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Socialist theories ignore human nature; people are self centered

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To the editor,

Here in Thursday's paper I again find one of James Veverka's long-winded letters espousing his Marxist socialist take on the world, complete with historical distortions. Jimmy V tells readers that our traditional free enterprise system only works in cartoons. Really? Well history says he's wrong. For over two hundred years capitalism and free enterprise worked so well that the U.S. became the economic engine of the world. It created tens of millions of jobs paying ...

To the editor,

Here in Thursday's paper I again find one of James Veverka's long-winded letters espousing his Marxist socialist take on the world, complete with historical distortions. Jimmy V tells readers that our traditional free enterprise system only works in cartoons. Really? Well history says he's wrong. For over two hundred years capitalism and free enterprise worked so well that the U.S. became the economic engine of the world. It created tens of millions of jobs paying workers well enough to buy their own homes, cars and create a living standard never before seen by any nation. Scientific discoveries in health and medicine increased life expectancy by decades. Even "poor" people in this country live far better then three quarters of the rest of the humans on this planet. Heck you would never know it from the words and tenor coming from Jim. So let me compare this with the Marxist/socialist alternative.

Nazi Germany was a socialist state, it failed. Why? Because it couldn't fund it's socialist programs and to do so embarked on wars of conquest, looting every nation they took over. Soviet Russia failed, again couldn't meet it's budget requirements even after looting all of eastern Europe after WW2. China, where they have turned away from socialist concepts though are still a totalitarian power could not survive with their economic system the way it was. Western Europe, failing even after over 65 years of being subsidized by the US.

So, in general what has socialism contributed to the human condition? Dictators, wars, failed economy's. violations of human rights, the list goes on and on. Sure they make it sound so reasonable when they speak of it in theory but their theories leave out the human nature factor. People are basically self centered, it's a hard-wired survival instinct instilled in our brains by a million years of evolution. This is why we praise people who over come their basic instincts with altruism and generosity. We are not bees or ants who have a hive instinct we are what we are and no amount of training or education changes that. Mr. Veverka does not recognize that fact in his thinking, nor do most socialists, which may be why they blind themselves to our realities.

Steve Earle

Hill