As we mentioned in the previous post, socialism’s core principle is that you have two groups of people: The “haves” and the “have-nots”. The “haves” have more than they “deserve” because they’ve only gotten what they have by taking it from the “have-nots”, so it is the socialist state’s duty to reclaim the wealth the “haves” have “stolen” from the “have-nots” and redistribute it “fairly.”
Introducing the bell curve, because everything is distributed that way. It’s also called a Gaussian Distribution, at least where we come from:
It works for everything, literally. If the X-axis is cholesterol level, then the Y-axis is the percentage of people with that particular level of cholesterol in their blood. Same if it’s IQ, shoe size or number of times they’ve cried watching “It’s a Beautiful Life”. You have the tip of the curve in the middle, which is where most individuals find themselves. We’ll leave aside for now that some distributions, a lot of them actually, are not perfectly bell-shaped in that the “slope” on the left and right side aren’t exact mirror images of each other. It’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is that there is a peak and there are left and right slopes.
For this post, we’re going to go with the X-axis representing “wealth.” The tip of the curve is then “average wealth.” The further above or below average wealth that you are, the smaller part of the population you belong to. In a socialist dystopia, the tip of the curve represents where you “should” be. If you’re to the left, you’ve been robbed, and if you’re to the right, you’ve unfairly “exploited” those to the left.
What socialism then claims to do is to take the wealth on the right and distribute it to the left. In the name of “fairness.”
Of course that’s a great deal for those living on the left slope, because they’ll now get for “free” what those living on the right slope enjoy. No effort required, because they’re “entitled”, don’t you know? After all, those on the right slope never truly “earned” it, they just stole it from those on the left. As a result, you won’t see those living on the left slope objecting to higher taxes on those on the right. They’re not paying for it, after all, they’re receiving the free lunches, and who doesn’t like free lunches? But we’re getting ahead of ourself.
So far, so good. Now, it also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that living on the right slope really sucks compared to living on the left slope. Everything you’ve earned above the socialist approved median will be taken away from you and given to those who didn’t earn it.
What’s the logical conclusion to that, if you’re a rational human being? It’s to simply quit living over there on the over-taxed right slope and just move in with the guys on the left slope who don’t have to lift a finger. You can earn $100,000 a year and have the $50,000 that you earn above average taken away from you, or you can work for only three months a year, earning $25,000, and get $25,000 of Other People’s Money to make up for the shortfall, netting you the same $50,000 a year.
Not rocket science.
Unfortunately, and this is where socialism always fails, that $25,000 you get from sitting on your arse 3/4 of the year has to come from somebody stupid enough to still work for 12 months a year, making the $100,000 you used to make. And when you moved in on the left slope, there was at least one less of those. Because government doesn’t create wealth, that’s what you used to do, government only redistributes it.
But, as more and more of people who are smarter than phlegm, and those would be pretty much everybody living on the right slope of the bell curve, change their zip code to the left slope and decide to, literally, spend more time with their families, that source of wealth that the socialist state can rob from diminishes ever more.
And as the amount of produced wealth diminishes, so does the average or “peak” of the bell curve, so where the average when we started might be the $50,000 in our example, it will soon move ever downward as more and more people decide that “the fuck with this noise, I’m not going to work my arse off if I don’t get to keep any of it.” The bell curve doesn’t disappear magically, as socialists always promise in the beginning, it just shifts to the left. Until the average is so low that the whole house of cards tumble because you can’t survive on it.
But that’s after the gulags get built.
Math doesn’t lie, and this is the simplest math there is.
Still, maybe we really ought to make a Power Point demonstration and start touring the country with it, because it seems to be too complicated for this nation as well.