Having the entire country ruled by the whims of an elected political elite is always a bad idea.

Socialism’s dirty secret: It’s not a share-the-wealth scheme, and it’s not enacted for your benefit. It’s a control-your-wealth and control-you scam.

The Scandinavian countries are held out as the models of socialist success, but as the old saying goes, “Be careful about what you wish for. You just might get it.”

Many Americans, especially young people, want to get rid of capitalism — because of its inequality — and install socialism as a replacement. But such a plan has been tried all over the world, with disastrous results.

The flaws of socialism are somewhat hidden in countries that enacted socialism after they were wealthy, but in countries that instituted it when they were poor, the trends are clear.

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