Private property causes violence. That is the ideology propagated by the left and often repeated by people in the name of solidarity. The last version I read came from a known Puerto Rican sports writer, Fufi Santori.

Blogging for El Nuevo Dia Online, a Puerto Rican newspaper, Fufi tells us that violence is a learned behavior. It starts with babies whose needs are not immediately met and violently cries and is solidified by being exposed to the world of competition. Private property promotes egotism and struggle among neighbors and siblings. His solution? “Everything belongs to all and nothing belongs to anyone.” His communist solution (his words, not mine) supposedly brings harmony and peace.

He defines his “Christian” communism as being happy by making others happy. I can just hear the sound of harps and the flapping of heavenly wings.  Where are these angels Fufi describes?  “When we compete, someone always loses but when we share we all win.” It sounds so good.  But, is it true? Is this cosmic brotherhood a reality that can be brought to bear or a dream depriving us of the real possibilities available to real human beings?

Fufi blames the market. “The dictatorship of the market has been cruel to the poor” says Fufi. Really? How are those who live in non-market driven societies live?  Are they better off than those living under Capitalism?  Fufi knows the answer but I bet he has many excuses for the deficiency of evidence his theory suffers.  Let me give you just a glimpse of the problems Fufi has to show us things are that way. According to the Economic Freedom of the World Report 2010 Annual Report from the Fraser Institute, all indicators of well-being are better in countries where Capitalism flourishes.

Nations in the top quartile of economic freedom had an average per-capita GDP of $32,744 in 2007 while nations with the least economic freedom had a per-capita GDP of $910. In fact, the average income of the poor in Capitalist countries was more than double the median income in countries where Capitalism is absent!  Life expectancy is higher under Capitalism than wherever it fails to obtain (79.3 years to 59.9 years) and the reports of life satisfaction are better under Capitalism (7.5 out of 10 vs. 4.7). Corruption is also higher in countries with less Capitalism (7.4 out of 10 versus 2.6).

Where are those angels?  The reality is that Fufi is a utopian; he is talking about a kind of society that does not exist and will never be brought to bear. He can have his dreams but they often end up producing a nightmarish existence for the very people he hopes to help.  Utopians like Fufi attack Capitalism  and call it “savage” only to offer a collectivist alternative where government is supposed to embody their lofty ideals but ends up in despotism.

The societies these utopians form are desolated prisons where individuals become disposable tokens used at will in a futile effort to create their idyllic nonsense. Ironically, they end up creating the very condition they despise: rabid individualism. When the dream of collaboration and harmony fades and the reality of a wasted existence dawns on people, they becomes hoarders, scraping whatever they can at the expense of whomever gets in the way. They realize that there is no beloved community being formed but instead a new tyranny. So, they pretend to be align with the dream but  spend their lives coping with everyday life by any means necessary.

These dreamers are dangerous not because they are bad people but because they sacrifice the good that can be done even amidst evil for a perfect that is simply nowhere.

 

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