Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-08-25 18:01:56 UTC
With the hot-button word socialism sparking intense political debate as
Americans brace for the 2020 presidential election, two U.S. economists
have completed a global drinking tour and a book already at the top of
Amazon's "beer" category warning that the socialist lure could lead to a
drastic dry-up of the countrys adult beverages.
Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree
World, by Robert Lawson and Benjamin Powell, is billed as a worldwide
tour guide written in plain English which takes readers on a not-so-
luxurious expedition into three countries that have embraced socialism
North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba using beer as an indicator of economic
In Cuba, there were only two types of beer, almost the same in alcohol
content and both tasted like skunky Budweiser. In North Korea, it was just
god awful, Lawson, who is also the director of the William J. ONeil
Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University,
told Fox News. And, in Venezuela, the country has basically run out of
beer because the government planners couldnt import enough barley.
In Lawsons summation, why would employees of a government-controlled
plant bother to go out of their way to seek out the resources, extra cost
and energy to produce 30 different types of beer or wine when it is easy
to make two, and there is no incentive otherwise to excel?
We were on the border of Colombia and Venezuela, and the Colombian side
was awash with all kinds of beer. On the other side, Venezuela had nothing
for sale and people had to cross into Colombia just to get the basic
necessities, said Powell, who is also the director of the Free Market
Institute and a professor of economics at Texas Tech University. Its an
important lesson for Democratic Socialists in the U.S. to remember that
(Hugo) Chavez came to power in free and fair elections, but socialism
centralizes economic power and the system starts nationalizing farms,
factories, even hotels. When oil prices were $100 a barrel, Venezuela
could mask the dysfunction, but as oil prices went down over the last five
years, they couldnt hide the reality.
Subsequently, the authors contended, socialism often has opened the
floodgates to totalitarianism as was the case this year in Caracas when
Nicolás Maduro was re-elected via a sham contest of political oppression
and refused to concede to the U.S-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
The book, which is slated to hit shelves Tuesday in the hours before the
second round of debates among the 2020 Democrats, was born out of the 2016
presidential campaign after the authors took issue with candidate Bernie
Sanders using the label to attract people to the cause. In their view,
he and other pro-socialist leaders have been spreading misinformation.
We wanted to clear up what the definition of socialism really is;
(Sanders) points to Denmark, Sweden, Norway. While they arent free market
and have high taxes, they are market-orientated and arent real socialist
countries, Lawson conjectured. And, China is fake socialism, it has made
a lot of reform when it comes to personal property rights. Its crony
capitalism, but that is a hell of a lot better than socialism.
Nonetheless, Lawson also observed that even in a country like Sweden
often cited as a shining example of socialism beer is widely available,
but the cost is typically very high.
However, it is not all doom and gloom.
The authors also took their boozing into former Soviet Union countries to
document their progress since they parted ways with such an economic
model in recent decades.
Our last trip was to the country of Georgia, and basically that was a
socialist as it gets. But, it is now one of the highest countries in
economic freedom, quipped Powell. And, using alcohol as our economic
measure when Georgia was under the USSR and their wine industry was
under Soviet control, it was a disaster. Now, its a wine mecca, produces
really unique wines that dont exist anywhere else in the world, and it's
where wine snobs from across the globe now go to taste.
Thus, their fundamental message is strikingly unimpaired.
Socialism is a disaster everywhere it has been tried, historical evidence
illustrates this, added Lawson. The freer the country is, the more it
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