Does Socialism Work? – A Teacher’s Lesson to His Students

Roxi being a good Friend when Paisley had a broken leg last Christmas

Roxi being a good Friend when Paisley had a broken leg last Christmas

Well this was another great post I found on facebook by a gentleman named Ed Will, and being a Moderate Conservative, and soon to be college professor (give or take about 6 years) I thought I would share.  I liked how this particular professor demonstrated to his students how Socialism was supposed to work.  I think he made his point and the Students were a little wiser at the end of the semester.  And I know you’re probably wondering about the dog picture here.  I thought it fit somehow, because, well, Roxi thought she was pretty equal to Paisley when it came to fitting into the little dog beds, but looking at it, we know she’s not.  

 

 

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 Obama’s 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 Obama’s plan”. 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 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. 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.  It could not be any simpler than that. Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.   These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment: 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without 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.See More

 

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8 thoughts on “Does Socialism Work? – A Teacher’s Lesson to His Students

  1. That was an outstanding way to explain how the nature of a wholly socialistic system is at odds with the nature of basic human behavior. Thanks for that.

  2. Dian5 says:

    Wonderful teacher! I’m curious as to what the reaction of the school administers was.

  3. btphelps says:

    A great story, if only it were true. An earlier variation was first reported in 1994. http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/socialism.asp

    • Yes, I discovered after I found this on Facebook about the Snopes report, but I still like the example, true or not. Not a big believer in Socialism and this provided an easy to understand view of why it won’t work. :)

  4. Thomas Theis says:

    Is God a socialist? Remember the manna in the desert for 40 years?

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