OPINION: In reply to Ross Henderson and Gordon Brown (TDN columns, July 21).
There has never been a successful socialist state.
The move from tribalism to civilisation came about by the human concepts of individualism and property rights.
Individualism means that you do not belong to the tribe or collective. From this we derived the right to life and that the use of force to get what you want is immoral.
Property rights mean what you produce belongs to you, therefore theft is immoral.
We will never have a just or civilised society run by force and theft, which is the only way any form of collectivism, whether it's tribalism, socialism or fascism, can work.
Government produces no wealth; every bit of money the Government spends is taken from productive people.
Everything we have has been invented and brought into production by the people. Our economic problems are caused by big Government consuming evermore of our wealth and by the fact most governments have spent more dollars than they have been able to take in and therefore have had to borrow and inflate, until after 70 years of doing this, we arrive at the present inevitable stage we are witnessing of Western economic collapse.
Our own National government, which according to its own internet site believes in limited government, continues to borrow $300 million a week to fund the biggest government dollar spend ever and which grows under every budget, despite the rhetoric.
This is unsustainable as we can see by the socialist, welfare states going bankrupt from America to most of Europe. Our recession started in January 2007, 18 months before America and Europe, so we cannot blame anyone else.
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