Finally, someone who is speaking authoritatively about what a socialist government and president could bring to America.
Russian immigrant and professional chess player Garry Kasparov spoke to The Daily Beast about why millennials have got it all wrong in their blind obsession with Bernie Sanders and his “prescription for America.”
“Hey, Bernie, don’t lecture me about socialism. I lived through it,” Kasparov wrote in his piece for the Beast. This commentary comes after Kasparov made a post on Facebook about the same topic which quickly went viral. His purpose for writing is restated here:
To remind people that Americans talking about socialism in the 21st century was a luxury paid for by the successes of capitalism in the 20th. And that while inequality is a huge problem, the best way to increase everyone’s share of pie is to make the pie bigger, not to dismantle the bakery.
While recognizing Sanders’ undeniable authenticity and enticing passion, Kasparov cannot agree with his policy standpoints because not only has he lived through their failures, history repeatedly proves that they simply don’t work.
A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th century. It’s socialism that enslaved them and impoverished them…
Sanders’ supporters, who point to other countries which have successfully implemented socialistic policies without all the supposed doom and gloom that follows, are rightfully informed by Kasparov that those Scandinavian countries are “relatively small, homogenous populations” and cannot be compared “to the churning, ocean-spanning American giant.”
But ultimately, Kasparov wants to remind the misguided millennials that it is America’s capitalism, innovation, and freedom that has brought them to such a time and place to even be able to discuss a candidate like Bernie Sanders, and that a vote for him and his policies would be backwards, foolish and unprogressive.
[N]one is equipped to lead the world in innovation the way the United States has since Thomas Edison’s day. None possesses the combination of political and economic freedoms and the human and natural resources required.
As long as Europe had America taking risks, investing ambitiously, attracting the world’s dreamers and entrepreneurs, and yes, being unequal, it could benefit from the results without making the same sacrifices….
Once you give power to the government it is nearly impossible to get it back, and it will be used in ways you cannot expect.
And finally, from Kasparov’s Facebook post: “In practice, it [socialism] corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself…” ominous yet informative.
Although he’s taking a lot grief, he remains vocal on Facebook. Here is one of his more popular posts from a week ago:
Let’s hope some of those millennials wake up to reality before it’s too late.
H/T: Truth Revolt
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