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Now we are seeing pseudo-Marxist uprisings across the globe. All over the world, the supposed proletariat are rising up against the supposed bourgeois. In London, fires and violence have broken out. Looting is taking place in Birmingham and young people are attacking police in Hackney. In Israel, nearly 300,000 people have marched in protests questioning the cost of living. That’s about five percent of the total Israeli Jewish population. Greece has seen chaos; so has Spain.
Are these uprisings the result of the failure of the first theory or the second?
There can be no doubt about the answer. London is one of the most redistributionist cities in the world. Israel is largely socialist. So is Greece. Unabashed capitalism has never resulted in mass uprisings, but soft socialism has.
Unfortunately, too many Americans seem to reject the second solution. They would prefer to believe that poverty-stricken Americans can be bought off with a few benefits rather than a job, with welfare rather than with income.
Unfortunately, a population bred to believe that the welfare state is good and capitalism evil cannot comprehend that it is precisely that welfare state that deprives them of their true welfare.
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