The Sons of Adam


Responding to Socialist Nonsense

Ok, someone is wrong on the internet, and I can’t let it go. This time it’s author Cory Doctorow. He’s supporting Bernie Sanders for president, and he apparently loves him some socialism. I recently came across a pro-socialism rant he spewed onto twitter. Doctorow’s words are in the quoted sections below. Rants like this are sometimes called a “Gish Gallup,” where a list of arguments is presented one right after another, without opportunity for rebuttal, in such a way as to make one’s side look like the clear and undeniable winner. It’s just a rhetorical technique, and it doesn’t actually make anyone right. Anybody of any belief can make a list that only cites their ideology’s supposed benefits.

Man, you guys are gonna HATE socialism. We’re going to make companies stop spying on you, ensure that the sick and hurt people you love get the care that they need, get your kids through college without crippling debt…-Cory Doctorow

This makes three assumptions about a Bernie-led socialist government: it wil stop corperate spying, health care will be better, and there will be no student debt.

…create a sustainable energy revolution that lifts up the people who have been worst-done-by through climate change: racialized people in toxic dumpgrounds and the industrial workers who have been poisoned by extracting those toxins…– Cory Doctorow

So in this tweet socialism makes an energy revlution that lifts the oppressed. There is no obvious mechanism that socialism has that would do this. As examples, see existing and historical socialist states where workers have been abused and made to do dangerous and environmentally destructive work.

There’s not even a clear case that socialism itself will start an energy revolution. The movers and shakers for all innovation in sustainable energy all have a profit motive (are capitalist.) You take away that motive, innovation slows.

…maintain the planet in a state that is fit for human habitation, end the forever wars that have stolen your children, and take care of the maimed veterans who fought in them.– Cory Doctorow

So now socialism will save the environment, end all wars, and again provide health care.

We’ll break up the monopolies that steal your wages and crush your entrepreneurial dreams, and replace the ailing, crumbling American infrastructure with modern, sustainable, safe infrastructure that will withstand the climate chaos ahead– Cory Doctorow

So corporations steal your wages and kill entrepeneurial businesses. And socialism means better infrastructure.

It’s going to be a nightmare for you, but your kids? They’re gonna LOVE IT.– Cory Doctorow

I’m not sure why my kids would love having less control over their own lives and less money, but hey, to each his own.

The bottom line for me is that moving to more socialism by definition grants more powers to the government. I don’t trust the people running government operations now, and I have no reason to believe they or their replacements will behave any better or smarter if I just give them more power and money.