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Liberal Policy Failures Are the Reason for Socialism’s New Appeal
The Daily Signal ^ | November 7, 2019 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 11/07/2019 4:09:12 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Multiple forms of socialism, from hard Stalinism to European redistribution, continue to fail.

Russia and China are still struggling with the legacy of genocidal communism. Eastern Europe still suffers after decades of Soviet-imposed socialist chaos.

Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, and Venezuela are unfree, poor, and failed states. Baathism—a synonym for pan-Arabic socialism—ruined the postwar Middle East.

The soft-socialist European Union countries are stagnant and mostly dependent on the U.S. military for their protection.

In contrast, current American deregulation, tax cuts, and incentives, and record energy production have given the United States the strongest economy in the world.

So why, then, are two of the top three Democratic presidential contenders—Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—either overtly or implicitly running on socialist agendas? Why are the heartthrobs of American progressives—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.—calling for socialist redistributionist schemes?

Why do polls show that a majority of American millennials have a favorable view of socialism?

There are lots of catalysts for the new socialism.

Massive immigration is changing the demography of the United States. The number of foreign-born U.S. residents and their children has been estimated at almost 60 million, or about 1 in 5 U.S. residents. Some 27% of California residents were born outside of America.

Many of these immigrants flee from poor areas of Latin America, Mexico, Africa, and Asia that were wrecked by statism and socialism. Often, they arrive in the U.S. unaware of economic and political alternatives to state socialism.

When they reach the U.S.—often without marketable skills and unable to speak English—many assume that America will simply offer a far better version of the statism from which they fled. Consequently, many take for granted that government will provide them an array of social services, and they become supportive of progressive socialism.

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1 posted on 11/07/2019 4:09:12 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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2 posted on 11/07/2019 4:11:29 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

War on Poverty failed, so we need more and bigger government programs.

Medicaid failed, so we need more and bigger gov’t healthcare.

War on crime failed, so we need to confiscate all firearms and implement a police state.

3 posted on 11/07/2019 4:32:50 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party is now a hate-group)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There is not one problem hurting this country that isn’t the result of democrat policy or democrat rule.

And yet I have never read or heard those words from the mass media.

4 posted on 11/07/2019 4:41:46 AM PST by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Every Democrat Government program is a FAILURE.

Failure creates failure.


Democrats FAIL. Democrats hurt children.

5 posted on 11/07/2019 4:48:19 AM PST by TheNext (I Am I Think)
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To: Erik Latranyi

War on Poverty failed for sure

A tremendous amount of money was thrown at that problem. By now after all these DECADES... if you are a minority in the US, and you don’t have a better education, home, car, job, etc. than I do, then you have been asleep

That’s just the problem that money won’t solve… no matter how much.

It’s a cultural problem. There are STILL tons of people who feel that struggling to achieve success either in school or anywhere else, is not COOL, even IF the means are wholly gratis and all you have to do is apply yourself.

6 posted on 11/07/2019 4:50:23 AM PST by SMARTY ("Nobility is defined by the demands it makes on us - by obligations, not by rights".)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey
We can't just blame the 'Ratz.

Our current problems are the results of "Pipe Dreams and Failed Schemes" from both sides of the aisle.

7 posted on 11/07/2019 4:58:27 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The Elite: Too stupid to know when to quit stealing!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

VDH is only partially correct. So-called “capitalists” share a good bit of the blame as well.

Every time a bank gets a bailout, some CEO manages to weasel his way to taxpayer subsidies, a pharma company engages in price fixing, or a venture capitalist buys a company, lays off the employees, moves the jobs to China and moves on to the next victim, a new cadre of Socialists is born.

8 posted on 11/07/2019 5:58:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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