Left-wing Politics and Economics, and the 21st Century World

The ideology of a classless society, communal ownership of the modes of production, welfare state, and strong and influential government has no room in a 21st century world.

In a 21st century world, most people seem to be motivated with the intense desire to advance. Some pursue further studies; others pursue entrepreneurship or improve work performance, all in the name improving their lives, and their chances of success in career or finance. The desire to advance is, without a doubt, based on what will work best for himself.

The desire to advance is perhaps based on the fact that people are not created equal. There are those who come from wealthy families, while others are born out of poverty. Some are gifted with beautiful physical appearance but the rest are that not well endowed in terms of looks. Some excelled in academics or are intellectually gifted, while others are street smart. It is only through personal advancement, such as having a master's degree or a Ph.D, gaining significant work and life experience, and possessing large amounts of money and personal possessions, that one can significantly upgrade his standing in society, and, at least, be at par or get ahead of those who have plenty.

Even society itself is not created equal. There are differences in genders, classes, economic standing, educational and/or professional background, religion, political beliefs, etc. If a person will think deeply and become pragmatic, there is virtually no way to reconcile these differences, and those that define each and every one.

This is the reason why those who propagate the political agenda of a classless society, of having all modes of production being owned by the community or the government, and of having an excessively powerful state that provides for almost everything, from education to health care to social security, do not make sense. Worse, they use the classrooms in schools, colleges and universities; traditional and social media; and even the pulpit in religious institutions to target the young, the idealistic and the gullible by them believe that such a Utopian concept is possible. Worse, they manipulate the minds of their targets by concocting a false scenario of persecution, repression, victimhood and hopelessness, all in the name of satisfying their political agenda and creating a new order of things based on their unrealistic view of the world.

However, some of them would argue that there is a need to redistribute the wealth of countries and the rest of the world in the name of equality. Frankly speaking, equality, as espoused by left-leaning ideologues, is unattainable and will create more inequality, hence additional problems. Look at the countries where the politics of those espousing such belief and agenda- Venezuela and North Korea- and see the truth- that the Politburo, the ruling class composed of elite party members, and those connected to them, are the only ones who enjoy the best that society can offer, while the rest of the population are sharing on mere leftovers, and are even being purged by the Politburo when they begin crying for change in the Leftist status quo.

Instead of pursuing equality, which will never be achieved in the first place, it is more realistic to go for equity, where each person receives what he deserves to get. It can be attained through merit, based on each person's output, how he performs in what he does, how determined he is in improving himself and how he contributes to the improvement of his community. Equity can also be achieved through the creation of more employment and entrepreneurship opportunities that can be explored and exploited by more members of society, a measure that can only possible through free markets, policies and laws that encourage the creation of such opportunities, and a lean but effective and efficient pragmatist government that will pursue such goal.

The reality of the 21st century world is that the free market, and the emancipation and advancement of the individual and his interests will stay and become more intense. The reality of the 21st century world is that the survival of each country is based purely on pursuing its political and economic interests through a variety of means, most of which are through the creation of greater economic opportunities and asserting itself on the global market. The ideology of a classless society, communal ownership of the modes of production, welfare state, and strong and influential government has no room in a 21st century world.

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Benedict is an agricultural economist, academician and writer. He has gained experience and expertise in various fields of economics, business, political science and public relations after through professional ventures in the academe, and in the public and private sectors. He has authored or co-authored key publications on topics ranging from agriculture and food security to global affairs and politics.
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