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An Amusing Examination of Socialism

Ben Cohen, right, and Jerry Greenfield, left, at a rally for socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Exeter, N.H., February 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
Ben Cohen, right, and Jerry Greenfield, left, at a rally for socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Exeter, N.H., February 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Ben Cohen, right, and Jerry Greenfield, left, at a rally for socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Exeter, N.H., February 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

I’m a big believer that some images do a great job of capturing an issue.

Speaking of socialism, let’s look at some more images that reveal the essence of that bankrupt ideology.

Here’s a cartoon from Libertarian Reddit that does a great job of showing the real difference between capitalism and socialism.

 

Perfectly stated. Reminds me of the insights offered by Thatcher and Churchill.

Sadly, if you provide the statists with real-world evidence, many of them still prefer the world in top-right frame rather than the bottom-right frame.

Heck, the IMF actually publishes studies supporting equal levels of poverty.

As you might suspect, there are plenty of socialists who enjoy the benefits of capitalism while urging statism for everyone else. Think, for instance, about all the leftists who use tax havens.

Or this hipster millennial.

 

Maybe he could have a ménage à trois with Pajama Boy and Julia? Though only if everyone is guaranteed equal levels of disappointment.

Next is a helpful reminder from Bernie Sanders about the very thin line between socialism and communism.

 

Though I’m not sure there’s a meaningful difference.

Last but not least, this gem from Libertarian Reddit appealed to my juvenile sense of humor.

 

Basically the same message you find in the last item in this collection of socialism humor.

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Contributing Economist

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. Mitchell’s articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Washington Times. He is the author of "The Flat Tax: Freedom, Fairness, Jobs, and Growth," and co-author of "Global Tax Revolution: The Rise of Tax Competition and the Battle to Defend It."

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    “Socialism is great UNTIL you run out of OTHER peoples money” Margaret Thatcher.

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