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Excellent example of socialism

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Little-Acorn, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Little-Acorn

    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

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    Probably an urban legend. But an excellent description nonetheless. It illustrates the intentions of socialism, the way it's often implemented... and the unintended consequences that lead to the actual result.

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    http://www.theospark.net/2009/03/experiment-in-socialism.html

    Experiment in Socialism

    Wednesday, 18 March 2009

    An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. The 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 would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. 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. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided that since they could not make an A, they studied less. 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, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else. All failed to their great surprise and the professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder people try to succeed the greater their reward but when a government takes all the reward away; no one will try or succeed.

    H/T Shelly
     
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    The most enoyable part of propaganda is that it usually doesn't make any sense... as is the case here.
     
  3. Little-Acorn

    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

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    This is usually true, to people who have no sense.

    Back to the subject:
    In a society where people who do better or produce more, see it taken away from them, is there any real incentive to do better or produce more?
     
  4. GenSeneca

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    I couldn't agree more!

    Oh-Ba-Ma!

    Yes we can!

    Change, Change, Change!

    We are the ones we've been waiting for!

    None of that makes sense but it was enjoyable enough to cause fainting and zombie like mindlessness for millions.

    However, none of that is relevent to the story about how eliminating, or limiting, reward stifles acheivement and reduces effort. Its an undisputable, well established fact that you cannot build up one person by tearing the guy next to him down to his level.

    Altruism should always be voluntary. Every time its been made mandatory, we have seen horrific atrocities done in the name of the common good.
     
  5. Mr. Shaman

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    Not to worry!

    The original-efforts, at promoting socialism, appear on-the-wane.​
     
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