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An example of the problem with Socialism

I often ask myself, why after Independence, has the Indian economy failed to realise its great potential?  There could be several factors but adoption of Marxist Socialistic models is the major culprit.  

An economics  professor was often confronted by a majority of his idealistic students. They insisted that Socialism was a a great equaliser, a system that worked, where no one will be rich nor poor. 
Socialism leads to declining performance
The professor said "Ok, let's conduct an experiment in this class on socialism. The experiment is that results would be averaged out and everyone will receive the same grade." 

After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a 'B'. Naturally, the students who had studied hard were upset and the ones who had hardly studied at all were delighted.

As the second test rolled in, the hardworking students decided that they were not going to get an 'A', studied less, and the ones who had earlier studied little, studied even less. When the results came out everyone got an average grade of 'D'.

By the third test everyone failed. Now people started blaming others,  bickering started, and there was a lot of ill will. 


Young people are often naive and idealistic. Therefore the theory of socialism as a provider of equality appeals to them.

However no matter how great an ideal, it cannot override basic human nature of seeking reward. Incentive drives effort, that is expectation of reward proportional to effort and output.

When the government or systems take away the reward, then there is no incentive to work leave alone work harder, innovate or improve. 

Results are always disappointing and will continue to decline, until they hit rock bottom and then great troubles erupt. 

Socialists, conveniently overlook the fact that wealth must be earned before it can be shared. 

One can always be generous with someone else wealth.  At first, Socialists take from the 'haves', the 'producers of wealth' who represent a smaller percentage of the population, and give to the 'have nots', the 'non producers' who represent the majority, thus making them happy.  

Due to a lack of incentive, performance and output decline continuously until the Socialistic system  finally collapses.  The only beneficiaries are corrupt officials and their associates.

India is not alone in having lost much of her wealth and vitality by shifting from community based Socialism to an imported  Marxist model of Socialism. Most nations pay a heavy price and eventually collapse. 

Socialism  has failed to deliver its promise, as is evident from the collapse of former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. 
Greece and Venezuela are current glaring examples. 
China, North Korea and several Western European countries like Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain are likely to join the club of economies ruined by Socialism.

What then are the alternatives?
Unbridled Capitalism is probably a worse alternative but that is a subject for another article.


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