Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"All Socialist Roads Lead to the Same Destination"

Lessons from the Berlin Wall

We ought to take the time to look at not only how the Berlin Wall came down, but why it went up.

The value of celebrating the fall of the wall is mostly sentimental and emotional. It was a great time in human history – the videos of tearful, newly freed East Germans smashing the symbol of their imprisonment to pieces are unforgettable. But how did that wall get there in the first place? Why did East Germans tunnel underneath it, walk through minefields to get over it, and even build a hot air balloon to escape their country?

The answer is: Socialism. Totalitarian government. The belief that the government knows best, and has the right to dictate man’s lot in life.

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