By Andrew Friedrick
A frightening amount of Americans are completely blind to the realities of socialism. Millennials in particular show great interest in the prospect of socialism and the apparent “benefits” it provides as it advocates for economic equality. “Economic equality” is of course appealing to many millennials as it provides an excuse for them to not work nearly as hard as they would have to in our American capitalistic society. Raising the minimum wage and providing free social services might seem fantastic on the surface, but always results in economic destruction.
In a 2017 video testimonial posted on PragerU, Brazilian journalist, Felipe Moura Brasil, details how socialist policies destroyed his country’s prosperous economy. 1 Felipe explains how the introduction of socialism in government led to Brazil’s failing economy, high level of unemployment, high crime rate, poor healthcare, and political corruption. Brazil’s decline started in 2002 when Lula de Silva won the presidency. To use Felipe’s words, “He [Silva] was a socialist, but painted himself as a modern, cool kind of socialist.”
As Lula de Silva implemented his socialist agenda, things gradually turned to the worst for Brazil. Felipe describes the effects of Silva’s policies, “[They] worked for a while. Socialism always works at the beginning. But government spending just kept going up, and then Lula’s socialist paradise fell apart and the economy fell with it. The outcome: from 2008 to 2015, government spending grew nearly four times as fast as tax revenue.”
He goes on to describe the failed economy, “The economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015, the worst result in 25 years. That same year, a World Bank survey found Brazil’s economy to be one of the world’s worst. 2 Out of 189 countries, we were the 16th hardest place to open a business, the 60th most difficult nation in which to register property, and the 12th most complex place to pay taxes.”
The destruction of Brazil’s economy all started with the introduction of socialistic ideology and could have been avoided if the people didn’t buy into the lies put forth by Silva. Felipe eventually explains how Brazilians finally woke up to the realities of socialism, but only after years of suffering. “Today, more and more Brazilians see that capitalism and limited government are the only way forward,” Felipe says.
Socialists like Bernie Sanders who propose higher minimum wage, free social services, and wealth distribution will only destroy the economy America has built. Communism has no place in our beautiful country and millennials must wake up to the realities of implementing anti-capitalist ideology in government.
Andrew Friedrick was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of North Florida in the fall. He loves all things related to sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is passionate about politics.