Socialism is failing everywhere so why do so many Americans support it?

IBD:
Around the world, nations that have been foolish enough to adopt socialist policies either collapsed or are well on their way to doing so. Why, then, are so many in the U.S. enthralled with the idea?

A quick look at the world’s countries in direst economic shape reveals that many, if not most, have one thing in common: They rely on top-down socialist control, rather than free markets, to run their economies. The former, history amply shows, are doomed to fail. There are no long-term socialist success stories. None.

France, for instance, elected a socialist, Francois Hollande, as president in 2012. Today, France suffers a 10.3% jobless rate and 25% youth unemployment. Growth is less than 1%. To France’s credit, it’s recently recognized that the job market must be reformed to give businesses more incentives to hire and train new workers.

Brazil, meanwhile, impeached Socialist President Dilma Rousseff for corruption, but her damage to the economy will last. As recently as 2010, Brazil was considered a bright star. It was awarded both an Olympics and a World Cup because of it. Last year, as Rousseff’s massive borrowing and spending choked the economy, GDP shrank 3.8% and joblessness soared. Interim President Michel Temer has vowed to roll back Rousseff’s socialism.

Then there’s Venezuela’s nightmare. After the death of socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, his successor kept socialist policies in place. Today, as even the liberal Atlantic Monthly admits, “Venezuela is falling apart.” Shortages of food, energy and such basic commodities as toilet paper are rampant. The government has imposed a two-day workweek to save money. Riots, thefts and blackouts are common. Once oil-rich, Venezuelans now forage dirty streets for food — including stray dogs and cats.

Farther south, Argentina’s economy was run into the ground by leftist populist President Cristina Kirchner. Newly elected centrist President Mauricio Macri has stabilized the economy, fixed the nation’s finances, and has returned to global debt markets for the first time since the nation defaulted 15 years ago. The economy is again growing.

Get the picture? Socialism is a failure, a brutal one. In its name, during the 21st century, millions of people were impoverished and disenfranchised, while over 100 million were murdered.
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Proponents of socialism  have this fantasy that it has never been done right.  That way the can ignore the mass murders on an industrial scale and the poverty produced caused by the economic failure of command economies.  Even those responsible for the mass failures in Venezuela conjure conspiracy theories alleging outside forces are responsible.  Liberals and leftist never take responsibility for the messes they make.

BTW, if the US really want to destroy Venezuela, it would do everything within its power to keep Maduro in power.  Indications are that the more serious threat to Maduro is from other communists who want to double down of failure.

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