Dennis Prager On Socialism
John A. Quayle
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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
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
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
Copyright © 2006 Creators Syndicate, Inc.
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