- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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I don't agree with the concept that merely having the government own resources, and having any regulation at all, indicates a planned economy.
I would not look at a completely free-market system, and claim "THIS IS A PLANNED ECONOMY!" because the government owns the Federal building.
Really? Owning the White House, is government owning a resource. Does that mean it's a planned economy? I don't think you can rationally make that case.
Nor does regulation inherently mean a planned economy. There are two very different types of regulations. Establishing ownership of a car through regulation of registration, is not a planned economy. Those regulations don't not hinder, direct, control, or change the direction of the free-market system. They merely establish a system of ownership.
This is good. It's part of the Capitalist system, of protecting peoples rights of property.
Point being, it's still not an example of a "planned economy" which makes it a mixed economy.
That said, I do believe that there were some aspects of a planned economy early.... not at the start, but early in our nations history. And I would argue that the evidence shows the planned aspects didn't work then, as they still don't today.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.
The Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
Now you can deny all you want, but it is right there for you to read.
doesn't mean that progressive taxation is inherently or uniquely socialist. I think that was the takeaway.
Then the "takeaway" is dead wrong.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville