Socialism 101 – Why Welfare is Only Temporary


An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. What a profound short little paragraph that says it all:

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

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4 Responses to Socialism 101 – Why Welfare is Only Temporary

  1. Devote says:

    Generally, if a student fails it is due to poor teaching. If the professor were really doing an experiment on Socialism then he should have been actively involved. Had he initiated study groups, and encouraged everyone to succeed, everyone would have contributed. All he did was take away their benefits. You can’t do that without providing education. That is after-all, his job as an instructor. It was a good, little paragraph, however, your logic is flawed, and your reasoning is not sound.

  2. thought says:

    Whats the use of freedom if you cannot afford it? If you were born in crackhouse what chance you have to enjoy freedom compare with someone who is child of George Bush? Socialism gives equal chance to succeed, for example Norway has socialism and their GDP per capita is double to USA’s. Human being is a social creature without social connections and friendship human being gets sick and you can see evidence of that as there are huge numbers of mental ilness in USA. Socialism is not about someone taking care of someone it is about working together to meet the goals and providing equal chance to everyone.

  3. Wiliam says:

    You and your professor friend obviously do not really understand even the basics of socialism.
    Furthermore, your professor friend is guilty of gross misconduct if he failed a whole class because he disagreed with their support of a widely held and,in my opinion as well as the opinion of millions of others, a correct one.

  4. Toooo says:

    This professor was obviously against socialism and probably desided to do the experiment in order to prove that socialism does not work. So I’m not sure if he made any effort to make the experiment work. If the teacher, who in a way is the leader of the class, is negative and uninterested in making it work, then of course the students will not feel encouraged to work and achieve things together.

    If I was leading such an experiment, I would always encourage the students. I would make projects and study groups to make the subject more interesting, and would ask the students how they feel they should work to learn more. It would also be essential to encourage the students to study and learn together. That way stronger students get a chance to help teach the weaker ones, that way they would also learn themselves learning methods and would have repetition of the study material for themselves as well. I would also say encouraging things at the beginning of a class, to make them pay attention, and at the end, so they would study hard at home. I would also remind them that the responsibility for the entire class’ achievement lies equally on all of them so it is important that everyone makes an effort. And I’d tell them that if they make an effort and work harder they could prove that they were right.

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