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The fact is that Republicans have not explained on the basis of values why capitalism is a good thing. All too often, conservatives say of communism that it is a beautiful concept that is evil in practice. The fact is that communism and socialism are nasty concepts, denying the possibility of human freedom and suggesting that we are all owed something by virtue of our existence. The human potential lies in the ability to create; if we do not create, we do not fulfill that potential. Communism and socialism are dedicating to crushing that potential, since they destroy the need to create.
Nothing good for mankind has been produced under the Castro regime. That is no coincidence. Necessity is the mother of invention. While under Castro, you may receive a pitiful sustenance, guaranteed, you must do nothing to receive it. Under capitalism, if you do not create something that serves others, you starve. This sounds unpleasant. In reality, it is what raises us above the animals. It channels our survival instinct into serving others, whereas communism and socialism channel our survival instinct into stealing from others.
Down deep, even the Occupy folks know this. That’s why they protest when the police take away their tents, scoff when people ask them to give away their products for free, cry when their property is stolen. Stealing is immoral, and the essence of communism and socialism is stealing. Stealing enriches no one – even the thief – once it is made the categorical imperative. When everyone is busy stealing, there is no one left to create.
Let’s stop dividing ourselves by percentages. Let’s come together around the individual rather than the group. Individual rights and freedoms are the only concepts that stand between us and the abyss. Until all Americans understand that, our divisions will threaten to consume us.
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