When you look at the state of affairs in our fair country today, you might often think twice about what seems to be right and what actually is. Perhaps the most misunderstood of all would be the rationale behind how to decide what works best. If you have a problem that needs solving, you would usually think about its causes, and target them to erase the problem. It seems fairly simple. It is also a common enough notion to realize that solutions must adapt to the adapting causes of any problem, and so this would be a most competent way to deal with any challenge.
However, when any problem – be it poverty, hunger, literacy or power shortage crops up in our country, the government does not think twice before turning to its favorite chapter in political science – Socialism. Repeated failures and unending embarrassments do little to dissuade our trusted leaders from shifting gears and actually do something constructive to solve our common problems. The mantra is that if you are successful, or aiming at success, it is your unintended duty to carry five or fifty or five hundred not-so-successful people along with you. So the government will not update its ration system, its horrible public medical care or its rural infrastructure – it will ask you to pitch in and pretend that more taxes means better development. It all begs the question – who actually labeled this Political “Science”?
The best example of how socialism ends up working would be illustrated by this popular anecdote:
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism still 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 Obama’s plan”. 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. 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 and 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.
It couldn’t get simpler than that. It is always a moral, civil and legal obligation on a citizen to pay taxes and aid in the development of the country and all its people. But the key clause here would be ALL people; not manufactured divisions of people or sections of the population. Anyone in need deserves these benefits, and these benefits must be given unconditionally. Only then would there be a merited reason to demand the fulfillment of this duty on the part of the citizen. However, when the government continues to lethargically take the taxpayer for granted behind the veil of socialism, the ultimate benefit is lost in translation. We will continue to only empower the fat-cats on top – who hold up infrastructure development in the false guise of “protecting” farmers, who kill their party workers for not donating to their garland of thousand rupee notes – the leaders proselytized by power and a false sense of entitlement.
So demand from your leaders the right to fair return; demand your due. It is nonsensical to be expected to feed the hippopotamus that is the government, blithering in a mire of medieval and asinine ideals.