Monday, June 21, 2010

Socialist "Order", I Mean Chaos

If the government forced BMW to sell their cars for $1 per car, how many cars would BMW produce? If the government forced doctors to do brain surgery for $1 per surgery, how many brain surgeons would there be? If the government forced supermarkets to charge only $1 for food that costs $10, how much food would there be? When the government sets controls on prices under threat of imprisonment or death, do you think that a black market just might develop where people willingly pay the going rate for these goods and services? Is there any evidence, in theory or in practice, that this will always happen?

Well, keep in mind, such questions are all just empty talk - propaganda spread by the "parasitic bourgeoisie", a.k.a., the people that make the food. According to this report:

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution.
Look, to get the food, you just send your army down to the places where they make the food, and you take it!

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.

"The battle for food is a matter of national security," said a red-shirted official from the Food Ministry, resting his arm on a pallet laden with bags of coffee.
You see, price controls set by government fiat and the consequent shortages and rationing, are all meant to lead to "order" - not chaos and privation.

"We are bringing order to prices," Trade Minister Richard Canan told Reuters during the Catia raid. "There are traders who are taking these products to the black market ... That is a crime and our government will continue to target these stores."

Just the kind of order that Obama is bringing to the health care market. Can you buy a copy of Atlas Shrugged on the black market?

2 comments:

Trevor said...

I'm reading "We the Living" at the moment and it vividly illustrates the consequences of this scenario and the poor quality of life to which such market controls lead. Nice article.

Doug Reich said...

Trevor,

Thanks for the comment and for bringing up We the Living. You know, I was just reading the wikipedia entry on We the Living the other day thinking about the dramatic representation of socialism. Here is an excerpt from the entry describing the plot:

"The severity of life in the newly socialized Russia is biting and cruel, especially for the people belonging to the now-stigmatized middle class. Kira's uncle Vasili has also lost his family business to the state, and has been forced to sell off his possessions, one at a time, for money (which has lost much of its value owing to steep inflation rates). Money has ceased to be a major representative of "wealth and power". Private enterprises have been strictly controlled, and licenses to run them allotted only to those "enjoying the trust" of the proletariat. Food is rationed. Only laborers of nationalized businesses and students in state-run educational institutions have access to ration cards. The family of five survives on the ration cards allotted to the two younger members of the family, who are students.

After a brief stay at Vasili's home, Kira's family manages to find for itself living quarters. Kira's father also manages to get a license to open a textile shop, an establishment but a shadow of his old industry. Life is excruciatingly difficult in these times. Rand portrays the bleak scenarios by vivid descriptions of long queues, weary citizens and low standards of living. (Everyone regularly cooks on a kerosene camp stove, usually a Swedish Primus stove, and the typical main course is millet, or whatever can be blended together.)..."

The abundance of evidence both in theory and practice that socialism leads to this kind of chaos, misery, and privation is so overwhelming that those who continue to advocate for it are willfully evading the most cursory facts of reality and therefore must be regarded as thoroughly evil. There is no other explanation.

Thanks again.