John on December 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Newsbusters caught this moment from today’s installment of the View:
I gotta say, I think Whoopi is on to something here. Communism actually does have an appealing message “on paper.” Everyone has everything they need and everyone works to the best of their ability for the good of everyone else. The problem with this, as she sort of says, is that it’s not a system fit for actual human beings who tend to be selfish, venal and lazy among other things.
The beauty of our system of government is that it was designed by men who believed the greatest danger to man’s freedom was the power of other men. So they designed a government of enumerated powers whose structure was intended to make the accumulation of power by individuals and groups difficult and short lived. And they capped it off by adding a list of rights which were inviolable no matter who was in power.
Their insight into human nature helps explain why “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” can never succeed. It assumes people are able to be honest about their abilities and needs when in fact most people vastly overestimate both given half a chance.
Now I’d like to assume Whoopi had all that in mind only…”I keep my fingers crossed” sounds like the hope of the invincibly ignorant. This is why, no matter how many times communism flames out in a horror of mass murders people keep trying again. Well meaning folks like Whoopi keep imagining it’ll be different this time. No it won’t. It never will. Not until people are angels instead of human beings.
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