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If Americans Prefer Capitalism, Why Do So Many Vote Like They Don't?

Post by Riddick » 01-08-2021 02:23 AM

Some conservatives take comfort in a December Rasmussen/Heartland Institute poll which purports to show that Americans favor the free market over socialism by 75% to 11%.

But if Americans overwhelmingly support capitalism, why do they keep voting for socialism? Do they even know what socialism is? It isn’t tired-looking men in overalls working in state-run factories. Today’s socialists prefer indirect control.

As the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises explained, this is a type of socialism which “nominally and seemingly preserves private ownership of the means of production and keeps the appearance of ordinary markets, prices, wages and interest rates,” while (through subsidies and mandates) it exercises increasing control over what still appears to be a free market. This is the socialism of our elites, including the Democratic leadership.

During the campaign, Biden asked, “Do I look like a radical socialist” (“Come on, Man!”). No, and neither does Vogue model Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her $14,000 designer outfits – and she’s an avowed socialist.

Biden also tells us he “beat the socialists” in the primaries. Then he turned around and made a deal to get their support in November, by embracing a large part their agenda, including the Green New Deal, canceling college debt and expanding Medicare.

Okay, Joe isn’t committed to the Marxist class struggle -- because he isn’t committed to much of anything. He's spent almost his entire adult life as a faithful foot soldier of the Democratic establishment. Now that his party has shifted ever leftward, he follows dutifully in its wake.

Take his campaign slogan, “Build back better.” What’s wrong with what we have now? Too much personal liberty and profit-motive? But he has a cure for that. Biden wants to pay for all his better building and "free stuff" with $4 trillion from raising taxes on “corporations and the wealthy.”

Naturally, his regime will soon run out of fat cats to rob. That’s when it’ll get around to skinning the rest of us. Without the rich to invest in job-creating, wealth-generating new businesses, government will have a monopoly on those investments, allowing Washington to have even more control over the economy.

Joe (Who Was That Masked Man?) Biden is also aching to expand Fauci-ism nationally. Bureaucrats get aroused at the idea of placing the populace under lockdown whenever they choose, deciding which businesses will fail and which will succeed, while they merrily flout the rules they’ve made for others.

The more businesses that fail, the easier to build the new economy. F.A. Hayek wrote “Emergencies have always been the pretext on which safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.” From Climate Change to the Coronavirus, hysteria is an effective tool for herding the masses.

It’s reasonable to assume part of Rasmussen’s pro-free market 75% voted for Biden’s socialism in the last election. Obviously, that includes the 57% of Democrats who say they’re down with economic freedom. They say they prefer capitalism to socialism, but identify with the party of Pelosi, Schumer, Gavin Newsom, de Blasio and the Squad.

The average voter needs a basic course in economics, using Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt and Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom as textbooks. Then, Rasmussen’s poll might actually mean something.

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