The children’s definition of Socialism according to Merriam-Webster is: a social system or theory in which the government owns and controls the means of production (as factories) and distribution of goods. Unfortunately, many socialists on campus, and in America, do not truly grasp the ramifications of socialism in action. Don’t forget, whoever controls the means of life also controls the ends of life.
Currently, the perfect example of socialism at work is in Venezuela. Here are the facts. The Venezuelan government owns and controls almost all business sectors. Over 70% of these businesses are failing with a total loss of 129 billion dollars from the economy in 2016 alone. They have an inflation rate of 700%. Seventy-five percent of Venezuelans are losing dangerous amounts of weight due to starvation. 30% of children are malnourished. Over 90% do not have an income that supports the cost of food and ten percent of children have dropped out of school in order to stand in food lines. People have resorted to eating dogs, cats, donkeys, flamingos, and garbage.
Basic products such as toilet paper are in short supply and any charity sent from other countries has been seized by the government. They have one of the highest murder rates in the world due to a lack of resources. Water, electricity, and gasoline are rationed. Venezuela has petitioned the United Nations for medicine as their hospitals have less than 5% of the medicine that they need. Most doctors and nurses are Cubans, who, after fleeing Cuba, are now fleeing Venezuela. There is a waiting list of five hundred women to be sterilized because they are so afraid of bringing a child into a world without food and medicine, and all forms of birth control are scarce. This is Socialism. Now let us examine the actions of the Socialist Students at UCLA.
The Socialist Students at UCLA are extremely passionate about their beliefs and political viewpoints. In fact, they stage multiple protests and disruptions throughout the year. On May 2nd, the Socialist Students staged a self-proclaimed “emergency disruption” at a USAC meeting. In the live video, Facebook viewers are greeted with a young man discussing Black Lives Matter and his viewpoints on a picture of the current USAC President holding up a gang sign.
The young man was articulate, his points were valid, and his audience was respectful. Unfortunately, when he was politely and firmly told multiple times that his time to speak was over and the meeting had to move on due to time restraints, the young man and the rest of the Socialist Students became quite angry. They did not listen, they did not respect the rules, and they certainly did not respect the USAC board. Instead, the young man banged his hands on the table and screamed that he was “tired of this m*therf***ing sh*t.” His comrades soon added to the cacophony and yelled that the USAC board did not respect the young man because he was black.
On April 6th, the Socialist Students also interrupted a meeting called “Cops: The Real Victims.” They have every right to disagree with the guest lecturer and debate her viewpoints civilly. Instead, they held hands and chanted “Black Lives Matter” so loudly that no one could respond. Eventually, campus security had to be called to safely remove the guest lecturer. As Desmond Tutu, a highly regarded black social rights activist once said in his address at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”
As long as the Socialist Students at UCLA continue their endless tirade to be heard but not to listen, they will not be taken seriously. Their continuous walkouts and protests are seen as a nuisance by many of their peers. Their immaturity is detrimental to whatever cause they are fighting for at the moment. Supporting sanctuary cities, Black Lives Matter, and resisting President Donald Trump in all of his endeavors does not a Socialist make.
If anyone would like to read further about the horrors of Socialism, I highly recommend the novels 1984 by George Orwell and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. And no, Trump is not Big Brother; but Oceania is run by the English Socialist Party.
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About the author:
Victoria Miller is a second year student at UCLA majoring in Political Science. She is currently the Administrative Director of the Bruin Republicans and Co-Editor of The Bruin Standard. She is originally from Palm Desert, California.