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If you refuse to learn, what right do you have to lead?

That’s the real question we should be asking as a nation.  Why is it that social questions keep being asked every generation?  Why do we have such a systemic problem with learning from history?  One would have thought that since Communism (Socialism on steroids) has failed every where it has ever been tried, that we would learn from that here in the United States.  Yet we have many proponents in the United States that seriously want a full blown Communist society to take root here.  As an offshoot to that philosophy we have another, larger, segment of our society that is all for great socialism.  They’re the ones loving the new ObamaCare foisted on us this past weekend.

Larry Elder expounds on this subject today over at townhall.com.  As the piece ties nicely into recent posts of my own, I wanted to comment on some of his points.

Communism collapsed under the romantic but bankrupt notion of “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Taking from the productive and giving to the unproductive does damage to the incentive of both parties. European countries — “social justice” democracies — produce comparatively few private-sector jobs. Europe suffers from high taxes, choking union agreements that make it virtually impossible to fire unproductive or unneeded workers, and government policies that mandate paid vacations and other job-killing benefits.

What made the American experiment so different in history from every other nation was reliance on self, and limited government accountable to the people.  Government was meant to provide defense, but to generally get out of a person’s way otherwise.  Here, in the United States, you had opportunity commenserate with your desire.  In Europe — especially today — you can see the opposite spectrum of experimentation.  The end of the spectrum where government is responsible for providing all services to its citizens and where the philosophical connection between governed and government is all together different from our own.  I’ve been to Europe many time and there is crushing taxation there.  All those services cost money!  And you see the same general lack of incentive in Europe to excel as you did in the Soviet Union where the famous axiom existed that “if you pretend to pay us, we’ll pretend to work”.  We’re slowly, but surely, slipping over to that side of the spectrum and it is quite disconcerting.

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