By: Diane Benjamin
People wanting to end capitalism are all around us now. Too many want their share of your wealth and expect government to give it too them. Too many others blame capitalism for everything wrong with the world. They are oblivious to what capitalism really is and what makes it the perfect form of government.
Rarely do groups wanting to impose socialism or communism on America come out and call it that. They demand social justice, economic justice, and environmental justice. These are just different ways of saying you have too much, government must seize it and give it so others.
Socialism and communism are unsustainable. The rich will quit making money if government is just going to seize it, or they will just leave the country. Think Venezuela. A country rich in oil was destroyed by their government.
Why this story? Illinois People’s Action (with a local chapter) sent representatives to the Paris Climate Summit. The reported theme for the event is:
System Change, Not Climate Change
System Change? What system needs changed? There is a clue at the end of their blog post: they attended a workshop revealing the “abuses of capitalism”.
Public school education has failed for more than a generation to explain American exceptionalism. Education fails to define capitalism for what it is: One person makes something another person wants, that product is exchanged for money to the benefit of both parties. Color, gender, age, sexual preference, etc are immaterial to the transaction.
Crony capitalism is government intervention to tax, regulate, and approve the above transaction. The “System Change” we need is removing government from the exchange.
Formerly socialist countries have run out of other people’s money and are transforming their economies with capitalism.
Since the IPA blog says the leaders left from Peoria, some could be from Bloomington-Normal. These anti-capitalist fit in well here with the governments of both Bloomington and Normal who don’t understand capitalism either.
Maybe the next post will support Sharia, just to mix things up a little.