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How Conservatives Can Defeat Liberalism

doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:27 AM
We used to believe communism (and socialism) were evil system, and commit our nation to defeating communism. We went so far as to fear communist ideology creeping into government, entertainment, and education. That was half a century ago. The truth is we no longer consider communism as evil, and it's soft side (socialism) is embraced in the majority political party, it's fed in entertainment, and taught in education. Half the population has come to expect individual financial benefit redistributed by government from the other half that has been more successful. Once you've gone red you can't go back (without great pain, riots, civil unrest, etc).
karpe diem Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:54 AM
eventually you run out of other people's money. that will be the end of socialism. no riots or civil unrest will cure that.
doc, aka Rich Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 1:33 AM
To be clear, socialism has never been economically successful on any nation on planet earth, not now nor at any time in recorded history. Moving the needle away from socialism has never been an easy task, as more often than not it typically occurs only after complete economic collapse. Moving towards socialism ALWAYS leads to economic decline, and moving away from SOCIALISM leads to economic growth.

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