In the early 1600s, one of the very first American Colonies tried government-controlled socialism: From each according to their abilities to each according to their needs. It failed miserably. It almost destroyed the colony as the people came close to starving to death in toto. The colony switched to free market principles. The people owned their land. The people owned their own industriousness. The people owned their own harvests and could do with them what they wished. At that point, the colony switched from decimation by starvation to wealth-generation and resounding success.
From the early 1600s to the early 1900s, the US has used free market principles to become the wealthiest, freest, most generous nation in the history of the world. Starting around the 19-teens, American “Progressivism” has been destroying the very thing that made America great, with a brief respite in the roaring 1920s as Conservative free market principles held sway.
Around 1930ish, “progressivism” once again held sway, to the demise of the American economic framework. “Progressive” principles, which are anti-free market, anti-freedom, hyper-extended and greatly deepened a recession-turned-depression into the “Great Depression” which America felt longer and more deeply than most of the rest of the world. Contrary to some Conservative opinions, the Great Depression was not ended by the need for materiel during WWII. The Great Depression actually extended slightly beyond the end of WWII.
Around 1946, there was a mild cut-back in the “progressive” agenda, which greatly helped kill off the Great Depression. The Conservative principles put into Law around that time cannot be lightly dismissed as they helped generate the massive economic explosion. Granted, the US was one of the extreme few heavily industrialized nations that were not decimated by WWII*, which greatly benefited the US post-WWII, but that benefit would’ve been heavily dampened had it not been for a roll-back on “progressive” Laws.
From the late 1940s through the 1960s, the US economic explosion benefited greatly from their being the only nation that could actually produce en masse. Europe and the Pacific Rim were decimated. It really was up to the US to pull the world out of the destruction that was WWII. And American ingenuity and industriousness and freedom and generosity did just that.
But, after the free world recovered from WWII, economic competition from the free world slowed US growth. And American “progressivism” further eroded US growth. American “progressivism” has pumped millions of people into the role of leaches; made millions of people dependent on others instead of independent and responsible for themselves. And American “progressivism”, which is government mandated “from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs”, is rapidly decimating the US, American culture, and by extension, the world.
The US is still the most generous nation in the world. And American Conservatives are still the most generous people in the world. But as the American “Progressive” movement continues to decimate the US, we will soon reach the point where we can no longer be generous, as a nation or as individual people. And the world will be much the worse for it.
“From each according to their ability, to each according to their need” has decimated nations everywhere it has ever been implemented, and will continue to decimate nations everywhere it is implemented until the Day of the New Millenium when Christ rules the world (when “from each to each” will be an illegal philosophy).
When the Iron Curtain finally fell, East Germany was absolutely cratered while West Germany was massively successful and it took lots of time to repair East Germany from the devastation of WWII+Communism. Romania, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Empire, the Balkans, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc, etc, were all still decimated from WWII and Communism. Cuba is still decimated from Communist “from each to each”. North Korea is absolutely decimated from Communist principles. In the Middle East, except for Israel, the people are impoverished while the ruling class is grossly wealthy.
In fact, looking at the world, the American middle class is wealthier than many nations’ wealthy class (when excluding their ruling classes). But if “progressives” get their way, the American middle class will vanish. The American wealthy class (except for the ruling class) will vanish. Freedom across the world will vanish. And the “progressives” will never understand what happened. Because the “progressives” will always, always, always depend on the continuously and always failed policies of history.
*While Canada, New Zealand, Australia were not decimated in WWII, I don’t believe any of those three were heavily industrialized because they were mainly agrarian in my estimation. Switzerland was nominally neutral but loved it some Nazi treasure. And in my own view, Switzerland was an agrarian/banking nation and not heavily industrialized.