Socialism

Democratic Socialism in One Poster

Featured image Have you heard? Democratic socialism is the bright new future. New and improved! Not like that old kind of socialism that produced gulags, corrupt governments, and mediocre economies. It’s kindler, gentler socialism, all warm and fuzzy and friendly. And . . . oh, wait: Chaser: »

Tweet of the Week: “Democratic Socialism” In Action

Featured image This, from the Democrats’ shiny new object, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: I assume this is not a parody account, but someone is going to have to explain to me how democracy, rather than socialism, generated 40,000 percent inflation, etc. I’m also confused. I thought the socialists have won all the elections in Venezuela for the last 20 years. I’ll look forward to Ocasio-Cortez explaining how much worse it would be if they »

Actually, Socialism Does Work

Featured image John Sexton embeds entertaining video of Tucker Carlson and Cornel West, and offers a good explanation of why socialism always fails, from the perspective of the vast majority. He focuses on a good question that Tucker asked West: If democratic socialism works, why doesn’t Venezuela have toilet paper? The video is embedded at the end of this post. Of course West’s answers are lame–“real” socialism has never been tried, blah, »

Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Socialism

Featured image In the Democratic Party, socialism is all the rage. Socialist Bernie Sanders probably would have won the party’s presidential nomination in 2016 if the DNC hadn’t had its thumb on the scale in favor of Mrs. Clinton, and the Democrats’ new “star” is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist like Sanders albeit a far younger one. And how many times have we heard that socialism is sweeping the nation’s campuses? Of course, »

A Work in Progress (1)

Featured image I have begun building momentum toward my next book, which is one reason why my posts here have become a bit intermittent. I am not yet ready to reveal the topic, or even the working title (though I think it is a good one), because both may well change considerably as things unfold. I also may actually have a co-author for this project, if I can talk her into it. »

Socialism’s Victory Tour

Featured image The liberal press tells us that socialism is ascendant. College students, apparently, are largely socialists. And some think that Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, etc. are dominant, no matter how stupid they may be. I can’t explain why so many American liberals don’t care whether socialism works. Maybe liberals are just dumb. Perhaps there is another explanation that I can’t think of. But happily, most people care about what works. Michael »

What Alfie’s all about

Featured image Twenty-three month old Alfie Evans was held for nearly a week without care against the will of his parents in a Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool until he died yesterday. He could have been cared for in a Vatican hospital if the British authorities had let him go. The British authorities denied him care to avoid his or their suffering. The basic facts of the case are set forth by »

Why We Hate the Media, Chapter 12, 879

Featured image A lot of liberal media types are deploring the deplorable people who deplore the media because of the result of this chart drawn from Gallup survey data showing that Democratic trust in the (Trump-hating) media is soaring, while discriminating people (that is, Republicans) continue to have less and less regard for the media: Surprise, surprise! I wonder what could be causing this “polarization”?  Maybe things like this, from the newspaper »

The Perils of “Neoliberalism”

Featured image Hang around a campus long enough and you’ll soon get wind of the great bête noir of the left these days: “Neoliberalism.” When I first started hearing the term, I thought back to the early 1980s, when old line liberals like Charlie Peters of the Washington Monthly were trying to work out a “neoliberal manifesto” to go up against the highly successful neoconservatism. In fact Peters and Philip Keisling produced a »

Not Even Baseball Can Survive Socialism [with comment by Paul]

Featured image We have documented, from time to time, Venezuela’s descent into the final stages of socialism. You know you are nearing the end when people eat their pets. But that’s not all: Patrick Reusse, a veteran sportswriter at Minneapolis’s Star Tribune, notes that even baseball is abandoning Venezuela: Bill Smith was in charge of setting up a training academy for the Twins that opened in Bejuma, Venezuela, in 1995. There was »

CNN: Socialism Is Cool!

Featured image CNN might have surpassed MSNBC as the dumbest media outlet on the planet. This is how CNN commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday: – He's an environmental hero – He was a socialist before it was cool – He never let a political disagreement turn nasty Many Americans have turned MLK into a safe holiday mascot, but some say King still speaks in ways that go beyond civil rights https://t.co/zMBtSBfPIm »

Children Are Starving Under Socialism

Featured image Today’s New York Times has a long article, replete with photographs, on starving children in Venezuela. The situation is grim: Hunger has stalked Venezuela for years. Now, it is killing the nation’s children at an alarming rate, doctors in the country’s public hospitals say. Venezuela has been shuddering since its economy began to collapse in 2014. Riots and protests over the lack of affordable food, excruciating long lines for basic »

Today’s Laugh: Real Socialism!

Featured image I’m sure most of our readers will know the old laugh line that “real socialism has never been tried.” Guess what? The World Socialists actually believe this! Below is a chart they’ve put out putting us all in our places (and putting people in their places is what socialism is all about, no?). Notice how both North Korea and Venezuela are both “capitalist” countries. Best laugh I’ve had since the »

Socialism Causes Underage Prostitution

Featured image Adam Smith said there is a lot of ruin in a country, but Venezuela is getting ridiculous. How much lower can socialism drag that once-prosperous place? Venezuelans have eaten their pets and raided zoos for dinner; now, Telemundo reports (via Breitbart) that thousands of Venezuelan girls are turning to prostitution out of desperation: A report from the American Spanish-language channel Telemundo recounts a 13-year-old girl’s experience of the sex trade. »

Marxism: The Key to Health?

Featured image The Lancet is a once-respected medical journal that has been taken over by leftists, in a sad illustration of O’Sullivan’s Law. Its contents now alternate between respectable articles on technical medical subjects and leftist propaganda like this article, by the Lancet’s editor in chief, Richard Horton. Horton argues that Marxism represents the best path forward for medicine. Of course, Marxism wasn’t the route to good health for the 100 million »

Stumping Sanders

Featured image I missed the town hall debate on tax reform held earlier this week in Washington between Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. Hosted by CNN, the debate may have been missed by many Power Line readers. The Daily Wire’s Robert Kraychik draws attention to one of the highlights with the question put to Sanders by Cruz: “What is the difference between a socialist and a Democrat on taxes?” The question »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image I think Ammo Grrrll is observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah today, but she filed this one before sundown on Wednesday. You are therefore empowered to profit from EAT THE RICH! She writes: Remember when Rachel Maddow had the big scoop of “somehow” getting hold of one of President Trump’s tax returns? Never mind that every way of getting such a thing involved illegality. It was supposed to be »