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They have three, four, even five meals a day set for them without having to work for them; they do not pay for the roof over their heads, many have a brand-new car, but have contributed nothing to get it, much less pay for the U.S. highways on which they use their vehicles.
They have grown up in developed cities with thousands of job opportunities, have safe neighborhoods, with great police equipment, water supply, electricity, internet, gas, and markets with every product and brand imaginable, but they have never had to dedicate an hour of their lives to make all this happen. They live supported by their parents, but still, they are socialists and completely convinced that socialism is the best option for America, and of course, the world.
In 2018, according to a Gallup poll, 51% of young Americans favored socialism; and even, in a poll conducted by YouGov, 70% of young Americans said they would vote for a socialist, which speaks to the intrusion of Marxism in the classroom. Without paying taxes, without working, living in the sweetness of capitalism, the discourse of equality sounds very beautiful and just, although to take these teenage dreams to the real world is akin to a train moving a human body at 300 kilometers per hour.
In a forest in Idaho, in an unknown time, a man planted a gigantic apple tree to feed his family and his neighbors; he had decided that every day he would pick ten apples to feed his family, and so he lived in abundance with his wife and three daughters for a while, until his four hungry neighbors asked him to share his fruits; the man agreed, he even told them that he could help them plant other trees, or that they could take apples from his, but they did not want to, so they asked him to give them at least 10% of his harvest, to which he agreed, in order to help them.
Over time the neighbors continued to complain about the excess of apples that the man had, so they decided to form the community’s government as they were in the majority. Now the man had to give them 30% of his harvest, and although he did not feel comfortable with this he ended up agreeing to avoid a violent disagreement.
For a time they lived under these conditions until the people in the local government began to reproduce, the neighbors had children, and now they needed more apples and so the tax went from 30% to 40%, to 50%, until finally, it reached 70% because all the families had to be fed from the apple tree, and they called this “social justice.”
For years the government of the neighbors did not want to plant trees, much less harvest their fruits; they were only interested in taking away from the man who worked his harvest because for them that “was fair”; the man had to reduce his food portions to be able to feed his family, and as a result, he became ill and died. When he died, the apple harvest began to be lost, no one planted more trees or harvested their fruits, social justice disappeared with the productive engine of society, then little by little, not only the members of the “just government” began to die, but also the family of the man who had planted the apple tree.
Yes, I just invented the fable; it is just a micro example of how socialism and “social justice” end up on a larger scale; this has already been seen on a larger scale in countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, East Germany, Allende’s Chile, among other cases of different countries, with different conditions, cultures, resources, but that when a socialist economic system is implemented, it ends up ruined.
44 years ago in Venezuela the nationalization of oil was decreed and concessions were taken away from private companies. The state since then began to distribute the wealth of the country to the population, the result of this is that the economy began to plummet and culturally, Venezuelans became more and more accustomed to live on government handouts, This led to the arrival of Chavism a couple of decades later, a process that today has pushed 96% of Venezuelans into poverty, despite being the country with the largest proven oil reserves on Earth.
Nevertheless, despite the absolute failure of socialism time and time again, millions of teenagers in the world continue to fall in love with its ideas and try to apply them in their nations, and the United States does not escape this reality. Despite being the most successful and powerful nation in the entire world, today at least half of its teenagers believe in the ideas that impoverished the planet, in the ideas that their ancestors fought against precisely to provide them with a better future.
Socialist teenagers who want to save the world should start by learning to save themselves, they could start by getting a job, start producing wealth and paying their bills, maybe then they can understand the value of things. Then they can start paying taxes, then they can decide if they want to live in states like California that have one of the highest tax rates in the country, or they can think about whether they prefer to live in Florida or Texas (states to which Californians are curiously escaping in droves today).
After this process, they might even think about opening their own company, there they will have a new opportunity to choose if they prefer to register it in Delaware or New York, and if their business model is sustainable paying 40% taxes, or if it is more feasible to generate employment and wealth with tax rates below 18%.
Of course, no one is going to refute their desire to save the world, the only thing I would advise them to do is to first get to know the world and how it works, learn to take care of themselves first, and be able to tidy their own room, before trying to generate revolutions that will bring down entire societies.
Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American