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Never Bet on Red — Why No One Can Be a Good Catholic and True Socialist at the Same Time

Discussion in 'OBOB General Politics Forum' started by Michie, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    “The harvest of misery is before our eyes, and the dreadful projects of the most disastrous national upheavals are threatening us from the growing power of the socialistic movement.” —Pope Leo XIII

    Remember that famous Einstein quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results?” It’s misattributed –– it actually originated with mystery novelist Rita Mae Brown.

    But, either way, it’s a great quote one can pull out whenever someone stupidly repeats what they’ve already failed at.

    The Bible has a by far more colorful –– and entertaining –– version: “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly” (Proverbs 26:11). It’s bad enough when people quote the Bible when you know you’re wrong. It’s worse when you think you still have a great idea despite proof otherwise.

    Perhaps it’s the practical application to what logicians refer to as the “Gambler’s Fallacy” –– the patently silly notion that if you try something long enough, eventually it’s going to come up sunshine, rainbows and lollipops for you. Nothing could be further from the truth. The chances of getting three lemons on a legitimate, untampered with jackpot machine is 1/10 times 1/10 times 1/10, or one in a thousand. In terms of percentages, it’s 999 to 1 each timeyou pull the lever of the one-armed bandit. You don’t get extra accumulated points for perseverance.

    So why do atheists insist on going back to the dog vomit that is socialism?

    Of the 43 countries that were founded as Marxist in the 20th century, only five remain: China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Laos. The latter four are among the poorest countries in the world. Though China’s economy is the second largest in the world with a GDP of $14.14 trillion, it’s a far distant second to America’s $21.44 trillion GDP. It looks less impressive when you consider the 2019 per-capita disposable income for Americans was $45,646 and only $4,461.95 for Chinese.

    Continued below.
    Never Bet on Red — Why No One Can Be a Good Catholic and True Socialist at the Same Time
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