Pretty darn close, actually.
In the previous post I showed that no one on the Left is a complete idiot. Does that seem like “damning with faint praise”? It’s not; it’s an indictment. Since no one is fully stupid, no one is fully good. And morality trumps mind.
They are not complete idiots, but they are stupid beyond mortal comprehension.
Set aside what you already know. Now consider this: which is better, capitalism or communism? “Better for what?” you ask, having set aside knowledge, not intellect. Since they are both economic theories, I’ll go with “better at feeding and clothing and sheltering and educating and enriching human beings.” If your definition is “eliminating the human cancer that infects Mother Gaia”, your answer will be different.
(This is why non-Leftists who interact with the Left need to insist on goals being defined prior to anything else. Some of them honestly do wish to impoverish others. A rare few even admit it.)
Anyway, let’s assume that “better economic theory” means “better at creating prosperity”. Oh, if only we could test these two mutually exclusive theories in laboratory conditions! Unfortunately, we can’t. Economics is “social science”, which means “not really science”. Every scientist agrees on the speed of light. Every economist agrees on nothing.
So, we can’t prove one or the other like an equation. But what we can do is seize post-WWII Germany and divide it in two. Make one half capitalist, the other communist. (Actually, the absolute best would be to carve the Deutschland into thirds, leaving Control Group Germany to its own devices.)
This test would be a beautiful thing. Well, not necessarily for Germans. But it’s a very simple and useful test and only a complete idiot could misunderstand it. The divided Germans are genetically similar and have an identical language and history. Best of all, their Lutheran/Protestant culture comes with a fierce work ethic! That’s perfect for testing economic theories.
Now start the ex-Reich rat race!
(Oh, you’ll also need to put a wall up in about a decade. Otherwise the experiment will fail because about half of your rats will try to escape their maze.)
Can we draw any economic conclusions from that 50-year experiment?
“What about the repeatability of phenomenon?” you ask? Well, there are other peoples and cultures beside the Teutonic one. So rather than dividing up another European country, let’s chop up an Asian one this time. Let’s say, right across the 38th parallel, northern hemisphere?
What conclusions can we draw? That Leftists are either stupid beyond all comprehension, or evil tyrants who hate us beyond all comprehension.