Why I hate socialism. Sweden

“Independence and hard work was the common perception of a decent life, and the common perception of morality. That was less than one hundred years ago.”

“The problem is that the welfare state was created and it would dramatically change people’s lives and affect their morality in a fundamental way.”

“But the world is ever-changing, and the welfare state therefore requires people to be stronger and morally superior to people in societies lacking a welfare state.”

“Decent morality is long gone. It was completely destroyed in little more than two generations — through public welfare benefits and the concept of welfare rights.”

“The political change as the children of the welfare state grew up and started taking part in politics was massive. The rather communist student revolts of 1968 were probably the peak of this radical generation demanding more for themselves through state redistribution; they claimed no personal responsibility for their lives, nor ever thought of having to pitch in themselves. “I’m in need,” they argued, and from that claim they directly inferred a right to satisfy that need — be it food, shelter, or a new car.”

“They are children of the welfare state and are fully aware of the social security benefits to which they have a “right.” They don’t reflect on where these benefits come from, but are skeptical towards politicians whom they believe might take them away. “Change” quickly became a bad word, since it necessarily implies a change to the system on which people are parasitically dependent.”

“With this generation, the formerly held truth that production precedes consumption is replaced by a belief in having an inviolate and natural “human right” to welfare services supplied by the state.”

“For this generation there is no causality whatsoever in social life; whatever you do is not your responsibility — even having children. These are the current younger adults in Swedish society.”

“My grandparents lived in a totally different world philosophically and morally, and my parents still wear remnants of their parents’ “old” sense of justice and their perception of right and wrong.  While my generations’ parents are only “partly tainted” (which is bad enough), my generation is totally screwed up. Not having grown up with the sound values of our grandparents, but instead with those propagandized by the nanny state, the grandchildren of the welfare state have no understanding whatsoever of economics.”

“A common perception of justice among the “grandchildren” is that individuals have an everlasting claim on society to supply one with whatever one finds necessary (or enjoyable).”

“The welfare state creates problems and conflicts on many levels, forcing people to compete for shares of continuously decreasing wealth. The solution: more regulation and even less prosperity. This is what happens when need and want replaces merit and experience in both public and personal morality.”

“What we are now seeing in Sweden is the perfectly logical consequence of the welfare state: when handing out benefits and thereby taking away the individual’s responsibility for his or her own life, a new kind of individual is created — the immature, irresponsible, and dependent. In effect, what the welfare state has created is a population of psychological and moral children — just as parents who never let their children face problems, take responsibility, and come up with solutions themselves, make their offspring needy, spoiled, and utterly demanding.”

“From the perspective of a bystander (as I consider myself) this madness all makes sense — teaching people they do not need to worry about the consequences of their actions makes willingly dependent subjects. The welfare state has created the egotistical monsters it claims to save us from — through handing out privileges and benefits to everybody at “nobody’s” expense.”

“The result of this degenerated morality on a social or societal level is a disaster economically, socially, psychologically, and philosophically.”

“But this is also a personal tragedy for many thousands of Swedes. People seem unable to enjoy life without responsibility for one’s actions and choices, and it is impossible to feel pride and independence without having the means to control one’s life. The welfare state has created a dependent people utterly incapable of finding value in life; instead, they find themselves incapable of typical human feelings such as pride, honor, and empathy. These feelings, along with the means to create meaning to life, have been taken over by the welfare state.”

Source: http://mises.org/daily/2190

Author: http://perbylund.com/

 

I mostly hate socialism because I am a human, not the cattle in the barn. My most important right is my right of my responsibility for my own life.

May God defend me from my friends, I can defend myself from my enemies…

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7 thoughts on “Why I hate socialism. Sweden

  1. Yoshiko

    Someone said as below on 1999 (sorry but I’m not sure his name),
    “The reason socialism failed may have to do with the sad human tendency for those who take over the government to desire more power and then end up neglecting the people.
    Capitalism openly allows people to pursue their own desires, however, and capitalists are now playing a money game that is out of proportion to the actual economy.
    They move large amounts of money to a country in order to make a profit, and when they cause a sudden jump in the price of stocks and securities, they sell them off.
    Naturally, as a result, this throws the economy of that country, as well as the economies of the countries linked to that country, into a great confusion, like that after a great typhoon, and the people are reduced to a sorry state.
    People of every age are at the mercy of a small number of greedy people, and it’s ironic that many of these greedy people are later looked back on not as criminals but as the heroes of history.
     
    Hi, Nadia :)
    Finaly I visit your website ;)
    This is nice! :D Thank you♥
     

  2. Nadia Sidorenko Post author

    Desire to compete is the main trait of the human nature. Our species is the most successful because of our aggression and ability to compete, not because of our brain, and least of all because of the ability to empathize and altruism. We are not good, we are not kind, it’s delusion, and every adult has to realize this simple idea to be responsible about our dangerous power.

    The advocates of socialism should be aware that it’s impossible to provide equality along with freedom of choice even theoretically. Also, any socialistic society actually has the same classes as any capitalistic one. I have 3 generations of the “socialistic” people behind, from the times of bloody revolution to the decaying corpse of the true socialism, so it’s empirical experience, not only theory. In the society where competition is explicitly prohibited, there are many dirty, unclear and dishonest ways to get power, and the desire of power is alive and kicking. The main advantage of the capitalistic model is that everyone is allowed to try. It’s nothing that prevent one to be rich except of one’s own laziness for most people.

    I am not an advocate of the brutal capitalism, it has many shortcomes in that form we have it right now. But its conception is much healthy and closer to what we humans really are. And it looks much wiser to work with the real thing to improve it, instead of utopian theory.

    It’s just an awful article I have quoted. The people over the world just have driven crazy. They are actually happy to exchange their dignity and freedom for food.

    Hi Yoshiko!
    Welcome to the blog :)
    It’s awful I know, but when it has at least some content, I have some stimulus to make it decent :)

    And sorry for my ugly commenting mechanism, I will be good girl in a bit, I promise :)

  3. Yoshiko

    Hi, Nadia
    Thank you for your reply :)
    May be I feel the effects of kinds of these films :P
    http://youtu.be/IhydyxRjujU
    http://youtu.be/IhydyxRjujU
    I surely like Michael Moore’s documentary films :D
    http://youtu.be/-hHnSlZsVRI That was the USA :O :(
    I hate profit-at-any-cost capitalism.
    But I like democracy.
    “Democracy is the worst form of government except all those others that have been tried from time to time.” — Sir Winston Churchill ;)
    America was able to spread the ideas of capitalism under the guise of democracy all over the world…
     
    Anyway, I love your blog, very interesting to read! :D
    Just the way you are ♥ ;)
     
     

  4. Nadia Sidorenko Post author

    Thank you, Yoshiko, I will definitely watch the films, but a bit later, we – brutal capitalists :) – spend too much of our time working. I will have my 2 weeks (yyyyyeeeeaahhh!) vacation starting next week, so more time as well.

    But I can clarify my point a little right now. I think, I can imagine what is that thing your films are about. Some have too much wealth meanwhile the poor have actually nothing. Yes, it’s truth. It’s the shortcoming of the capitalism – some are too rich, redundantly rich. And some are rich because of “profit-at-any-cost” conception. And it’s bad thing.

    I hate “profit-at-any-cost” whatsoever. I start my own business because I never liked the way large companies make their money. But I had this opportunity. And it’s the main thing. I also have an experience with socialistic society. With true socialistic society. The people who think that USSR was bad state because of totalitarism just can’t realize that soviet totalitarism was a natural consequence of socialism. You can’t make all the people equal without violence. It’s impossible. It’s unnatural for humans.

    By the way, I also like democracy and especially Churchill :), seriously, I am not joking. And I can’t express it better than he did:

    Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth.

    Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.

     

    Any conception is actually an idea. So we can build some kind of morality on the ground of the particular idea.

    I argue that capitalistic idea is much more realistic, so can provide healthy morality, socialistic idea has nothing to do with real world, so its morality is obviously artificial.

    Yes, we have to defend everyone’s right, and we have to control if everyone is in equal conditions on the start. Yes, not everyone wants and is able to be entrepreneur, we should have teachers, doctors, programmers, etc. But entrepreneurs also can’t exist without teachers and doctors. So everyone actually have the opportunity to be great, and to be fairly rewarded, in what is his business, is it medicine or entrepreneurship.

    I live at the relatively hard times in the poor corrupt country, and I don’t know a single person who would be not successful and would demand social security if he worked hard, including my own 78y.o. grandpa, who still has a job and makes his money himself.

    It’s my kind of happiness – to be capable to take care of my self at my own discretion to the end of my days.

     

    Socialism is a monstrous perverted idea, besides shamelessly invoking to sense of justice and morality, just like a religion.

  5. Nadia Sidorenko Post author

    Sorry, a word about big companies. We are all so busy complaining of big companies, as if it is not we who buy their services. They are powerful? Really? Ok, but it’s we who can not pay up them. But often most are too lazy even for searching a simple service alternative.

    Most people prefer to be sheep. What really bothers them is to be well-fed sheep.

    And thank you for your comments!

  6. Yoshiko

    > I start my own business because I never liked the way large companies make their money. 
    Great! It is the best way!! I want to value a spirit of entrepreneurship.
    And you are doing! ♪☆
    I define an entrepreneur as a person who has an idea and does something to achieve it.
    And I believe you are the person! ;)
     
    > It’s my kind of happiness – to be capable to take care of my self at my own discretion to the end of my days.
    It’s my kind of happiness, too :)
    Take good care of yourself ♥
     
    “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.” — Andy Warhol
    I think he proclaimed the virtues of democracy :D
     
    However, I rarely drink Coke :P
     
    > Most people prefer to be sheep. What really bothers them is to be well-fed sheep.
    Interesting! :D Thank you, Nadia ;)
     
    “The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.” — Stendhal
     
    Have a happy Sunday ☀

  7. Nadia Sidorenko Post author

    Hi :)

    I am on my vacation finally! :)

    I’m afraid many people have a romanticized or stereotypical view of entrepreneurship. It’s a job like many others, first and foremost. And it’s not about making money, not only about making money. By and large it’s like happiness. Actually all people have their own idea of happiness. What is happiness for me, not sure is the same for you. So for me personally entrepreneurship is mostly about freedom. So called “mere mortals” spend too much of their time earning their own freedom. For me it sounds somehow like that: 40+ hours per week I am spending to earn opportunity to be myself on the weekend if my boss allows me.

    Bad deal to me. But it’s their choice :) I respect everyone’s choice. I just need others to respect mine. It doesn’t seem that socialists are going to do this. So I don’t like these guys :) Although it’s mutual feeling, and we’re aware that everything mutual is undoubtlesly good thing :) :) ;)

    In the real life entrepreneurship is mostly hard work but (!) on what is your own choice. For many. I am sick and tired of this monotonous pictures of greedy capitalists wearing top hats. I personally never wanted a lot of money, just to be left alone by state and society :)

    Andy Warhol proclaimed the virtues of depravity, alcoholism and drug addiction I suspect ))))))

    I am sure democracy is not about money and goods distribution. Democracy is about initial human right to have free choice in one’s own life. But we humans are able to vulgarize any even most brightest idea.

    > “The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.” — Stendhal

    I have said before, it’s the sheep’s choice to have that shepherd and to have him as a matter of fact. I think many tend to shift the responsibility for their own choice to the first comer. It’s not surprising that getting rid of one religion we immediately create another.

     

    Thanks! Sunday was a great day! I have been sleeping :)))) Have a whole happy week!

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