My point of view: Difference between socialism, communism and capitalism – Albert Lea Tribune

My point of view by Brad Kramer

In the last few columns, capitalism and socialism have been big topics of discussion.

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I know several local Democrats who like to say, “Don’t you like our socialist post office? or “Don’t you like the way our socialist snowplows keep our roads clear?” So what is a social program and how do socialist programs differ from a socialist economic system? In a socialist economic system, the state owns the means of production, but not all the goods (that would be communism). Capitalism means that individuals, or groups of individuals, own the means of production. Economic systems are going to fall somewhere in between, because there aren’t really any purely socialist or capitalist economic systems. This is where most of the production takes place in a company that determines this. We have many social programs, such as our social protection system, the military, social security and much more. I tend to agree that some of the basic social programs are needed. Emergency response services work best for most people when run by local government, for example.

However, while many programs are socialist in nature, they rely on capitalism to be effective. Think about how our highways are maintained. Most road works are carried out by private companies. This allows the work to be carried out much more economically and efficiently than by the government. In many industries, government is simply too bureaucratic and callous to be able to deliver the best value. While I don’t dispute the value of the post office, they absolutely feel competition from private companies like UPS and FedEx because they are more efficient, better managed, responsive to market needs, and use technology to improve operations.

Social programs do not make us socialists, but social programs depend on a strong economy to fund them. We spend, borrow and print outrageous amounts of money as economic uncertainty grows. We are seeing many dramatic changes in our economy. While supply and demand are essential elements of capitalism, many of the price increases we see are too dramatic and artificially controlled to be good for our economic system. With the spending frenzy the country is going through right now, most of it just pork and not building infrastructure or anything of value, our economic future is on shaky ground.

The scary thing about the push for socialism is that Democrats have relatively few business owners in their ranks. About half of all businesses survive the first five years, in part because it takes several years to learn how to run a business, even with solid business background. When you put the means of production in the hands of people who haven’t sweated, bled, and staked their financial future on starting a business, but rather through boards of directors or bureaucratic ownership, it is a model of how to melt a business. If you do this with enough companies, you will save money. Capitalists are nothing more than people like you and me who have saved, learned, worked and invested in a business and then reap the benefits if it is profitable.

When Democrats continue to push for socialism, and not just for social programs, it’s a scary road. They frequently cite the Nordic countries as models, but even they have too many private companies to be primarily socialist, and oil supports their economies. While the Soviet Union, Venezuela, Cuba, and other Communist and Socialist failures are not the “democratic socialism” that is promoted (so-called), the Communist and Socialist governments they have are excellent models. of human nature taking the government’s ability to control people. , and for corruption to hand this ability over to individuals who shouldn’t have it. Communism is not socialism, but it is the next step. Our fight should be to continue to improve the capitalist system that we have. Capitalism has been the source of so much prosperity for all: better living standards, better health care, technological advancements and much more. I clearly choose capitalism.

When I have conversations with good friends who are more liberal than me, I find that we both want the same results, in most cases, but differ on how we think we should get there. We both want people to have access to quality health care that does not bankrupt the patient or the system. We both want schools that are safe from madmen who want to shoot children. We both want good jobs and a strong economy. The list of what we agree on is probably longer than what we disagree on, if we can actually listen to each other and hear what is being said. We don’t need to bankrupt our economy to achieve these goals through unsustainable social programs, but rather let a capitalist system fix them.

Brad Kramer is a member of the Freeborn County Republican Party.

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