Why Socialism Leads to Tyranny

The term socialism is used a lot these days, but often without much understanding of what it means. Many think it would be a utopia if we lived under a socialist system. However, unlike capitalism, which rests on private ownership of the means of production and voluntary exchange of good, socialism necessarily requires an authoritarian and coercive political system to expropriate property from private individuals and to control the economy.

“After Communism” by Robert Heilbroner,  New Yorker, September 10, 1990 (available online at The Library of Economics and Liberty
https://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Socialism.html

“Capitalism vs. Socialism: The Bruenig-Caplan Debate”, by Bryan Caplan, Mar 5 2018
https://www.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/capitalism_vs_s.html

“Bernie’s Democratic Socialism Isn’t Socialism, It’s Social Democracy” by Tim Worstall, Forbes, May 17, 2016
https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2016/05/17/bernies-democratic-socialism-isnt-socialism-its-social-democracy/#507cd9b7272d

“Trump Is Right to Warn Democrats About ‘Socialism’” by Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg, February 7, 2019
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-02-07/what-is-socialism-trump-s-closer-to-the-truth-than-democrats

“Don’t confuse ‘social democracy’ and ‘democratic socialism’” by Austin Stadelman, The Daily Illini, September 5, 2018
https://dailyillini.com/opinions/2018/09/05/dont-confuse-social-democracy-and-democratic-socialism/

“The Democrats will self-destruct by embracing socialism” by Niall Ferguson, Globe and Mail, Feb 11, 2019
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-democrats-will-commit-political-suicide-by-embracing-socialism/

“Milton Friedman: Capitalism or socialism, which is more humane?” by Milton Friedman, 1978, available online on Youtube at Free To Choose Network:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Tf8RN3uiM

“Socialism vs. Capitalism: One Clear Winner”, by Kay Coles James, The Heritage Foundation, October 26, 2018
https://www.heritage.org/international-economies/commentary/socialism-vs-capitalism-one-clear-winner

“Socialism” by Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, Encyclopedia Britannica
https://www.britannica.com/topic/socialism

“The Principles of Communism” by Friedrich Engels, 1847
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm

“The Opportunity Costs of Socialism” by The Council of Economic Advisers (Executive Office of the US President), 2018
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/The-Opportunity-Costs-of-Socialism.pdf

“Lenin’s Conception of Socialism: Learning from the early experiences of the world’s first socialist revolution” by Richard Fleming, Forward, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring/Summer 1989
https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-7/lenin-socialism.htm

The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown, Harper Collins, 2009
https://archive.org/details/risefallofcommun00brow/


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