Why is Socialism and Communism So Appealing?

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Written by: Gary Wonning

For years, I have wondered what the appeal of communism  was. In every communistic country in the world, people are subjugated to torture, substandard living conditions, and lack of personal freedom. I never could figure it out.

Living in a country where we are virtually free to choose our own destiny, why would people want to give up that freedom for a society in which their whole life is plotted out for them and often not allowed to chart their own future?

It always puzzled me.


Finally, I happened to come across this quote from the Rush Limbaugh show that perfectly explains it.

Rush:I don’t mean to beat a dead horse with it, but I think it’s so instructive in informing us what these people think about other domestic political issues in this country, why they so hate capitalism, why they so love big government, why they so love command-and-control economies.  It’s all there.  Communism is utopia.    And they’re just waiting for the right people.  What is Obama’s slogan?  “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” What does it mean?  “We’re the guys who are finally going to make it happen,” and of course, it can’t work.  Intellectually, economically, it’s impossible.  The evidence is all over the world, and yet that’s denied because the hope and the desire overwhelms the real.

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The believers in socialism and communism  are looking for a utopia in which all decisions are made by someone else, they are looking for a savior, someone to save them from themselves. They honestly believe someone else would be better at running their lives than they would be themselves. They don’t see all the drawbacks, poverty, degradation, or the lack of motivation to succeed. The only thing they see is a utopia where everyone is equal. It makes no difference to them that everyone is living at the poverty level with little choices in life concerning employment, modern conveniences or even basic necessities.

In most cases, the shelves in grocery stores are bare, gas is rationed and they are living under a dictator who has little regard for anyone but himself, but they don’t see or comprehend that.

To me, that belief is the definition of low self-esteem.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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