by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
“Socialism,” says Oleg Atbashian, “conserves the stage in which the society existed at the time it was overtaken.
“Cubans still drive American cars from the 1950s, North Koreans still dress in the fashions of the same bygone era, and in the USSR I grew up in a government-owned house that was taken from the rich and given to the needy in 1920s and remained without indoor plumbing or running water and with ancient electrical wiring until it was condemned and demolished in 1986.”
Moreover, if too many people are “helped” too soon, a centrally planned economy (i.e. socialism) can have the chilling effect of sending a civilization into complete chaos.