|Socialism is failing right now? Who knew?|
I often say that history is full of examples of failed or damaging economic systems, and we should look to those examples as predictors of likely outcomes from solutions that various groups are proposing. I can understand when people like to discount historical evidence. It’s easy to say that the “conditions were different,” or that there are nuances that change the perspective. But what I don’t understand is why some people ignore contemporary examples.
I’m talking about all the economic problems that many European countries are having. I’m not going to use
as an example, because I think their problems are not as similar to ours as other countries may be. Greece
I’m talking about
. They’re going to pass austerity measures in the very near future because, gasp, they simply can’t sustain their social programs with such shitty growth. I can’t speak as to why their growth sucks because I’m not an expert on economics, and I’m damn sure not an expert on Italian economics. Italy
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So why are Liberals ignoring this when Conservatives tell them we need to scale things back a bit? There’s no mistake in arguing that the Democrats want the American welfare state to closely resemble that of European countries like
Britain, France, and . So when we see even these countries failing to support the people on the back of the people, why do they still want it? Italy
I’m failing to understand why some people think the solution to our economic woes is to adopt a system that is suffering even greater woes than ours. I’ve tried to debate this very point with the folks at Crooks and Liars, and usually what I get is some dig on about how capitalism is evil and how it has destroyed all the socialist countries. They then say that the massive bill of the social programs in
Europe is not to blame, and the austerity measures are all barbaric and what not.
I’m not sure what planet they’re living on, but countries like
Greece and are not going to get out of their holes by borrowing more money. Spending more money does not always equate to positive economic growth. What they seem to not understand is that the Keynesian model might work in a vacuum, but in reality the money multiplier has proven to not work very well for countries that already have sound infrastructure. Look at where the money multiplier theory has taken us. Italy
Whatevs, I guess. We’ll just have to listen to them continue to blather on about how socialism is awesome and
Europe does it better, all the while knowing that they’re only executing an exercise in cognitive dissonance.