|Oh, you poor, naive young ones! Spend time in a communist country|
to cure you of this delusion!
My cure for it: spend time in a communist country. In my case, it was China in the last days of its Cultural Revolution. You couldn't get any consumer goods; staples, like rice, flour and cotton, were rationed. And look what happened to China when it took the dead hand of the State off the economy. It roared, in an unprecedented creation of wealth: the World Bank estimates 500 million Chinese have been lifted out of poverty in the Great China Boom, which began when I was there, in 1979 (ironically, the same time as the Iranian revolution did the opposite and took that country from secular sanity to stifling theocracy).
I'm well aware of the extent to which China is still a Leninist control system -- often nasty -- awere of its censorship 'n all -- what the BBC credits Xi Jinping with calling "socialism with Chinese characteristics" (the phrase was actully coined by the brilliant Deng Xiaoping in 1978). But China did loosen up a lot. Contrary to what's going on in places like Venezuela, where the socialists call for it to move even further left! As if it wasn't socialism, would be communism, that impoverished it...
Over to the felicitous pen of Douglas Murray: