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Exercises in Cognitive Dissonance: The “Socialism” Monopoly Game

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 pm

Courtesy of a member of the Constitutional Vanguard Facebook group comes this:

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I plan to post more memes and videos like this, and encourage everyone to share them on social media or wherever you do your Internet stuff. One of my main hobby horses these days is to find ways to counter those ridiculous pro-socialism memes we see from the BernieBots. There are different levels of complexity to the arguments that can be made. But sometimes the best argument is a very simple and amusing visual that makes the point that your Free Stuff comes at the expense of overwhelming and constant taxation.

I disagree with Dafydd ab Hugh that projects like the Constitutional Vanguard have “virtually nothing to do with the vote” — but I do agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment expressed by a correspondent and member of the Constitutional Vanguard:

[F]or any movement like this to succeed it we will have to adapt the ‘pitch’ to different segments of the society and we will have to do this in a way that does not compromise the core values of the movement. Difficult? You bet. But nothing worth a damn is ever easy.

Well said.

For what it’s worth, we have 30 new subscribers to the Constitutional Vanguard list since Tuesday — and as of this writing, our new private troll-free Facebook group, announced this morning, has 77 members. Sign up for the list and then join the Facebook group! The next email goes out tomorrow.

10 Responses to “Exercises in Cognitive Dissonance: The “Socialism” Monopoly Game”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (86c8ed)

  2. Glad you found something to hate more than Marco Rubio.

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  3. Many on the right have been criticizing Facebook lately for how they are “curating” the news. But the #neverTrump crowd went and had their meeting with Zuckerberg and so I guess they’re all good with the current state of affairs. They have decided who they would rather make common cause with.

    A nice safe place away from those Trump supporting trolls.

    Anon Y. Mous (9e4c83)

  4. 45% of food stamp slurping failmerican piggy pigs don’t even pay income tax

    happyfeet (831175)

  5. To be accurate, this board needs more “Go straight to jail” spaces.

    Leviticus (1d2db9)

  6. You nailed that one, Leviticus!

    Rev. Hoagie ™ (734193)

  7. Agreed Leviticus, in fact what’s with the three free parking spaces? That’s far too generous.

    Sean (221079)

  8. The board also needs squares labeled “sales tax”, “property tax”, “inventory tax”, “death tax”, “emigration tax”, and so on.
    …although in Sanders’ utopia there might be no private property to tax.

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  9. “what’s with the free parking spaces?”
    In Bernie Sanders’ socialist utopia, only the nomenklatura will have cars. Free parking will be a benefit unanimously voted for them by a grateful proletarian legislature.

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  10. To be accurate, this board needs more “Go straight to jail” spaces.

    Yeah, and I would have a rule so that only certain players can draw from the Community Chest.

    JVW (a9a2f5)

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