The French Have Been Destroyed By Socialism
Dennis Prager's "Socialism Makes People Worse" assesses the characterless French protesters. Among the many interesting points in the article, Prager discusses how socialist societies generally give less to charity than Americans do. He writes:
The more Left one identifies oneself on the political spectrum, the more that person is likely to believe that the state, not fellow citizens, should take care of the poor and the needy.
Under socialism, one is not only liberated from having to take care of oneself; one is also liberated from having to take care of others. The state will take care of me and of everybody else.
The problem is worse when government handles those needs that charities would assume in government's absence. Government needs more money for administrators and employees than do charities to accomplish the same ends. But even there, we see that charities will exceed government in actually accomplishing those ends. And if those ends are to improve people, there is a much higher likelihood of positive change with charities that are willing to impart traditional values, if not religious values, that the recipients can infuse into their lives.
Reliance on government is misplaced. Prager sees the overall framework of a socialist society results in the loss of responsibility from an individual's character. But then, is that not the intent of the theory?