Everything You Need To Know About Socialism in 20 Quotes

Posted: 8th May 2017 by SouthernWatchman in News

1) “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Margaret Thatcher

2) “It is the common error of Socialists to overlook the natural indolence of mankind; their tendency to be passive, to be the slaves of habit, to persist indefinitely in a course once chosen. Let them once attain any state of existence which they consider tolerable, and the danger to be apprehended is that they will thenceforth stagnate; will not exert themselves to improve, and by letting their faculties rust, will lose even the energy required to preserve them from deterioration. Competition may not be the best conceivable stimulus, but it is at present a necessary one, and no one can foresee the time when it will not be indispensable to progress.” — John Stuart Mill

3) “Socialism is when government’s taking care of you, you send all your money to the government, the government decides how to spend it instead of letting the people spend it and make all those decisions.” — Bob Latta

4) “We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” — Adolf Hitler

5) “What distinguished Nazism from other brands of socialism and communism was not so much that it included more aspects from the political right (though there were some). What distinguished Nazism was that it forthrightly included a worldview we now associate almost completely with the political left: identity politics. This was what distinguished Nazism from doctrinaire communism, and it seems hard to argue the marriage of one leftist vision to another can somehow produce right-wing progeny.” — Jonah Goldberg

6) “The goal of socialism is communism.” — Vladimir Lenin

7) “This isn’t new. Those who favor socialism always make the moral case for it. The truth is, maybe they actually believe in it, but in the real world, socialism harms, it weakens the economies of countries that have tried it. It just does. Weaker economies hurt everybody in them. Socialism kills incentive, opportunity, freedom. It is the opposite of what America is all about. Look, socialism always harms the people it claims to help the most. It handicaps them, leaving them weaker, less self-determined, less free.” — Bobby Jindal

8) “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” — Frédéric Bastiat

9) “Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” — Ben Shapiro

10) “I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.” — Sidney Hook

11) “In 1989, for two hours’ labor at the minimum wage, an American worker could obtain, at a corner Sizzler, a feast more opulent, more nutritionally rich and gastronomically diverse than anything available to almost all the citizens of the socialist world (including the elite) at almost any price.” — David Horowitz

12) “In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.” — David Horowitz

13) “I believe that all forms of socialism have been proven over time to result in a loss of both economic and civil liberties, with increasing poverty.” — John Mackey

14) “Socialism values equality more than liberty.” — Dennis Prager

15) “Socialism is for those who think most people are losers. Capitalism is for those who think most people can take care of themselves.” — John Hawkins

16) “Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.” — William Howard Taft

17) “Socialism provides safety in numbers. And that’s OK, if you don’t mind trading your name—your identity and individualism — for a number.” — Jarod Kintz

18) “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.” — Ludwig von Mises

19) “Socialists cry ‘Power to the people’, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean–power over people, power to the State.” — Margaret Thatcher

20) “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” — Winston Churchill

 

 

 

 

 

Taken from here:  https://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2016/01/12/everything-you-need-to-know-about-socialism-in-20-quotes-n2103130

A Motto to Live By

Posted: 8th May 2017 by SouthernWatchman in News

I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

 

-John Galt

The Libertarian Party officially against Donald Trump Border Wall

Posted: 28th January 2017 by SouthernWatchman in News

The Libertarian Party officially against Donald Trump Border Wall

The BS Assault Rifle Argument – 2013 Death Stats

Posted: 17th June 2016 by SouthernWatchman in News

Taken from Govt reports the CDC and the FBI, here is a short list of stats.

Drug Induced Death 46,471
Falls 30,208
Alcohol Induced Death 29,001
Handguns 5,782
Knives or cutting instruments 1,490
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.) 687
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) 428
Rifles (Including Assault Rifles) 285

…So why are we, as a nation freaking about about Assault Rifles?  I call BS on anyone saying “it’s about the lives”.  One minutia of critical thinking shows that Assault Rifle deaths compromise one of the smallest categories of death.

 

References:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf

https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_8_murder_victims_by_weapon_2009-2013.xls

7 Harsh Realities of Life

Posted: 14th March 2016 by SouthernWatchman in News

Here’s a list of 7 harsh realities of life than anyone planning on being a responsible adult needs to understand and accept:
1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant
2. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be
3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money
4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%
5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist
6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It
7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

 

Paraphrased from here:

7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand

Quoteable Quotes

Posted: 7th December 2015 by SouthernWatchman in News, Quoteable Quotes

“99,999,983 gun owners did absolutely nothing wrong yesterday. So by all means, let’s punish them for the acts of the 17.”

 

A Win

Posted: 7th November 2015 by SouthernWatchman in News

The previously mentioned troll stopped replying to me on Disqus.  Score!

Why your vote doesn’t matter

Posted: 31st August 2015 by SouthernWatchman in News

Before I make my point, lets read a study done back in the 60’s:

The Five Monkeys Experiment

An experimenter puts 5 monkeys in a large cage. High up at the top of the cage, well beyond the reach of the monkeys, is a bunch of bananas. Underneath the bananas is a ladder.

The monkeys immediately spot the bananas and one begins to climb the ladder. As he does, however, the experimenter sprays him with a stream of cold water. Then, he proceeds to spray each of the other monkeys.

The monkey on the ladder scrambles off. And all 5 sit for a time on the floor, wet, cold, and bewildered. Soon, though, the temptation of the bananas is too great, and another monkey begins to climb the ladder. Again, the experimenter sprays the ambitious monkey with cold water and all the other monkeys as well. When a third monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys, wanting to avoid the cold spray, pull him off the ladder and beat him.

Now one monkey is removed and a new monkey is introduced to the cage. Spotting the bananas, he naively begins to climb the ladder. The other monkeys pull him off and beat him.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The experimenter removes a second one of the original monkeys from the cage and replaces him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey begins to climb the ladder and, again, the other monkeys pull him off and beat him – including the monkey who had never been sprayed.

By the end of the experiment, none of the original monkeys were left and yet, despite none of them ever experiencing the cold, wet, spray, they had all learned never to try and go for the bananas.

Not only does our Society work much in this same way, both at macroscopic and microscopic levels, but so do our Systems of Government. We see all these candidates promising the world to the Sheeple of America if they get elected. It’s no secret that a great many people end up disappointed because, unfortunately, one of these clowns always gets elected and then proceeds to fulfill few, if any at all, of his promises. This is largely because once they are in office, they are indoctrinated to the real way the political parties run.

This assumes, of course, that the candidate didn’t know already. Giving the candidate the benefit of the doubt that they were simply naive seems a bit naive in and of itself. Many of them are successful in the political arena because they already know how the systems work. They know that Government is there to fix problems. As the amount of problems decrease, so does the need for government. Thus, it’s in the politician’s best interest to ensure there are always problems to fix. But it’s in the citizen’s best interest to have problems fixed.

After several hundred years of practice, the political parties of the US (and internationally, I’m sure) are very adept at fixing enough problems to placate the masses, but creating / keeping enough problems to ensure they’ll have a tax-payer funded paycheck for the rest of their lives. R vs D vs I vs L is just one more ever-going social divide that creates ‘problems’ for someone to fix.

Obama did a decent job fixing a few things, but is leaving smoldering destruction in his wake. He carries a D in front of his name, and got himself elected because the President before him had an R in front of his. (There’s also arguments to be made that Obama got a lot of votes based purely on his skin color, but that’s a debate for another day.) So will go the 2016 election. We have a big chance of seeing a president with an R in front of their name, because the D’s created so many problems in 8 years that *someone* has to fix them. Who better than the R’s, right?

And so it goes, back and forth, both sides fixing some problems, blaming the other side, then making/creating problems of their own. The *only* two constants between R presidents and D presidents are:
1) They make the Government bigger and more powerful
2) They make the US Debt bigger.

So when the dust settles in 2016, and some fresh new face takes the reigns of the country, we are guaranteed to have elected someone who will have promised to fix all the problems that Obama and his administration made, someone who will expand Government reach and spending, someone who will enact legislation to protect us from ourselves and thus be someone who will make us sacrifice a little more freedom for that security. It won’t matter what letter is in front of their name. So, in reality, your vote doesn’t matter.

Strip Clubs

Posted: 28th July 2015 by SouthernWatchman in News

A recent news article was posted in my area about how a local legislator is on the war path to get a strip club shut down simply because it is too close to a residential area. One of the biggest arguments FOR shutting this club down was:

It’s the perversion that it feeds in men toward women, girls, children… No, maybe not all, BUT alot! Men in this country should try spending the same amount of effort and time in becoming mature, responsible men as they do going to strip clubs! Maybe an effort like that would help turn this world around?

My thoughts:
We could easily flip this around onto women as well, since there are a *LOT* of male strippers in the country as well.

As much as I will never need nor desire to partake of such a service, I will do so by choice. I’m a grown up and don’t need anyone to tell me what my morals and ethics should be, least of all Government.

If we’re going to go down the road of someone trying to use the power of the State to force their set of ethics and morals down other people’s throats, then lets go ahead and start tearing out all sorts of things that the constitutionally protected right of choice impacts, since we obviously be trusted to make decisions for ourselves.

Alcohol – Lets make it 100% illegal, since it serves zero positive purpose in society, kills people in car related accidents AND adds burden to the health care system.

Tobacco – Lets make all of them 100% illegal, since all they do is add massive load to the health care system, and is a general waste of money.

Speeding – Lets make cars that are mechanically limited to 55mph, max. Excessive speed is a contributing factor to over half the vehicle fatalities.

Texting – Lets make texting illegal since it is soon to be the leading cause of vehicle fatalities.

Victoria’s Secret – lets make scandalous underwear illegal since it’s wrapped up in the perversion that exists in men toward women, girls and children.

Porn – lets make all porn illegal, that’s wrapped up in the perversion too.

Low cut / revealing clothing for both genders – lets outlaw all clothing that may cause ‘naughty’ thoughts on both sides of the gender debate. After all, nothing reduces an office full of men to babbling fools than ample cleavage about to fall out of a v-neck…. and then there’s the rumor mill that will circulate just how big that bulg is his pants on the one day he wore a pair of khaki’s that was a bit too tight…

MTV – most ‘music’ videos contain content that is on par with what you can find at a gentlemen club, so lets ban this as well. (Not to mention how glorious it is to shoot some other punk for doing your girlfriend)

R Rated movies – As with MTV, men can get their perversion on with movies just as easily.

The list goes on and on and on. I hope you can see my sarcasm there. It’s proven that throughout history that a society is always better when there is liberty and freedom to choose. This is because any society is composed of basically good people. But there will *always* be exceptions, no matter how free or how oppressive the society is. That’s the human condition. Knowing this, upholding the freedom of choice is paramount to a truly great society.

-The men can choose to go to the gentlemen’s club, or they can choose not to.
-The women can choose to work there, or they can choose not to.

Simply passing a law and shutting down a single club, or all clubs for that matter, will not remove the one industry that is as old as mankind itself: The s e x industry. Across all nations, all races, across all of time, this industry has existed because it is directly couple to one of the most powerful basic human instincts: Perpetuate the species.

Now, if you’re really after increasing the morality of society (even as subjective as that opinion is) then attacking a symptom (Strip club) is not a worthy expenditure of time. You simply can’t get rid of hardwired instincts like that, but through proper parenting one can teach control and respect for others.

But as I alluded to earlier, law != one persons morals and ethics, and this is a matter of law.

What Kind of Person…

Posted: 9th September 2013 by SouthernWatchman in News, Thoughts

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Heard a very interesting challenge on Jack Spirko’s podcast on 9.6.13. It’s simple, but enlightening. So much so, I’ve started my own list. The challenge was to finish this sentence:

“What kind of man…”

It’s an interesting exercise in introspective. I say introspective because the entire point of the exercise is to point at others and identify flaws …and then realize that you also have the exact same, or at least strikingly similar ones. It’s pretty humbling, IMHO, but only if you can be honest with yourself. If you can’t do that, then, well, there’s no point in reading further!

I thought about this exercise over the weekend and have decided to change it from ‘man’ to ‘person’. Not because of political correctness or other BS like that, but because these statements of fact apply to anyone, man or woman.

Anyways, here’s my list so far. I plan on adding as I think of new entries.

 

What kind of person…

  • …does not prepare their family for basic emergencies and common disasters, regardless of what other people say about ‘preppers’ and ‘survivalists’?
  • …puts themselves and their family at risk by not being in shape and healthy?
  • …runs up so many debts they puts their family’s future at risk financially if anything goes wrong?
  • …ignores history and passes that ignorance to their children, dooming them to repeat it?
  • …would disagree or ignore the reality around them?
  • …refuses to take responsibility for their own actions?
  • …has the audacity to judge another person on anything, knowing that no one is perfect or “better” than anyone else?
  • …uses mere opinion in a discussion yet dismisses another’s equally valid opinion?
  • …holds words or actions against another, without giving them the chance to explain and talk things out?

 

Cheers,

The Southern Watchman