“If any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
A friend sent me this interesting illustration of socialism versus Capitalism the other day via Facebook:
A guy looked at my Corvette the other day and said I wonder how many people could have been fed for the money that sports car cost.
I replied I am not sure, it fed a lot of families in Bowling Green, Kentucky who built it, it fed the people who make the tires, it fed the people who made the components that went into it, it fed the people in the copper mine who mined the copper for the wires, it fed people in Decatur IL. at Caterpillar who make the trucks that haul the copper ore. It fed the trucking people who hauled it from the plant to the dealer and fed the people working at the dealership and their families. BUT,… I have to admit, I guess I really don’t know how many people it fed.
That is the difference between capitalism and welfare mentality. When you buy something, you put money in people’s pockets and give them dignity for their skills.
When you give someone something for nothing, you rob them of their dignity and self-worth.
Altruism is socialism in disguise.
“What is the moral code of altruism? The basic principle of altruism is that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue, and value.
Do not confuse altruism with kindness, good will or respect for the rights of others. These are not primaries, but consequences, which, in fact, altruism makes impossible. The irreducible primary of altruism, the basic absolute, is self-sacrifice—which means; self-immolation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-destruction—which means: the self as a standard of evil, the selfless as a standard of the good.
Do not hide behind such superficialities as whether you should or should not give a dime to a beggar. That is not the issue. The issue is whether you do or do not have the right to exist without giving him that dime. The issue is whether you must keep buying your life, dime by dime, from any beggar who might choose to approach you. The issue is whether the need of others is the first mortgage on your life and the moral purpose of your existence. The issue is whether man is to be regarded as a sacrificial animal. Any man of self-esteem will answer: ‘No.’ Altruism says: ‘Yes.'” ~ Ayn Rand.
Philanthropy, on the other hand, simply means giving because you want to – kindness, generosity, giving to others after caring for yourself and your family, free will – in short, Capitalism.
Capitalism is freely giving your money in exchange for something of value and helping those who can’t help themselves because you want to, not as a reaction to outside pressure.
Socialism is taking your money against your will and shoving something down your throat that you never asked for.
Trump stands for Capitalism, while Clinton, Trudeau, and Obama stand for Socialism, which is a mask for communism. Taxes are government-enforced altruism.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com