American Thinker: What is it about socialists that enables them to ignore the overwhelming evidence that short-circuiting market forces with government controls produces disaster every time it is seriously tried? Maybe it is confidence in the effectiveness of the brainwashing efforts of the education establishment? Or reliance on the media ignoring the actual causes of the starvation, poverty, and economic failure that followed Venezuela’s adoption of the socialist model?
Or maybe they just know that the lure of free (or artificially cheap) stuff overrides the lessons of experience?
Whatever the reason, New Yorkers with brains should be very afraid of the desires expressed by their mayor, Bill de Blasio, when it comes to housing in their city, in a long interview in New York Magazine, as highlighted by Fox News:
I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs.
The mayor is obviously referencing some of Karl Marx’s most famous words[i]: “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”
Market forces are anathema to his lust for control:
Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed[.] … And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents.