Billionaires are Temporal, Labor is Eternal (3)


(Part of a series: The Problems Associated with a Collectivistic Society)

The third problem associated with a collectivistic society is: it’s not sustainable.

Briefly touched on in the previous problem statement, the way that collectivistic socialists choose to handle financial matters of government is simply not sustainable. This is an extension of Margaret Thatcher’s famous quote “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. No conversation with a socialist would be complete until they brought up the wage gap. Asserting its unjust nature in that some are allowed to become wealthier than others, socialists are appalled by the lack of equality. A worthy argument in terms of social issues, but government-controlled complete income equality is employed in North Korea- a place that doesn’t receive high numbers of tourists or immigrants.

The problem with leavening the wage gap is that in pulling the wealthy down to meet the poor, the poor people’s source of income is coming from something other than labor. Supporting the poor with income from the wealthy sounds empowering, good-Samaritan-like and, just. But a question that socialists have trouble answering is “what do you plan to do after the wealthy are no longer wealthy?” The answer that most come up with is “the money that is redistributed will be used to get the poor back on their feet so they can get labor as their sustainable income”- good in words, but unrealistic in practice. Is that not the exact same concept that welfare was founded on? Now tell me, how does welfare still exist if its recipients are using the money to get off of welfare? Since the class receiving money isn’t draining, the class donating money is being emptied of their wealth and slowly being added to the same pile- a pile of laborless fools. An excellent extrapolation of socialism would be everyone in a specific country being associated with welfare. A line exists, and if the citizens’ income is above said line, they donate to the citizens whose income is below the line. The socialists love the line, because it equalizes all incomes. But because of its unsustainability, the threshold of who pays and who receives would decrease-yes, it would decrease at the same rate, no wage gap- but still it would decrease.

Ponder it scholastically. An equalization of the grade gap would only cause the threshold to decrease. Currently, teachers employ a capitalist grading system that allows for individual students studying to be tied proportionally to the grade they receive on homework or tests. Socialistic classrooms would average the grades, which perhaps would not be terrible grades to begin with. Say the first test average was an 87% B+. Most would be happy with this grade. But those who weren’t happy with the grade could do nothing to raise it because the proportionally tied studying:grade ratio has been tampered with. No amount of endless drilling, flash cards, or all-nighters would make their grade any higher because they would be limited by those who were doing poorly in the class, of their own individual decisions. After the realization that no amount of studying could salvage their grade, the A students would no longer study for A’s , they would study for B’s, because as long as D’s are averaged in, no A’s could be yielded. But, in the previous average, the students who studied for the A held the average as high as it was. When those above the average come down to meet the average, the entire average goes down because we know those below the average won’t put any more effort in because they are having the system worked in their favor. In this particular situation, we could expect the average to go down until the entire class was receiving failing grades, waiting for everyone else to study for an above average grade.

The concept of averaging works excellently at the beginning, but with time, it only hurts everyone involved.

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