Critical Thinking Definition: Corruption Scandals, Capitalism and Socialism
Our language has become so corrupted that we need to remind ourselves frequently of the definition of words—what words really mean—not just from new politically correct dictionaries, but from their context in history and experience. ~C.D.
They say capitalism, the rich get rich by stealing from the poor. No, that’s socialism. In socialism the middle class doesn’t have a chance of getting rich. In socialism the middle class, lower class, they are condemned. That’s where they are. If that’s where they are, that’s where they stay. Capitalism, everybody’s got a chance to move up. ~Rush Limbaugh
June 1, 2015
Rush Limbaugh Radio
History of Socialism
Bernie Sanders is a full-fledged acknowledged, admitted socialist. There’s a reason why he’s drawing flocks and flocks of people when he goes out.
RUSH: The Washington Post has a story today wondering why in the world people are so down on the economy. They can’t figure it out at the Washington Post, why people are so down on the economy. The economy? Yeah, it’s roaring! It’s like they’re not aware of the revised first-quarter growth rate of minus 0.7%. They talk about wages kicking up and jobs kicking up and productivity kicking up. They’re seeing things nobody else sees, and then they’re wondering why nobody sees it.
Perception is reality in politics, and if the American people think the economy’s in the tank — and it is. But even if they think it is and it isn’t, they still think it is. That’s gonna win the day’s attitudes.
It has everything to do with people’s perception of where they are in this country. It could be traced back. There was some old German economist at the turn of the twentieth century, the early 1900s, who was famous for asking, “Why hasn’t America gone socialist?” Because it was thought to be the natural thing for countries, populations, governments, to do, just like everybody by then in Europe had gone socialist.
Socialism, communism has been the way most people have been forced to live in the human condition. Now, communism existed long before it was called that, but I mean people living in tyranny, people who were not allowed freedom. So this famous German economist (I can’t remember his name) asked, “Why hasn’t America gone socialist yet?” There was a substantive answer to that. It was called “we, the people” in the preamble of the Declaration.
We, the people. The First Amendment. Freedom, liberty, and so forth. The government was not of primary import in our founding documents, the Constitution and so forth. But, in addition to that, there was no economic need for it. For socialism to be attractive, what do you need? Just a little pop quiz here. For socialism to be attractive to people, what needs to exist? (interruption) Well, yeah, “unrest and chaos.”
The thing that you need, the thing that needs to be in place, the thing that needs to happen for socialism to be attractive is for people to think they have no more chance at upward mobility. It’s when people think their chance at moving from the middle class to the upper middle class is over or really, really hard — and, more than anything else, just a crapshoot. Not guaranteed by hard work. Not the usual formulas to get there.
When they’re burned out, when people think that where they are economically is as good as it’s gonna get for their whole life, socialism looks really, really good. And that’s the answer. That’s why Bernie Sanders has drawn a lot of people, because to Democrats who are depressed and angry and dispirited every day, who have no hope of life getting better… Why would they? I mean, everything they believe in doesn’t work and they’re living in the midst of it.
Now, “American Socialism’s Day in the Sun,” this is the story dealing with way back turn of the twentieth century, this guy, some German economist perplexed why America, back in the early 1900s, has not gone socialist yet. And the answer to that is all rooted in the fact that everybody in America considered themselves in the middle class. You see, in socialist countries, people are so poor that what they aspire to is not the 1%, not the 10%. What people in socialist or communist countries aspire to is what we call lower middle class, in some cases middle class.
May 27, 2015
Socialism and Corruption Scandals
But I’ll just make one more point. If you have FIFA [International Football (Soccer) Association] over here and it’s a corrupt organization, and we know it is. I mean, it’s the way the world operates, a bunch of European socialists, for crying out loud. The only way anybody in Europe in a socialist country has any money is to be screwing everybody else. That’s what socialism does. The leaders make off with all the loot while the average, ordinary population thinks that they’re living the life of Reilly by getting handouts here and handouts there.
They never get rich. The guys running the show get rich. The only way they can do it is by stealing from everybody. They say capitalism, the rich get rich by stealing from the poor. No, that’s socialism. In socialism the middle class doesn’t have a chance of getting rich. In socialism the middle class, lower class, they are condemned. That’s where they are. If that’s where they are, that’s where they stay.
Capitalism, everybody’s got a chance to move up.
June 1, 2015
America was already compared to the rest of the world, and in world history, America was so far advanced economically, our people, our population, we already had a vibrant middle class that was just beginning in the turn of the twentieth century to dominate the world. So there was no need for socialism.
Socialism is viewed as a step up by people who want it and support it. But now we step forward, we jump forward to 2015, and we find that many Democrats and people on the left are eagerly anticipating a socialist America full-fledged admitted, no bones about it socialist America, and you know why? It’s because of downward mobility now in the American economy, not upward.
Timeline: 2008 – 2015
And here are the numbers to chew on ’til we get back and get into detail. As recently as 2008, 63% of Americans identified as upper middle or middle class. Seven years later, now, 2015, that number has fallen to 51%, 51% now identify as upper middle or middle class. Meanwhile, the share of Americans who self-identify as working and lower class has jumped from 35 to 48%, and that is why people like Bernie Sanders, avowed socialists, are drawing big crowds of leftists and Democrats, ’cause to them it’s a step up. It’s sad commentary on what has been done to this country.
May 27, 2015
I don’t mean to say there’s not fraud and corruption in capitalism. There’s fraud and corruption everywhere ’cause there are bad guys out there, bad women now, too, out there. It used to be there were no bad women, just bad guys, but now that women have positions of power, they’re corrupt, too. Slap me. It’s true.
But in Western European socialism, for crying out loud, it’s the name of the game, it’s the coin of the realm. Corruption, graft, scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back. Whatever it takes. Cut corners, screw people left and right.