The Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Vote for Liberty, Not Socialism, in 2020.
It is imperative to first introduce the foundation of socialism and to understand its fundamental flaws and blatant contradictions to liberty and an individual's basic human rights.
Economic and historic failures aside, the practice of socialism, or government ownership over the means of production, is immoral and involuntary, and inhibits choice and individuality. The ends can only be accomplished through the means of excessive taxation, or coercion. In order to promote this system, a group must take from the individual in order to exist. In other words, it is a group claiming ownership over an individual's body and labor and if an individual is unwilling to participate in the system, then they are threatened with violence.
On the other hand, liberty is an individual's right to wholly own their body, their right to choose, and truly exist as a free individual.
Here are the top 5 reasons to choose liberty over socialism in 2020:
While socialism is coercive and mandatory, free markets represent peace and voluntary exchange. It is cooperation at its core when two or more individuals engage each other in the voluntary exchange of resources such as goods, time, money, etc. An individual's right to freely choose is peace, where socialism is authoritative.
"The only way that has ever been discovered to have a lot of people cooperate together voluntarily is through the free market. And that's why it's so essential to preserving individual freedom."
2. Unaffordable Medical Care
Healthcare prices rise due to government intervention in the markets. Here is a short historic truth about their involvement in the healthcare:
The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. It established Medicare, a health insurance program for the elderly, and Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor.
Since 1965, the portion of the United States GDP spent on healthcare has risen from about 5% to 20%, an increase of ~400%.
As government has become more and more involved in our health and the business of maintaining it, regulations have enabled insurance companies and Big Pharma to consistently increase prices, and subsequently, so have health care providers enabled by insurance companies. A vicious circle with government at the reins. Even Bill Maher and the New York Times commented on government's overreaching Affordable Care Act saying, “46 percent of people are having trouble paying health care costs now, up 10 percent from a year ago because the deductibles went up, the co-pays went up. They can’t see the doctor they used to see because he’s in a different network. They go to get questions answered and they’re talking to somebody reading a script in the Philippines. It’s like your prostate cancer is being handled by Comcast now.”
Government's price inflation in the medical field will have an even greater impact for young people as time goes on. Now think about how much worse it will be for the children of your children's kids.
3. Unaffordable Education
Where else have we seen extreme price increases? Similar to government having its hand in health care, the same goes for its role in creating unaffordable education.
Government plays a significant role in all levels of education and has since the inception of the original Department of Education way back in 1867 (later reformed in 1980). As government became more and more involved, US test scores at the elementary and secondary levels have remained stagnant, tax dollars required to fund programs have skyrocketed, and college tuition has become grossly unaffordable.
Since 1965 the federal government has spent $2 trillion on elementary and secondary education with little substantial improvement in academic achievement or high school graduation rates. The United States spends an average of more than $12,000 per pupil per year in public schools, for a total of more than $620 billion. That represents more than 4 percent of GDP devoted to K-12 education in 2011-2012. Of that amount, federal spending amounted to more than $57 billion.
Tuition is unaffordable because of government intervention in the financing and loan markets, both directly and through subsidized lending. Only if tuition price inflation was the target of the Department of Education and their financial arm (Sallie Mae, etc.) could we then say they have been successful.
The worst part? Not only is tuition expensive but the degree is not as valuable as it once was.
Human action is purposeful behavior. As unique individuals, we make thousands of small choices every day to steer our lives in the direction we see fit. This free will is our basic human right and the fundamental objection of this idea that somebody else knows better than we do, how we should live our life.
Isn't it great that we have so many genres of music available in vinyl, CD, MP3, or live in concert, or at music festivals, all sizes and speeds of cars now with Bluetooth and satellite radio, so many brands and styles of shoes, clothes, and accessories to express ourselves, a variety of food and drinks in the stores and at restaurants to satisfy all tastes and dietary restrictions, clothes and shoes for our pets, so many books to read, so many movies and TV shows to watch, scented markers, selfie sticks, gaming computers, social media, computers that fit in our pockets, extreme sports, jet skis and snowmobiles, 2-ply toilet paper, solar phone chargers, endless Halloween costumes, Kenny Powers, K-cups, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, adult onesies, wireless speakers, and pet rocks if we want them. The list goes on and on and on.
The freedom to choose is sacrificed with central planning in a socialist system.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. Human Rights
As described above, socialism infringes on a human's right to their liberty and body, and to some extent, their life. While many people who hold these views will preach their regard for human rights, they fail to remain consistent with these principles when it comes to this economic model.
With peace, choice, and human rights in mind, choose Liberty in 2020.