Stealing private property: The socialist dream of Cuba’s Castro, Venezuela’s Chavez, and New York’s Bill de Blasio

Throughout its long history, socialism has proven it cannot produce, only take. By its very nature, it is a parasitic ideology looking not to sustain itself, but to take from others in order to survive.

It is indeed the socialist dream to steal private property. A dream enjoyed by communist dictatorships such as Cuba’s Castros and Venezuela’s Chavez, and now New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio.

David Unsworth in PanAm Post:

Expropriation of Private Property: the Socialist Dream of Bill de Blasio, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to be able to expropriate private property, and have the city determine who can live where, and how much they should pay.

With the rising influence of socialism in the Democratic Party, and the real power and influence of groups like the Democratic Socialists of America, it’s hardly outlandish to suggest that the ideology is playing an increasingly important role on the national stage. Bernie Sanders, who won 43% of the vote in the 2016 Democratic Party primary, has long openly identified as a socialist, while maintaining close ties with socialist regimes like Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Daniel Ortega’s Nicaragua.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another socialist politician, has become the rising star of the party, skyrocketing to Twitter fame, where she currently ranks only behind Donald Trump in terms of popularity on Twitter. Some Democrats have embraced her, while others have shunned her. You get the sense that Pelosi and Schumer understand all too well that the more AOC crafts the party’s public policy and image, the more their electoral prospects in 2020 decline.

Bernie and AOC may be socialists working within the Democratic Party to erode our free-market capitalist system, but even they have not called for the measures that New York City’s socialist mayor Bill de Blasio recently championed. In a recent public address, he promoted expropriation of private property as a tool of social justice to crack down on problem landlords:

“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time…If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”

So, to play the devil’s advocate for a moment, one might suggest: well, yes expropriation of private property is a dangerous precedent, but De Blasio and the city of New York would of course be very judicious and responsible (and selective) with their use of this new power. After all, he has only discussed expropriation of private property for derelict landlords who are not taking proper care of their buildings.

Are we really expected to believe, however, that the expropriation of private property is going to end with ramshackle buildings in New York City? This after all is the mayor who recently said that he wished the city of New York could have control over the real estate market, determining such things as rents and prices.

“Our legal system is structured to favor private property,” he lamented. Oh really? So, this is not Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia? This is not 1959 Cuba? This is not today’s Venezuela? A legal system that favors private property?

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