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The perfect short story to illustrate the pitfall of socialism – learn it, love it and spread it!

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 7, 2009

Got this from my friends at offmyfrontporch.  Steve said I could borrow it.  Click the link for the whole story, but here’s what caught my eye.  Socialism made simple.


An economics professor at Texas Tech said 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. But, 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, 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 all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed.
Could not be any simpler than that….

2 Responses to “The perfect short story to illustrate the pitfall of socialism – learn it, love it and spread it!”

  1. Sanele Lennix Nkompela said

    This is irrelevant, socialism has nothing to do with less dedicated and more dedicated people. This is irrelevant because no student exploited another to get better grades. Socialism is against one class getting wealthy through exploiting another class

  2. I’ll disagree. Socialism is about making those in charge wealthy at the expense of making everyone else equally poor. Have you not read ANY history of socialism/communism? Socialism, like the Road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Travel to Venezuela and see what it looks like in its full, glorious splendor. One of the most resource rich countries in the hemisphere, and the masses have no toilet paper and eat their pets.

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