Rand Paul has challenged Bernie Sanders to a debate on socialism vs. capitalism.
Can you imagine? Debating over what rights are versus what obligations are and debating socialism versus capitalism.
Oh hell yes. PLEASE GOD, MAKE THIS HAPPEN.
It won’t change anyone’s mind of course. If you love socialism, facts aren’t going to convince you that we should embrace capitalism instead. Either you’ll think the facts aren’t true, or you’ll confuse capitalism with corporatism, or you’ll think improved economic conditions for all (not just the poor, but for all) “aren’t worth it.”
See Bernie… he says, ‘Oh, I believe in a benign form of socialism, democratic socialism.’ But here’s the problem—if a majoritarian takes away your rights, it’s not any different or less bad than an authoritarian taking away your rights… We had this debate over whether majorities were correct a long time ago when we had Jim Crow laws. In the south, legislatures, majorities passed laws saying segregation, separate-but-equal was O.K. So they discriminated against a whole group of people in America. But that was a majority. A majority is not always right…
Yep. Socialism follows the “government is always benevolent” fallacy. That is, if government was in control, everything would be great since government is always correct and nice. Actually, government is A) usually wrong and B) when it gets big enough, is always oppressive.
Such a debate would be very fun to watch. In the meantime, I’ll have to be satisfied with the best socalism vs. capitalism debate I’ve seen so far, which is Thom Hartmann vs Michael Medved.