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Roughly 40 percent of Americans have a favorable or somewhat favorable view of socialism. In real numbers, that translates to 100 million voting-age citizens. How can so many people want something that is in their own worst interest? The obvious answer is that most just don’t know any better.

Socialism can never bring happiness and prosperity. Here’s why.

Prosperity is created when competition eliminates waste. Every time you compete, waste is eliminated. Every time you innovate (new ideas, changes in process, etc.) you are competing. It is the overall reduction of waste throughout society that creates a prosperous country. The elimination of waste through competition is a never-ending process. In a competitive system, prosperity grows and grows. A prosperous country is a happy country, and people want to be happy.

Socialism is a philosophy that believes that government control of the means of production can bring prosperity. To test this idea, a structure needs to be created. In other words, socialism doesn’t happen organically, like the marketplace. It needs to be planned, and the controls of the economy and the populace must be put in place. Simply, the structure of socialism is government first, the subjects of government second. Unlimited government is the hallmark of socialism.

How many governments do you have? You have only one. Therefore, there can be no competition. Without competition, it is impossible to eliminate waste. Waste continues to accumulate because there is no mechanism to get rid of it. Over time, instead of a vibrant society, you have a system that is drowning in its own self-created waste.

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