From my brother on today's young "socialists":


Our young gaggle of Socialists seem to have a few things wrong with their philosophy. Most of our new Socialists seem to think that everything should be free to the so-called poor/needy and taken from the rich via higher taxes, and downright theft. Is this a hybrid Socialism?


The original fathers of Socialism had a similar concept, but reading through their literature, one finds, "The principle applied in the U.S.S.R. is that of socialism: From each according to his ability, to each according to his work." would mean that if you are not in some way productive, you will starve! So how do our new socialists explain away the fact they want free everything along with a living wage with no requirement to work for it?

Lenin states that such a society is indeed socialism as it realizes the two principles of socialism: "he who does not work, neither shall he eat" and "an equal amount of products for an equal amount of labor".


Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky both mentioned the term in their works. 


Stalin's most famous use of the concept is in his 1936 Soviet Constitution. He writes that "The principle applied in the U.S.S.R. is that of socialism: From each according to his ability, to each according to his work." It is especially noteworthy that he says the principle of socialism and not full communism.


Trotsky's mention is in his famous The Revolution Betrayed. He says that "Capitalism prepared the conditions and forces for a social revolution: technique, science and the proletariat. The communist structure cannot, however, immediately replace the bourgeois society. The material and cultural inheritance from the past is wholly inadequate for that." He goes on to defend his position by saying that "in its first steps the workers’ state cannot yet permit everyone to work 'according to his abilities' – that is, as much as he can and wishes to – nor can it reward everyone 'according to his needs', regardless of the work he does." And he presents the principle as the method that socialism will use by saying: "In order to increase the productive forces, it is necessary to resort to the customary norms of wage payment – that is, to the distribution of life's goods in proportion to the quantity and quality of individual labor."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_each_according_to...

beachbum
What? Work? Not with their entitlement mentality.
  • March 20, 2019
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