Quite a few people around my age seem to like Bernie Sanders. Which is another way of saying a lot of people my age don’t understand socialism. They say Sanders knows how to pay for all of his ideas, and you know… it might even be true. In my opinion though, that’s pretty fucking irrelevant.
The ability of a society, any society, to foot the bill for that kind of an ideology has a shelf life.
It does not last, probably not even long enough to make it through more than one term of a Presidency. And the only reason it’s possible in the first place is due to whatever system it’s aiming to replace. Without something to generate the kind of income you get for the government when you plunder the spoils of the rich, it’s unsustainable in the mid to long term. Then there’s this:
The best case scenario of how it plays out isn’t really all that great.
Even if you could keep that merry-go-round going somehow… why would you?
It’s not just about the skepticism I have when someone tells me “oh, but all the increased spending is accounted for in his plan.” It’s about how the fundamentals of that ideology are flawed, and that when applied, they chip away at the idea that you can achieve a better life. That you can achieve more than what you currently have, rise to a higher position in society than the one you were born in, that you can make more of yourself than simple fate would ever allow.
Socialism works fine when you’ve got rich people to steal money from, but once you’ve toppled the previous economic system and made the rich pay their “fair share”, there are fewer and fewer rich people. Eventually there are none. Which means there’s no one to take vast amounts of money from. Which means the taxes even out, but so does the income. And with that, so does the quality of government provided service. The other thing you’re left with are “adequate” products.
It means goods and services of “adequate” quality instead of the choice between cheap and crappy or expensive and top notch. No more rich class means no more poor class, just some gray area that moves ever closer to poverty for everyone. And then when you’ve reached that point… what’s the point of trying to achieve anything in life? In that kind of an environment, there is no point because no matter what you do, you’re trapped somewhere slightly below a happy medium.
It creates mediocrity at every level; supporters of Bernie Sanders ought to think about that.
And they ought to ask themselves, “do I want to live in a society that creates and relies on a baseline of mediocrity?” That’s what “leveling the playing field” really means. In a reality where people are almost never satisfied anyways, even in the best economic environments, does that really seem like a good thing? Implementing a system that provides less and less satisfaction?
Personally, I don’t think so. It gets worse too. As time passes there’s less and less possibility of escaping from the bottom of the heap, of climbing to the top, of there even being a top the average citizen can get to. If you’re not alright with that, you’re not alright with socialism.
If that actually sounds appealing to you, you can have your utopia where everything is “fair” and balanced out. I consider that a dystopia though, and I’ll take capitalism over that any day, with all it’s controversial flaws. Because for all of it’s failings, it makes the highest reaches possible. Not to everyone, because that’s just not the way it works. But to some, to a few, to whoever is both able and willing to climb and claw their way to that level of existence. For them, maybe for you or me…
There are no limits to how high you can go.
Only one way to find out if you’re one of them too. You’ve got to take a shot, reach out, take another, and another, and another. You’ve got to accustom yourself to failures, to falling short. And once you start experiencing success, you’ve got to keep taking those shots. Achievement shouldn’t slow your pace any more than failure. You’ve got to get comfortable with success, with gains, with achieving you goals, in exactly the same way you need to be acclimated to failure.
Don’t get me wrong either, Sanders seems like a stand up guy in terms of sincerity and integrity, but his ideology is stupid, it only works in the short term and only right after it overtakes a superior economic system. It’s a continuation of the kind of bullshit quick fixes I just railed against in the last few posts I wrote here. So… if you’re a fan of Bernie then good for you I guess, but I’d challenge any fans of his to point out where I’m wrong. Go ahead, take your best shot.
Just a friendly heads up though, my life isn’t going to revolve around responding to you.
I’ll give it the same amount of time and energy I give any other comment someone leaves here; no more and no less. So don’t get butt-hurt if you fail to change my mind, it’s nothing personal when that’s the case, I just happen to have pretty rock solid reasoning behind most of my opinions.