Thursday, 18 August 2011

“You speak of communism not socialism”ts

You speak of communism not socialism
It was noted in the post above that I speak of communism when I note the effects of socialism. This is false. I speak of socialism generally. Of the deaths of this insidious form of corruption people love to forget, but they are the legacy of greed that is socialism. The corruption and theft of freedom.

India was never communist, but they managed to starve tens of millions of people to death.

Henry Hazlitt wrote of the issues in "Socialism and Famine" in Newsweek, August 31, 1964. We seem to have forgotten all this over time. India blamed "speculators" and "hoarders" and announced the imposition of strict controls on the purchase, sale, storage, and transportation of grains. This only made it worse.
Instead of allowing markets to bring grain in from overseas markets, the socialist regime in India restricted markets and called for people to do more.

The thing is, you cannot tell people just work more and expect it, we need incentives and rewards.
The socialist government in India placed price ceilings rice; instigated price controls measures on matches, oil, kerosene, sugar, and vegetable oils. The end result was that businesses making these products no longer saw a profit and the market shrunk.

Instead of an abundance of food and goods, there was a dearth with black markets springing up for those with money.

Forced industrialisation, monetary control and inflation with a government that printed money to pay for its insane social polices created a famine in India of immense proportions. The starvation, the riots and the polices in general where socialist and directly caused the death of 10’s of millions of people.

Since 1954 US shipped millions of tonnes of food aid to India. This was given to the socialist Indian government as they did not trust private businesses or agencies to distribute it. This was finally distributed not to those in need, but on political ground. It took so long to make these decisions that rats had consumed more than half of this food at the docks and storage facilities.

In the 1980’s we again have an excellent example of socialism at work in Ethiopia. This completely man-made famine in "the breadbasket of Africa" was a consequence of socialism, confiscations and nationalisations. People seem to forget time and again that the abolishment of incentive, the punishment of productivity and subsidising of irresponsibility results in people not taking risks, not producing.

The implementation of socialist policy caused the starvation in Northern Africa, not a lack of food.

As Ludwig von Mises stated in “Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis” (1951 Yale University Press);
"Socialism is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilisation have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership of the means of production has created . . ."
 
So Thomas, I mean socialism kills. In all its forms, from the basic left to communism and those forms that lie between, socialism has killed 100’s of millions of people needlessly.

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