Today it is the cry that equal housing is necessary for justice. Based on the logic the next cry will be for equal transportation and then equal clothing. This should bring to mind everyone on the bus dressed in Mao tunics.
Equality is a wonderful concept but if it is perverted by socialist thinking it becomes oppressive instead of liberating. Socialism as an economic system is not capable of generating the production that provides a population with plenty. If you look at the historic examples in North America, Jamestown and the Plymouth Colony, they started off with communistic plans and also started off with starvation and deprivation. If you look at countries that put their eggs into the socialistic basket you again see a pattern of scarcity and lack of options. Equality as a principle of socialism means that everyone, except the ruling elite of course, ends up equally hungry, cold and bored. Equal housing under socialism means that everyone except the elite lives in crowded conditions with a lack of heat and water. Don’t even bother asking about the air conditioning. When it comes to transportation it means that there is a train for everyone and cars for the elites. The Mao jacket may be a wonderful fashion trend but it rapidly loses its luster when your only choice is too big or too small.
Free enterprise offers equality of opportunity. You are free to put your resources where your heart is and some bread is expensive because it is extremely hard to bake, not because there is no bread to be had. If you want to get to work under free enterprise you have a choice of cars that boggles the mind. In a socialistic system you only choice is which train you are going to wait for.
We have all heard Margaret Thatcher’s quote about other people’s money. According to the Oxford Reference the actual quote is,
“Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money.”Either way, the thought is accurate. Some people like to lift up countries like Sweden as examples of successful socialism. What they overlook is that those countries are subsidizing their socialism with the equity built up over centuries of free enterprise capitalism. As the United States will soon find out, you can only live on deficit spending for so long.
Believe in equal opportunity. Vote for equal opportunity. In the long run it is the only equality that will work.
homo unius libri