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Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, talks with Hugh Hewitt about his book Capitalism in America.
“If they would rather die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
With that quote, Ebenezer Scrooge makes perfectly clear the true political message of “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens was writing amidst a wave of hysteria about population growth, triggered shortly before by Thomas Malthus, who argued that reproduction would exceed growth in food.
Scrooge was both anti-procreation and anti-marriage. He fell out with his nephew Fred simply because the latter decided to marry. When the ghost of Christmas present said that he had more than 1,800 brothers, Scrooge lamented that this would be a large family to provide for.
Of course Scrooge and Malthus turned out to be wrong and nephew Fred and Christmas Present turned out to be right. In 1800 there were roughly 1 billion people on planet earth, now there are almost 7 billion.
So, this Christmas season when your friends try to use a Christmas Carol as a club against capitalism, tell them the true meaning of a Christmas Carol, that there is no such thing as surplus people.
Recent articles have marveled at the fascination of today’s “millennials” with socialism, but a new survey shows even more alarming disregard for the capitalist system behind America’s prosperity and power.
Polling data from YouGov showed 51% of Americans in their twenties would prefer to live in a country that was “Socialist” or “Communist”; only 42% chose to live under “Capitalism.” In other words, a majority of young people reject the land of liberty that produced them. An amazing 23% even classified the genocidal dictator Stalin as a “hero.” This reflects the fact that Millennials have scant memory of the bad old days of Marxist tyranny: after all, they were 3 or younger when the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Empire collapsed.
That’s why high school and college history teachers must take time from their relentless attacks on America and its values and give appropriate attention to educating a new generation about the tens of millions of dead or suffering victims of Marxist/Socialist “experiments.”
Townhall Review — November 11, 2017
Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Walker to discuss the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Mike Gallagher speaks with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who believes that “thoughts and prayers” actually do matter. Suzanna Hupp, author of “From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control”, speaks with Mike Gallagher on the gun control debate surrounding this latest crisis. Michael Medved interviews his brother, Jonathan Medved, a prominent business leader in Israel on what terrorist prevention tactics the U.S can employ that have been working in Israel. Dennis Prager looks at why the most common issue among American born and bred mass killers is mental illness, and if it should matter. Michael Medved interviews Erica Komisar, a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and parent guidance expert on why the first three years of a child’s development are so crucial. Wrapping up the show, Medved looks at a new study that finds many Millennials, if given the choice, would choose socialism or even communism over capitalism and why they find Joseph Stalin a hero.Read More »