The sad story of America’s last attempt at socialism (Opinion)
Jim Gearhart says progressives in the United States are trying to push it to socialism — but last time, he says, that ended badly.
“We have the progressive left in this country moving towards socialism. That’s no secret and that’s no accusation. This is what they say they’re doing and they want to ‘dismantle the system,’ which means dismantling the Constitution, which is the owner’s manual for the system,” he says in the latest Jim Gearhart podcast and Facebook Live show, presented every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Facebook.com/NJ1015.
A group got together in New Harmony, Indiana in the 1800s and set up a socialist community.
“Everybody was equal. That’s one of the basic things. Right off the bat the redistribution of wealth. Everybody got the same thing from the pot,” Gearhart said. There was also no property ownership.
“It existed for a very short period of time and then it just fell apart,” Jim said.
Why? “The lack of doers,” Jim said.
“With the equal distribution of wealth you got paid the same and you got fed the same and housed the same and it didn’t matter if you worked or didn’t work. Everybody got the same thing” Jim said.
Jim said it is “rather sad” that this could happen on a national scale.
“You can make more sitting and waiting for the government check than the old job that you had. Human nature is going to jump at that every time,” Jim said.
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