Bolivia And Socialism: My Experiences

From Being Libertarian:

I’ve lived in third world socialist Bolivia before. In short, it was unpleasant. I saw thousands begging and going hungry. People would just pull their pants down and defecate right in the streets. And no one paid them any mind because they didn’t have toilets either. I saw people every day that lived in mud shacks half the size of my living room (and my living room is not big) with their entire family. Shacks with no electricity or clean running water.

Every argument I’ve ever heard for socialism has begun with how someone thinks that they have a right to something. Here are things Americans don’t have a right to. Being an American doesn’t give someone the right to think that their life is more important than anyone else’s. It doesn’t give them the right to feel like the world owes them anything either. Americans are not entitled to having air conditioning, or their own bedroom, or cable, or internet, or computers, or TVs. Perhaps most important, being an American does not entitle someone to spend their income on privileges, and enjoy a standard of living greater than most of their fellow human beings, and then turn their pockets inside out and pretend that they simply couldn’t afford insurance or other things they claim they have a right to.

If your average American lived the way many in Bolivia live, if they shared a one-room apartment with four roommates, if they had no water bill, no power bill, no cable bill, no phone bill or internet bills, I think you would find almost everyone would be able to afford their ‘rights’.

So, the problem that I have when a socialist pulls me aside and points to some metaphorical random ‘poor’ American, (someone who is statistically likely to be overweight as opposed to the starving people I saw in Bolivia) and asks, “Why don’t you feel obligated to pay this person’s bills for them?” To put it bluntly, its because that person is not special to me. The fact that that person is American like me does not cause me to believe that their life is more important than a random Bolivian. The fact that that person is more likely to be white like me, relative to a random Bolivian, does not lead me to grant them more importance.

What people need to understand is that socialism has nothing to do with helping the poor. If American socialists cared at all about poor people in general, they would not suggest that we redistribute wealth to first-world American poor, of which most of them so conveniently happen to be. They would advocate taking wealth from the top 1% and giving it to the bottom 1% regardless of race or nationality. But they never do. They realize that if such a thing were proposed almost every dime would go third world countries and not themselves. If you ever meet someone that claims they desperately want to help the poor…but only if said poor shares in their own nationality or race, then you should find it evident that it isn’t charity motivating this person. Its bigotry.

Socialism is never proposed without the elements of nationalism. It is always national socialism. And it shouldn’t surprise any student of history when they discover that the word Nazi is short for National Socialism. Because Nazis are the type of people that socialism attracts. Socialism attracts people that say, “My problems are more important than yours…because I’m a (blank) and you aren’t.” And it always makes the political leap by saying, “My rights are more important than yours…because I’m a (blank) and you aren’t.” All I have to say to American socialists is that being an American does not entitle them to my stuff. And if being poor entitles someone to my stuff, I can think of literally billions of people who would be more entitled to it than even the poorest person in this country.

To the socialists. Please do not tell me you intend to fix poverty by redistributing wealth from the top 1% of human beings to the top 20% of human beings while conveniently choosing to ignore the bottom 80% of human beings simply because they are not of your race or nationality. Please do not tell me that you intend to create a utopia by advocating that my own government threatens me with imprisonment for not wanting to pay taxes to help the poor…while conveniently narrowing the specific poor to your own in-group. Too often people apologize for socialists.

They say things like “Oh the socialists are good people. They have the best of intentions. They just don’t know how economics work.” They aren’t good people. They are nationalists at best, racists at worst, who also don’t know how basic economics work, because frankly, ignorance is the common denominator for many of humanity’s failures. Its time that Americans understand that socialism is more than an intellectual failure. It’s a moral failure.

Author has requested to remain anonymous.

Bolivian Thoughts opinion: It is extremely easy to blame on somebody else for any of your setbacks. Socialists around the world are trained and most of the times charismatic liars. And Bolivia was filled with this type of crooks. The latest one had absolute control of ALL State powers, for almost 14 years. We managed, peacefully to kick him out of office after burning over five million hectares of the last dry-forest in the world and committing the worst electoral fraud in our history. Now, we continue to fight with the propaganda of the coca grower caudillo who has help from other socialists like the Cuban, Mexican, Venezuelan and Argentinian governments. On top of that, we have to fight the cocaine narcotrafficking who has set hold onto the Chapare, a region that is clearly in the hands of the narcos. Hard times come to us, although I have witnessed that our millennials, who took the lead in the peaceful blockades that brought the autocrat out of power. Our people are realizing that it is in oneself’s drive to prosper, without relying on the government or engaging in lucrative but illegal activities. Our young adults have that clear, and they have more self-pride that their older nationals. There is hope, it won’t be easy but we can rebuild our Nation!

Opinión de Bolivian Thoughts: Es extremadamente fácil culpar a alguien más por cualquiera de nuestros contratiempos. Los socialistas de todo el mundo están entrenados para eso y la mayoría de las veces son mentirosos carismáticos. Y Bolivia estaba llena de este tipo de delincuentes. El último tenía control absoluto de TODOS los poderes del Estado, durante casi 14 años. Logramos, pacíficamente, echarlo de su cargo después de quemar más de cinco millones de hectáreas del último bosque seco del mundo y cometer el peor fraude electoral de nuestra historia. Ahora, seguimos luchando con la propaganda del caudillo cocalero que cuenta con la ayuda de otros socialistas como los gobiernos cubano, mexicano, venezolano y argentino. Además de eso, tenemos que luchar contra el narcotráfico de cocaína que se ha aferrado al Chapare, una región que está claramente en manos de los narcos. Nos llegan tiempos difíciles, aunque he sido testigo de que nuestros millennials, que tomaron la delantera en los bloqueos pacíficos que sacaron al autócrata del poder. Nuestra gente se está dando cuenta de que está en uno mismo, el impulso de prosperar, sin depender del gobierno ni participar en actividades lucrativas pero ilegales. Nuestros jóvenes adultos la tienen clara, y tienen más orgullo de sí mismos que sus ciudadanos mayores. ¡Hay esperanza, no será fácil, pero podemos reconstruir nuestra nación!

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Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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