Work on the premise that Venezuela was just a mistake, that most socialist leaders are merely trying to milk the economic system for whatever they can extract based on some kind of moral blackmail, but don’t actually want to get rid of the capitalist system which they perfectly well understand is the basis for all of their ill-gotten gains. Just work on that as the premise. The argument then becomes, we the people are oppressed and therefore whoever has more than we do owe us. The entire fault in the economic system reduces to, we want more goods and services than we already have. That is as far as any notion of justice is concerned.
Socialism amounts to precisely this: what we cannot get through our own contribution to the economy we should get through the political process. Everyone then makes up some reason why the economic system has short-changed them and why they ought to receive more in income than they have contributed to output.
Here you can see the scam in action in all its absurdity: College Students Demand Free Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener Because… Racism.
A group of students at Sarah Lawrence College released a set of demands Monday, including free housing and food for students, to amend for alleged “injustices imposed on people of color.”
Members of the “Diaspora Coalition” presented the list of demands to President Cristle Collins Judd during a two-day sit-in at her office and accused the college of being an unsafe place for minority students and failing to properly commit to social justice….
The 9-page list of demands includes the following:
- Free winter housing with a “communal kitchen” containing
“dry goods from the food pantry”
- Free laundry detergent and fabric softener for all students
Special housing for students of color
- Allow students to share meal swipes because “It is
unacceptable that there are students with leftover swipes at
the end of the semester when other students are going hungry
because they run out of meal options.”
- A mandatory first-year orientation session about
- On-campus jobs prioritize the hiring of international
- Prevent students of color from being educated about history
by “racist white professors”
- Reject funding from the Charles Koch Foundation and review
the tenure of “racist” professor Sam Abrams
- All students have unlimited access to therapy sessions
- Permanent funding for minority student unions that is not
paid for by the student body….
It’s a scam. There is not an ounce of economic or moral justification in any of it. But they pretend there is, and others, specially others who do not pay any of this out of their own pockets, play along by agreeing to pay out at least some of what is sought.