How can anyone not know that free stuff isn’t really free? The question is do you have control over how much you pay and what you get or does some bureaucrat determine those factors? Central planning doesn’t work. Who is trying to move into North Korea? Government dictating prices, payments and services offered by doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes is not good. It wouldn’t be any better at the college level. Why would we want to turn our collegiate system into the wonderfully ineffective and inferior system of a public high school? The first semester and often the first term at most public colleges for a large percentage of students is bridging them from high school. Most people no longer graduate in 4 years partially due to this fact. Free is expensive in that either the quality will go down as it becomes almost universal or the cost will go up to accommodate those who are not serious students who want a chance to party and maybe learn something. We lose site of the fact that something has value if it is perceived to have value.
Socialism is immoral because it is based upon envy and legalized theft. As long as someone gets wealthy by providing a legitimate (legal) product or service without force, theft, or fraud, it is none of my business how much they make or have. People who provide extraordinary innovations should receive extraordinary rewards. Free enterprise has changed the world. It has provided more wealth, a better standard of living, unleashed more human innovations than most people could have imagined, and has enabled humanity to live more meaningful lives. Would one rather live Greece or Singapore?
Free Enterprise is the difference being controlling one’s life and slavery. In slavery, everything is said to be free. You have free food, free health care, free job training, free housing, and guaranteed work. One example is prison. One gets three hots and a cot. Of course with prison, you tend to miss things like vacation, family time, choice of amenities, and even choice of roommates so the analogy is obviously not identical. I believe one of the biggest losses in prison or slavery is the loss of a sense of purpose. I contend that socialism also produces a decline in one’s individual sense of purpose and control over his or her destiny. It violates human nature and tries to redesign the laws of economics. Society after society has found that if you box with the invisible hand, you will be knocked out. In the long run, market forces are like the power of the ocean. You can try to restrain or redirect it, but it will eventually overcome any obstacles. The free enterprise system is empowered by market forces and harnesses them. The invisible hand is a far more effective distributor of wealth the iron fist of the bureaucrat.
I reject socialism because it rejects the some of the most important things in life. It rejects the right of people to run their lives. It rejects the right of people to make choices for themselves. It rejects reality and embraces fantasy. It rejects mathematics in favor of crushing debt, taxation, and economic and innovative stagnation. Sanders thinks it is immoral for a small number of people to own a significant portion of the wealth. I think it is immoral to cut off the engine of innovation that have made us all wealthier, more connected, and empowered than any other generation of humanity. I hope my fellow Americans let that old man’s ideas stagnate in the swamp of failed experiments.