Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., just wrote a book, “The Case Against Socialism.”
I thought that case was already decided, since socialist countries failed so spectacularly.
But the idea hasn’t died, especially among the young.
“Hitler’s socialism, Stalin’s socialism, Mao’s socialism. You would think people would have recognized it by now,” says Paul in my latest video.
Paul echoes Orwell in likening socialism to “a boot stamping on the human face forever” and warning that socialism always leads to violence and corruption.
“You would think that when your economy gets to the point where people are eating their pets,” says Paul, contemplating the quick descent of once-rich Venezuela, “people might have second thoughts about what system they’ve chosen.”
That’s a reference to the fact that Venezuelans have lost weight because food is so hard to find.
“Contrast that with [the country’s] ‘Dear Leader’ [Nicolas] Maduro, who’s probably gained 50 pounds,” Paul observes. “It really sums up socialism. There’s still a well-fed top 1%; they just happen to be the government or cronies or friends of the government.”
Naturally, American socialists say our socialism will be different.
“When I talk about democratic socialism,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “I’m not looking at Venezuela. I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden.”
Paul responds: “They all wind up saying, ‘The kinder, gentler socialism that we want is Scandinavia … democratic socialism.’ So we do a big chunk of the book about Scandinavia.”
Paul’s book is different from other politicians’ books. Instead of repeating platitudes, he and his co-author did actual research, concluding: “It’s not true that the Scandinavian countries are socialist.”
Scandinavia did try socialist policies years ago but then turned away from socialism. It privatized industries and repealed regulations.