Hypocrisy and Capitalism

Fidel Castro once said, “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating … because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.” What is most curious in this quote is the apparent innocence with which a famous socialist dictator uses the term hypocrisy, as if the socialist alternative to capitalism were anything but hypocrisy. Socialist dictators often allege that economic freedom is slavery and then, through a socialist revolution, bring real slavery to an entire people. The socialist dictator says, “I am a liberator.” He blames the free market for poverty, and then he annihilates the free market in favor of near universal poverty. A politician like Castro, promising happiness and freedom, nonetheless delivers the exact opposite and has the nerve to say that capitalism is hypocritical.

Consider the old Soviet joke which asks, “Comrade, what is the definition of capitalism?” The answer comes back, “It is a system where man exploits man while socialism is the exact opposite.” The joke works nicely in all socialist countries. The socialist dictator blames the free market for the world’s problems. He assumes a dictatorship over the economy, over investment, over opportunity. It is a total dictatorship because the state takes total control. And what could be more “filthy” and “gross”?

And what does socialism cause? Consider the death and destruction wrought by the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (see R.J. Rummel’s work), or by Hitler’s National Socialist German Worker’s Party? It is not unexpected, in this context, to learn that the young Castro was an admirer of Hitler and went through school with a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf under his arm. According to Agustin Blazquez and Jaums Sutton, Castro was nicknamed “the crazy” for mimicking “the speeches of Hitler and Mussolini in front of a mirror, practicing their mannerisms hour after hour.” Here we see Castro’s true ambition. He never cared about the economy. He fashioned himself after the great dictators. He aspired to absolute power. As a socialist demagogue he says that capitalism causes war, poverty and alienation. He then promises peace, prosperity, and brotherly love. “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises,” wrote Edmund Burke, “for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.”

Look at America today. The socialist decries the free market. In one area after another the market is retreating while socialism advances. We only have to look at Obamacare to see what is happening to the insurance and healthcare industries. “Our whole life is so given over to destructionism,” wrote Mises, “that one can hardly name a field into which it has not penetrated.”

Hypocrisy is the charge laid at the door of capitalism. The socialist should look in a mirror.

Full article: Hypocrisy and Capitalism (JR Nyquist | Financial Sense Online)

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