Over in Pennsylvania, the union for liquor store workers in the state-controlled liquor monopoly is running alarmist ads insisting that privatizing the liquor industry will cause mass death.
If you can’t trust ordinary mortals with the difficult and dangerous task of selling bottles of liquor, what can you trust them with? Nothing.
There is no reason why liquor has to be a state monopoly except that it pays better for liquor store workers. It also pays better in every other industry.
Nationalizing industries is a bad deal for consumers and taxpayers, but a great deal for workers. And all it takes is declaring the industry a vital one that can’t be entrusted to the same boobs who run nuclear power plants, design artificial limbs and build dams, but must be put in the care of the great minds responsible for forcing banks to loan money to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back, an economic catastrophe that we are still recovering from.
Like government toilet paper, subsidizing jobs makes jobs harder to find, but that is only of concern to the people who don’t have them. Every economic system creates those who have and those who don’t. Socialism creates have nots with the same system that it creates haves, manufacturing scarcity for social justice.
Socialism is an economy in which the haves have jobs giving out welfare and the have nots have jobs receiving it. The one truly scarce commodity under Socialism is employment because there is only so much welfare to be given out.
Consolidating an industry improves the bargaining power of its employees while diminishing the quality of service. And then there are no longer two tiers, only the tier of the monopoly.
Nationalize industries in parts or all the way and you end up with taxpayer funded and worker run industries that are run for the benefit of the workers. It’s a Socialism of the civil service, a bureaucratic collectivism that plays at public service.
The return of the guild system walls off more of those rivers that the Middle Class once depended on to reach the shore. Services become sinecures. Jobs are allocated based on racial representation. The number of employees is inflated while the results vanish. The system exists for the sake of the system.
In Mexico, teachers from its powerful union pass on their jobs to their children and sell them. Soon enough it will be that way in Los Angeles too.
When jobs are subsidized then jobs are scarce and it only stands to reason that those who are lucky
enough to get their hands on government jobs will want to pass them on to their children. In America the rallying cry of teachers’ unions is that they are doing it for the children. That is also the rallying cry in Mexico, except that they mean their own children. Naturally. Why should they care about anyone else’s children? They’re public servants, not humanitarians.
There is something medieval about public service being transformed into a family business but this sort of “privatization” is a commonplace consequence of a system in which government jobs are the ultimate commodity.
The idealism of Socialism turns savage as the Middle Class finds it harder than ever to go up but easier than ever to go down. All you have to do is give up and a life of hopelessness is waiting for you. There will even be cheap government toilet paper… though it may take a non-government smartphone to find it and a mob to keep it. – See more at: http://sultanknish.blogspot.co.il/2013/06/savages-of-socialism.html#sthash.dizuF17h.dpuf
About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ These opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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