Dennis Prager On Socialism

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Socialism makes people worse

By Dennis Prager

Mar 21, 2006

         Throughout much of last week, hundreds of thousands of students in 
France were angrily protesting. They have been joined by the major French 
labor unions, which are threatening a general strike. And what is this all 
about? It is all about a new law in France that allows a company to fire a 
person under the age of 26, without cause, within two years of being hired. 
Wow. Imagine that. You might get fired from your first job.

         As it happens, the whole point of the law was to encourage 
companies to hire young people. The unemployment rate among young people in 
France is 23 percent. And in many suburbs, it is double that. Meanwhile, 
French companies are understandably loath to hire 22-year-olds when they 
cannot fire them except "for cause," which under union rules means 
something like committing mass murder in the workplace.
What these massive demonstrations reveal is the narcissism, laziness and 
irresponsibility inculcated by socialist societies. Enough generations of 
socialist policies have now passed for us to judge their effects. They are 
bleak.

         Socialism undermines the character of a nation and of its 
citizens. In simpler words, socialism makes people worse. These young 
people in France really believe that they should be able to be hired at 
their tender ages and that a company must not be allowed to fire them from 
their first day at work (except "for cause," which, as we are learning in 
America, is increasingly difficult to establish). In America, most of us 
would call the French young people's attitudes "spoiled." Socialism teaches 
its citizens to expect everything, even if they contribute nothing.

         Socialism teaches its citizens that they have a plethora of rights 
and few corresponding obligations -- except to be taxed. And that is why 
the citizens of less socialist -- and more religious -- America give more 
charity per capita and per income than do citizens of socialist countries. 
That is why Americans volunteer time for the needy so much more than 
citizens of socialist countries do. That is why citizens of conservative 
states in America give more charity than citizens of liberal states do. The 
more Left one identifies oneself on the political spectrum, the more that 
person is likely to believe that the state, not fellow citizens, should 
take care of the poor and the needy. Under socialism, one is not only 
liberated from having to take care of oneself; one is also liberated from 
having to take care of others. The state will take care of me and of 
everybody else.
The same holds true for foreign affairs. Why did the conservative 
government of Spain support the American war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq 
and send troops there, while the Spanish socialists withdrew Spanish troops 
as soon as they were voted into office?

         Because the idea of risking one's life to bring freedom to others 
-- or to risk one's life for another nation for just about any reason -- is 
alien to the socialist mindset. Similarly, in the great litmus test of 
moral acuity -- the Middle East -- socialist countries and parties 
virtually all line up behind the Palestinians. They do so either out of 
moral confusion or out of cowardice -- it takes a lot more courage to 
support Israel than to support the Palestinians and the whole Muslim world. 
The socialist idea sounded altruistic to those who began it, and it sounds 
altruistic to the naive who believe in it today. In practice, however, it 
creates self-centered individuals and a narcissistic society. So while it 
may have begun as a way to help others, it has come to mean a way of 
evading responsibility for oneself and for others.

         That is why France is so frightened of the utterly rational idea 
that a young person should have a two-year trial period at work before 
being granted a lifetime job. Such an innovation in France would mean that 
young people would have to work hard and earn the right to lifetime 
employment. But if socialism means anything, it means that one shouldn't 
have to earn anything. One merely has to breathe. As much as America has 
been adversely affected by socialist thought, it is still inconceivable 
that in America hundreds of thousands of students would shut down their 
schools in order to gain the right not to be fired by the first company 
that hires them. But every time America's socialists, the Democrats, 
prevail in an election, we move in that direction. No matter how pure their 
motives, the Left makes America and its citizens less noble people, just 
like the spoiled French students.

Dennis Prager is a radio talk show host, author, and contributing columnist 
for Townhall.com.
Copyright © 2006 Creators Syndicate, Inc.  
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