Days of Change

It Doesn’t Make Sense | March 4, 2014

One of the things that makes socialism seductive is that it claims to harness the power of humanity to make everyone’s life better. What makes it completely worthless is that it ignores human nature. In practice, people under socialism do less and take more. The leaders of socialist movements either lose control of their government, bribe citizens until they run out of money or enforce their philosophy at the point of a gun. In reality, it makes no sense.

This is the case with the Obama foreign policy of not doing anything. Part of the strategy is to stop trying to prevent bad situations and wait for the rest of the world to get fed up enough to do something. This has only been marginally effective. This is the Democrats’ domestic policy. They are willing to take down the economy when the Republicans put up any resistance. Republicans usually fold because they fear the short-term damage may affect their long-term election chances.

The problem is Putin. Some have touted Obama’s “success” with the Iranian nuclear program. That amounted to paying them off for the promise of not testing a nuclear weapon until after Obama is out of office. Putin does not want a temporary bribe from the United States. He wants a permanent realignment of Russian influence. He knows that Obama will not cowboy up as George W. Bush might have.

For his part, Obama cannot understand why Putin is unwilling to play ball the same way so many others in his experience have. This goes to the concept of “understanding” dictators and other autocrats. Much like the architects of socialism, the White House has some idea that a deep enough understanding of human nature would allow them to manipulate it. To paraphrase Lincoln, you can manipulate some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. The only way to manipulate Putin is with force.

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1 Comment

  1. What makes [socialism] completely worthless is that it ignores human nature.

    So I’ve been saying since I first read Marx 50 years ago.
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    Putin is a man, obama, a boy. The msm, of course, villifies the adult and dotes on its spoiled brat.

    Comment by Mary — March 5, 2014 @ 12:01 am


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