Socialism

Efficiency Experts for the Welfare State

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Bordered by two oceans, encompassing 3.8 million square miles, and populated by more than 325 million people, the United States is a vast country. But although the United States is not yet a cradle-to-grave welfare state like many European countries, it is also a vast welfare state. There are in the United States about 80 means-tested welfare programs. These are ... [click for more]

Privatizing Coercion

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Every day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers do the same thing: they retire. And when they retire, the first thing they generally do is apply for Social Security. There are actually two parts to Social Security (OASDI). The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program provides monthly benefits to retired workers, families of retired workers, and survivors of deceased workers. The Disability Insurance ... [click for more]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Planned Chaos

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The mainstream media is currently hyper-ventilating over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-styled “democratic socialist” from Queens who pulled off an upset win in a New York Democratic primary recently. She has since gone on to campaign with Bernie Sanders in the Midwest and has appeared on dozens of soft talk shows; all this, of course, without being seriously challenged about ... [click for more]

Socialism, Like Dracula, Rises Again From the Grave

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Many of us grew up watching movies about Dracula — Nosferatu, the Undead. Fearful of the sunlight that could burn him into cinders, Dracula lived in a coffin filled with his native Transylvanian soil by day, only to come out at night to live off the life-giving blood of the living. But to continue his unnatural existence, this human-like ... [click for more]

A Divergent Convergence of Epic Proportions

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Social Security is in dire straits. Payroll tax increases and benefit cuts are on the horizon. According to the latest annual report by the Social Security Board of Trustees (“The 2017 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds”), Social Security’s combined trust funds face ... [click for more]

Karl Marx and Marxism at Two Hundred

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German translation Greek translation A specter continues to haunt the world, the specter of Karl Marx. Two hundred years ago, on May 5, 1818, the father of twentieth century totalitarian communism, the guidebook writer of revolutionary mass-murdering dictatorship, and the inspirer of disastrous socialist central planning was born in Trier, Germany. Looking ... [click for more]

Paternalistic Follies of the 1960s

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Fifty years separate us, now, from 1968 and the two momentous legacies of the then soon to ending failed presidency of Lyndon Johnson: The declaring of war on America's supposed domestic ills in the form of the "Great Society" programs, and the aggressive military intervention in a real war in Vietnam. Both of these "wars" reflected the arrogance and ... [click for more]