Since I was a teenager, I have been an ardent capitalist. While some of my politics may have changed I don’t think I will ever abandon my view that the best overall system of organizing a society would include some kind of capitalism as it’s basis. To me it has always been common sense that a society as a whole will not prosper if there is no incentive to improve and achieve more. That said I definitely have a softer side and believe that a society is ultimately judged by the way it treats its most disadvantaged. I believe in universally-accessible health care, pensions for the disabled, and looking after the senior citizens in our society (those who can’t look after themselves, that is).
In the past few years a very instructive legend has Clay Matthews Authentic Jersey been making the rounds on the internet, and is being attributed to a nameless Economics prof at Texas Tech. It appears that the story predates the “internet age” and in fact it may not even be true, however it’s enlightening as to the effects of Clay Matthews Jersey taking away incentive in a society.
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied ‘hard’ were upset and the students who studied ‘little’ were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied ‘even less’ and the ones who studied hard decided their efforts were not really rewarded as they felt they should be, so they backed off and didn’t try as hard.
The second test average was a ‘D’. No one was happy. The harder-working students were very upset that their efforts, while not as strong as normal, were clearly not being properly reflected in the grade. The poorer students were still pretty happy as a D is still a pass, and they didn’t really even have to try.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the slackers continued slacking, and the stronger students backed off even more, resulting in an overall average of an F.
As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that “socialism” would also ultimately ‘fail’ because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
The rebuilding of Japan – proving the point!
Sixty-five or so years ago, the allies (Americans) bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the most devastating weapons ever used before or since. The two cities were virtually destroyed by bombs that contained the same force as about 15,000 Tons of TNT. I’m not sure I could even calculate how many sticks of dynamite it equalled but I bet it would fill a hockey arena…
Japan has no “welfare” system as we know the use of that word; meaning that unless you’re old or sick, you can forget about any government handouts. The Japanese expect you to get help from your family unless you fall into one of Clay Matthews Kids Jersey the disadvantaged categories. This mentality — among other things of course — seems to have aided Clay Matthews Womens Jersey them in the rebuilding of these two once-devastated cities into shining examples of how humans can pick up the pieces when dealing with adversity. Look at some of the pictures below of Hiroshima today!!!
Contrast this with Detroit, also 65 years after the allied “victory” over Japan, and tell me that welfare states work…
The lessons learned:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without Clay Matthews Youth Jersey working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.