The Pugnacious Irishman has a good piece on the problems of socialism and the free-loader effect. Here’s an excerpt from a piece he analyzes:
. . . people are flawed and, outside of a family, a religious order, or a small group of friends, they will not continually work hard for the ‘greater good’ if they do not receive the fruits of that work themselves. As an economics major in college, I learned that this theory had a name: ‘the free-loader effect’. It is the natural tendency of people to do less and less work when they realize that they won’t see a proportionate increase in what they can get for it.
That concept is foundational to human nature but Liberals deny it again and again. Unfortunately, it is a spectacularly expensive lesson that they keep re-learning.
Once when teaching a Junior Achievement class where the exercise was to create a society on a fictional deserted island, a 7th grade girl was adamant that people who did extra work should not get extra food or supplies. I gave her several attempts to reconsider her position but she held fast.
At the end of the class I was passing out candy to everyone. I gave the same amount to everyone since the class as a whole was well behaved enough that day (I’m such a Liberal!). But guess who insisted — with all sincerity — that she should get extra candy because she participated more than others? Yep, our resident Communist. I kindly pointed out the inconsistency to her. Hopefully the lesson sunk in.
Socialism and Communism just don’t work, people. You can prove it in a Junior Achievement class or you can study history, but you don’t have to look far for the evidence.