Some still believe that there are good versions of socialism. People who have had little real experience with life. Actors, certain politicians, and the uber-rich, have come to these conclusions free of the pesky problem of experience. Having to produce for yourself rather than have things handed to you makes you appreciate how wealth is created. The problem is that those who want the government to pay for everything live off of the capital that only free market capitalism can produce.
But, if we start with a poor society, which has not the 200 years of capital and scientific advances that free Christian thinking produces, then the results are very different than the propped up and pretended results of European Socialism. And this is easily demonstrated in Venezuela.
Years of socialist price controls and rock-bottom crude oil prices have left the nation of Venezuela with little money left to spend on presents, feasts, or even Christmas lights, as residents complain December feels like “any other month” after two years of President Nicolás Maduro.
“This year, Christmas is dead, there is not enough money,” Elise Belisario, a resident of the Caracas suburb Petare, tells Agence France-Presse (AFP). She notes there is no Christmas decor anywhere and people do not have enough money to buy presents. Some cannot even afford the basic goods needed to put together a traditional feast of roast pork and assorted sides.
The problem is that the socialist forgets that the State, with all of its power, is not an agent of production. The State, rather than being an entity that produces wealth, it is an entity that destroys or consumes wealth. The State is necessary, it protects and defends from evil doers, but its services cost money. So as the decider on who produces what and when, it causes the reward to be removed.
Let me show you what I mean. If you have two kids and tell one where he is to study and what he is to study, he might do okay for a while. But if you tell that same kid that no matter how hard he works he will share his grades with the second kid, you have taken his reward. Likewise, when the never-do-wells are paid the same for less production, then the productive stop being productive.
We have to understand that this cannot work because God will not be mocked. We live in a work/reward system created by God. If we are not willing to work, we are not to eat. 2 Thess. 3:6-13 reads
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; 9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
Remembering that God will not be mocked even in or by a society. When we refuse to apply God’s truth to His creation, we as a people will bear the punishment. This is where socialism and other non-Christian economics lead, starvation.