and billions of adults who're fine with some committee demanding that those without a requisite share of candy and toys are, for this reason alone, due their 'fair' share. They want the government to make the one-percent share their toys with the ninety-nine-percent.
Progressivists are like small children who see another boy playing with something that they want. They want the thing and so they go to their parents and they demand that the parents go and take the thing that they want from the other child. When you take this classic archetype of self-centered children and then you apply it to the behavior of collectivists—Democrats, liberals, progressives—you finally have a ready blueprint that fully explains their worldview. There are now billions of grown children who are waiting for mommy and daddy—big government—to make the mean-old one-percenters share their toys with everyone else. It doesn't matter how those rich kids got those toys.
If you've gotten this far, it's a good bet that you're not a progressive, but for the one or two of you who've gritted your teeth and waded into this maelstrom of bonk-bonk-bad-kid, I have a solution for you. See, the problem you collectivists have is that the rest of us don't want to be your slaves. Now I know that is shocking to you. All this time you thought that the rest of us were put on this Earth to do what you want, and here I am saying that this just isn't so. But there's still an answer to your age-old dilemma: how to give everyone everything they ever wanted and the answer is not by turning the rest of us into your slaves either.
I'm looking forward now, not too far forward just a decade or two. I'm looking ahead into a misty future filled with robots. There're robots to do every man's job, and every woman's job for that matter. There're good-looking robots—prettier than your childhood crush. There're strong robots—stronger than any stevedore ever imagined being. There're skilled robots able to perform more complex and exhausting neurosurgery than any MD ever dreamed of. I see a world chock-a-block full of billions and billions of hard-working robots making products, performing services, from each robot according to his ever-growing ability to each human according to his ever-increasing demands. Yes at some point, the world will grow too complex for puny biological constructs such as yourselves with your inferior and defective meat-brains to comprehend. It will at that point be necessary to let wiser circuit-boards prevail. Don't let this get you down. You'll have all the milk, cookies, and nap time you're ever going to need.