A reply to TiietsoMakhele - in reality, Socialism is a dead duck in SA

2017-08-10 14:08

To quote Winston Churchill: 'No-one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.'

Also: 'The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.'.

Tieetso paints a glowing picture of Socialism. Unfortunately he omits to mention a few very basic facts:

1) Public services have to be paid for: e.g. health, education, policing, roads, railways, social grants etc etc.

2) Where does this money come from? Well, the State of course.

3) Where does the State get its money from? Ummm...the taxpayer. No dodging that fact.

Now Socialism can work in countries like the Nordic ones where over 60% of the population pays tax. However, here in South Africa, Schussler - an eminent economist - worked out a couple of years ago that only about 5 or 6 million South Africans pay 95% of all taxes. Note: ALL TAXES. That's income tax, VAT, corporate tax and all the other dozens of stealth taxes like petrol tax and carbon tax the ANC has foisted on us. Paid for by about, say, 6 million people now out of 55 million or more. And those 6 million people are currently being taxed half to death - just to support the other nearly 50 million people - with social grants and all the rest. Plus we have over 9 million unemployed people.

So how can 6 million support 50 million, Tiietso? Maybe, print more money??? Right - then we'll soon have trillion rand notes just to buy a box of matches, like Zim.

The only way to turn this country around is to get more people working. That will take decent education from pre-school level (something the ANC doesn't do). Decent primary and high school teaching (destroyed by SADTU.) Proper training colleges and technikons - which the ANC closed in their infinite wisdom.

Communism has destroyed every country where it has been. Look at West Germany vs East Germany before the wall came down. Utter poverty vs wealth. Look at North and South Korea today. I rest my case.

The whole problem with Communism and Socialism is summed up in this old Polish proverb: 'If I lie down , I get 1000 kopeks a month. If I stand up I get 1000 kopeks a month. Why stand up?'   

Just how is Socialism the answer in SA, Tieetso? How are 6 million going to pay for the other 50 million? Did you ever do maths at school? If so, please let us know what the answer is.


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