Socialism Test

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had failed very few students, but had once 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 meaning, obviously, no one will receive an A.”

They all agreed to this. After the first test the grades were averaged, everyone got a C. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little studied even less; and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little. The second test average was a D!

No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. 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 dismay the professor failed them all.

Then he sent all of them this note: “A socialistic government will also ultimately fail — because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all reward away, no one will try to succeed.”

Socialism can’t be made any clearer than this! And, remember, we have many Congressmen, and now a President, who hold to socialistic ideals. If they are allowed to succeed, the United States as it once existed, conceived as a democratic republic with limited government, will eventually cease to exist.

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money” – Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism only works if it were possible for everyone to be on welfare. Is it possible? No. Because if everyone were on welfare who would pay the taxes to cover the costs of welfare? If you still say the government will, then it can no longer be socialism because a government who pays for everything exects to be reimbursed in some way. Forced Labor, take your property, tell you what to do. That is Fascism. That is an oligarchy. That is why solcialism will not work. So I guess the next question is ‘Do you want fascism?’ That is the true question.” –Sean M House – President of SOAR



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4 responses to “Socialism Test

  1. nhiemstra

    Who can say how much is necessary? That’s none of anyone’s control or business. Plus you are under the presumption that it is a zero+ gain . . . tell me specifically whose well being has been hindered? Someone creates a product that is attractive to the market place and people buy it. Hopefully there is a profit when they sell it so they can produce more, and employ more, which in turn, adds to the total economy.

  2. Liam Whitton

    The problem is in the metaphor; an A is a valuable personal success of which there can be a plurality, but possessing billions isn’t necessary for anyone, and at the expense of other’s wellbeing is irresponsible and, dare I say, immoral.

  3. nhiemstra

    You missed the point of the teachers example. It has been proven in real-life. If there is not benefit to an individual, they will not work hard. The pilgrims learned that real early. Tom Bradford wrote about a social experiment they tried where everyone worked and shared in common their produce.

    “‘The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,’ Bradford wrote. ‘For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense…that was thought injustice.’

    Why should you work for other people when you can’t work for yourself? What’s the point?

    Do you hear what he was saying here? The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So Bradford’s community unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property.

    Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result?

    ‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, ‘for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.’

    Bradford doesn’t sound like much of aliberal Democrat, “does he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? Yes.

    Read the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Following Joseph’s suggestion (Genesis 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the ‘seven years of plenty’ and the ‘Earth brought forth in heaps.’ (Genesis 41:47)

    The Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves…. So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London.

    And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.'” You can read the whole story here:

  4. Zac in VA

    Why wouldn’t the students all study hard together?
    You just know those AP/Honor Society kids among them couldn’t stand to let the average be that low.
    If you really believe this story, you have a terrbly dismal view of human nature.

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