She fled Communist Cuba in 2015. A girl who made it to the United States is explaining what Cuba is like, “I love my country. I hate my government.” Through a little more probing, this Cuban girl says that if you kill a man…
…you get 20 years in prison, but if you kill a cow you get 40 years in prison because the cow is not yours—even though you take care of it. Nothing is really yours. There is no private property in Cuba, socialism abolished it. Now this Cuban girl has a car, a job, and a cell phone. Her responsibility and freedom. Welcome to the United States.
There are three major economic systems:
Socialism is characterized as a command system, where, all power and all economic decisions come from a few people at the top of a pyramid. Whereas Capitalism is the peaceful means of economic exchange. Capitalism is different from socialism in that socialism is forceful and capitalism is peaceful. Dr. Ronald Nash explains it well. He says that Capitalism says, “You do something good for me, and I will do something good for you.” Socialism will say, “You do something good for me or else something bad will happen to you.” A combination of the two systems could be called “Interventionism;” which is characterized as a state or government having the authorization to intervene with a free market economy whenever politicians deem it prudent or advantageous.
Many people think the United States has a capitalistic economic system. From the above list of definitions, the United States would be characterized as an interventionist economic system. What happened during the depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s is a great example. Dr. Ronald Nash, author of Poverty and Wealth, stated that due to the government intervening in the economy, the great depression occurred; if the government stayed out of the economy during the depression, the economy would have eventually fixed itself. The government intervened and prolonged the depression. They did not look at the long term effects. Other examples of how the U.S. government intervenes is through unemployment, deflation, interest rates, recessions, and depressions.
There are some people who think that socialism would be okay if all the people volunteered to be a part of a socialist government. This is called voluntary socialism. This system is naïve. Even if every single person originally signed up for this system, after a while people would get sick and tired of lazy people bumming off the system and want to get out—which could not happen at that point in time. They would be stuck.
Here is the problem with socialism: It is stealing and it is unbiblical. Socialism at it’s core means that there is to be no private property. We see from the earliest chapters of Genesis, Lot and Abram divided the property set before them. We see property laws set up in the Pentateuch. We see in 2 Corinthians that the church was not forced to give their property to those in need. They did it out of love. However, Socialism forces people to give their money and possessions to those in need. Socialism makes mandatory what God left voluntary.
The movie “The Village” shows a great example of what a group can do to have their perfect socialist world. They can go out in the middle of nowhere and set up their community. They don’t have to enforce and force socialism on to people.
The Bible is not explicit when it comes to commanding or teaching a purely capitalistic system, but what we see are Biblical principles that lean toward capitalism. Everything we do in life should be done to the glory of God. This includes what economic system we operate on.
Dr. Nash discusses the theory behind socialism as originally understood by Karl Marx.