When you look at the history of socialism, it’s easy to see that not only does socialism fail every time that it’s tried but also that socialism leads to gulags every time that it’s tried. The millions murdered by Mao, the millions murdered by Stalin, and the millions murdered by Pol Pot are a testament to that salient fact. Socialism has never been peaceful. It leads not to the equal sharing of blessings but instead the equal sharing of misery. The work camps and death camps of socialist regimes stand as a testament to that fact.
Unfortunately for America, Bernie Sanders the dangerous communist doesn’t understand that socialism leads to gulags (however, his surrogate, AOC, certainly does. That’s why she wants a list of Trump supporters). He seems to think that “democratic socialism” will miraculously turn out better than every other attempt at socialism in history. They think that because they put an extra word in front of “socialism,” it will now be far different than the system we conservatives know and abhor.
To me, that’s patently absurd. Socialism is a miserable failure that leads to gulags, suffering, and various other forms of misery. It’s just what happens. That’s because of the very nature of socialism; it’s an ideology premised on envy and forced redistribution of wealth. As a result, its leaders frequently have to resort to brutal tactics to put their plans into place. Because their goals go against the grain of human behavior, which is to accumulate and build, socialists cannot rely on human behavior. Instead, they have to resort to brute force. Hence why socialism leads to gulags and has, historically, always led to gulags or other, similar death camps.
Capitalism can’t lead to gulags. Even the corrupt railroad barons that built the transcontinental never resorted to brute force to put their ideas into practice. Instead, they relied on financial incentives, lobbying and human nature. That’s because it is premised on consent and the free exchange of goods and ideas. As both Ben Shapiro and Ayn Rand (through the character John Galt in Atlas Shrugged) said, capitalism is only possible if people deal with each other consensually and honestly, unlike with socialism.