Thoughts on equality from Milton Freidman

Equality of outcome (everybody ends up with the same) is a naive pipe dream. Unfortunately it is a dream that the left still clings to. Milton Friedman dedicates an entire chapter of his book Freedom To Choose on the subject of equality. It is a clear, logical and unsentimental look at the best way to achieve true equality. The conclusion of the chapter sums it up best:

“A society that put equality-in the sense of equality of outcome-ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.

On the other hand, a society that puts freedom first will, as a happy by-product of freedom, end up with both greater freedom and greater equality. Though a by-product of freedom, greater equality is not an accident. A free society releases the energies and abilities of people to pursue their own objectives. It prevents some people from arbitrarily suppressing others. It does not prevent some people from achieving positions of privilege, but so longs as freedom is maintained, it prevents those positions of privilege from becoming institutionalized; they are subject to continued attack by other able, ambitious people. Freedom means diversity but also mobility. It preserves the opportunity for today’s disadvantaged to become tomorrow’s privileged and, in the process, enables almost everyone, from top to bottom, to enjoy a fuller and richer life.”

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The real problem America is facing

Human nature never changes. The founders of this country understood human nature. That is one reason why they were able to create the greatest country in the history of the world. There thoughts and opinions are as relevant today as they were 230 years ago. We should heed their advice.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”    John Adams

 

Recap of August 30th Westside 9-12 meeting

Team,
    We had a very good discussion about socialism at our last meeting. I believe that a large percentage of people who call themselves liberal or Democrat really do not support the positions that the modern day Democrat party stands for. A good way to determine if someone truly believes in Leftist ideology is to view this video from Dennis Prager that can be found on our blog: https://westside912.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/are-you-a-liberal/  I think the video does a good job describing why so many people believe they are liberal when they most likely are not. You can also refer anyone to Mr. Prager’s website http://www.prageruniversity.com/ where they can take the test “Are You a Liberal?” http://my.ewebtest.com/slea_showassessment.asp
    We also talked about the attached document. Since I believe that a significant percentage of people who identify themselves as Democrats are actually conservative, I thought I would put together a  document that would help explain what socialism is. If you come across an open-minded person who may not understand the Leftist ideology that they vote for, this document along with the video and test may open their eyes. This is not meant to dissuade true Leftists from their cause. It should be used to make sure a person truly understands the difference between left and right. Once they understand they can then decide for themselves which side best fits their own code of ethics. The information in the documents was gathered from multiple sources but mainly from listening to Dennis Prager’s radio show. He is a very thoughtful man and I encourage you to visit the website listed above and view the many videos he has available. I have also put the information on the blog for easy reference.
Mike
Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday September 14th – 5,000 Year Leap
Monday September 19th – 9-12 meeting
Wednesday November 30th – 9-12 meeting

All meetings are at the Green Township library and they begin at 7 PM.

Thoughts on Socialism

This is the information that was on the document from our August 30th meeting.

Characteristics of Socialism:

1. High unemployment

2. Immigration needed to support it.

3. State responsibility not personal responsibility.

Reasons Socialism is not a viable system:

1. The bigger the government the smaller the citizen: The more the state does things for
people the less they will do for themselves and others.

2. Giving people things that they do not work for destroys their character. The recent riots
in the UK and the US are examples of the socialist state failing.

3. Socialism preaches two conflicting ideas: A large tax base is needed to provide endless
benefits and people are encouraged to have a small number of children. You have to have
positive population growth to have a large tax base to provide the benefits. Even if the state
did not discourage reproduction (it does) socialism makes people selfish and less inclined to
have families. Because of this, socialism is only sustainable for a few generations. The only
way to keep it going beyond that is to import large amounts of labor from other countries.
These people usually do not assimilate (at least in Europe) and end up wanting to change
the government of the host country.

4. As government expands innovation will decrease. People will look to become bureaucrats
not entrepreneurs.

Thoughts on socialism:

1. A helping hand is a controlling hand. – Paul Rahe

2. The urge to save humanity is always a false front to for the urge to rule it. – H.L.
Mencken

3. The state will expand as religion contracts. When religion ceases to exert influence over
behavior more laws will need to be passed to regulate behavior. – Dennis Prager

4. Cruelty increases as bureaucracy increases. – Hannah Arendt

5. What one man receives without working for another man must work for without
receiving.

6. Marxism/Leninism is the bloodiest system ever devised. Over 100 million have died
under socialism in the twentieth century alone.

Thoughts on other Leftists beliefs:

More (forced) equality = less liberty. The left believes we should be equal in outcome but if you impose equality you will lose liberty.

A “right” does not impose an obligation on anyone else. The right to free speech does not obligate your neighbor. Many rights that the left claim (housing/healthcare/welfare) obligate someone else to pay for them so it is not truly a right.

The left is bothered more about equality than poverty. They would rather have everyone in poverty as long as everyone is equal.

The Left’s vision of equality: life should not be hard. It is better for all to suffer equally than to have some suffer unequally. They want to change the system that works best for most to a system that is fair, even if more suffer.

A fundamental leftist belief is that people are basically good. You do not need to teach goodness (i.e. religion). If someone is evil it is caused by society not the individual.

Another leftist belief: good intentions are more important than good results.

When the left speaks of compassion it is for groups not individuals.

The left demonizes what is flawed and substitutes it with what is worse.

Political Correctness is a politically correct term for Totalitarianism.

The tragedy of the Self Esteem movement is that self esteem cannot be given. It has to be earned.

Liberalism appeals to the most selfish (this is what we will give you) and the most idealistic (we will help others). It is not altruistic (giving of yourself for others).

Secularism is not a vehicle to end human cruelty.

The left around the world hate America because America refutes leftist ideology. America & its success prove that leftism is not the path to prosperity.

People who view themselves as victims are more likely to victimize others.

The Left never ask if something is good for society, only what is good for the individual. In most cases leftist beliefs are bad for society as a whole.
Virtue to the Left is taking the right position on issues regardless of your behavior.

Leftism as a religion: beliefs are more important than reality. They must pursue Leftist belief system regardless of outcome.

Why is a Pro-Life position close-minded but a Pro-Choice position open-minded? They are both absolute.

Leftist Press: Liberal/Left is normal so it needs no adjective. Conservative is abnormal so it needs to be noted. Liberals are not identified in the press but conservatives are. Also the press uses the word Islamophobia to describe opponents of Islam but they never use Christophobia to describe anyone opposed to Christianity.

Leftist portray America as evil in order to expand the state. You can’t expand the state if America is good (there would be no reason to).

Every generation has to battle evil but they also have to battle the foolish. The foolish get in the way of the battle of evil because they do not understand evil.