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Nobody Really Believes in Socialism

Brett Davis

Posted on April 28, 2021 21:44

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The collectivist claptrap spouted by even the most vociferous supporters of communism’s herald is no match for the reality of human nature and basic economics.

Well-known industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once noted, “As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say; I just watch what they do.”

Carnegie’s keen observation applies as much today as then, especially when it comes to contemporary proponents of socialism, whose words and deeds often aren’t in sync. Evidence abounds that today’s loudest preachers of socialism aren’t, when it comes right down to it, true believers in a system that eschews (in theory, at least) personal wealth.

One need only look behind the curtain of the city council in the Emerald City that is Seattle, Washington, to find two self-proclaimed socialists — Kshama Sawant and Tammy Morales — whose total net worth is more than $3.5 million.

The two members of the Seattle City Council (especially the insufferable Sawant) are well known for their hostility to capitalism, big businesses and vast sums of personal wealth, which makes their membership in the “1 Percent Club” — and how they got there — all the more galling and hypocritical.

Currently, the most prominent example of someone accruing a deed deficit as compared to their words is Black Lives Matter co-founder and self-proclaimed “trained Marxist” Patrisse Cullors, who has been in the news recently for buying up expensive properties around Los Angeles, among other locations, including a mini-compound in Topanga Canyon. Not surprisingly, several folks pointed out the hypocrisy of Cullors’ betraying her espoused Marxist principles in purchasing several high-end homes, including some in wealthy, predominately white neighborhoods. 

BLM reflexively retreated to doing what it does best as an organization — blaming racism — instead of addressing the legitimate criticism head-on.

For her part, alleged anti-capitalist Cullors echoed that same sentiment, while further defending her wallowing in the benefits of capitalism by engaging in a shameless bit of familial special pleading by noting her financial assistance to several family members, including her brother, mother and her own child.

“I see my money as not my own,” Cullors said like a good, if unconvincing, Marxist. “I see it as my family’s money as well.”

That’s the kind of tortured logic appreciated by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the long-time and reigning champion of socialism in America. After all, the two-time former Democratic candidate for president has made an entire career out of peddling socialism, even as he became a millionaire who owns three homes in the process. (Why do you think Sanders’ rants against “millionaires and billionaires” have been reduced to focusing on billionaires?)

Kshama Sawant, Tammy Morales, Patrisse Cullors and Bernie Sanders are but the latest players in a cycle as old as socialism itself — that is, the rules self-styled revolutionaries demand others obey not applying to them, whether they’re members of the Seattle City Council, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter or a useful idiot in the Senate.

Actions really do speak louder than words.

Brett Davis

Posted on April 28, 2021 21:44

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