Great story on true socialism

An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single
student before but had, once, failed an entire class.
That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be
poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said
ok, we will have an experiment in this class on
socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the
same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After
the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who
studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around,
the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones
who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they
studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling
all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit
of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the
professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because
when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when
government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to
succeed. Could not be any simpler than that....
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  • Lynn 2009/04/16 15:36:39
    Repost, but a damn good repost. I dont know if this story is true, but it accurately illustrates the point.

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  • Christine/Rest in peace Pet... 2009/04/18 07:28:52
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    What a great posting. I had a teacher that did a simular thing with us. He gave us all the same amount of fake money then put us in groups of 5. We could earn extra money for extra credit assignments, or high grades. We also had certain amounts deducted for missed classes, poor grades, and assignments not turned in.

    First, we learned that the same few people got stuck doing all the work, so that they could keep the grades high. Others slacked off with excusses knowing that they would be covered. At the end of the first quarter the grades were in. We received an individual grade and a group grade.

    The teacher re-assigned groups and restarted the project over. At the end of the second quarter the groups were added up again. The individual grades were exactly the same. Both the slackers and the doers acheived exactly the same individual points as before even though they were assigned to different groups. However, one interesting thing did occur. The number of people carrying the slackers decreased. More members of the group became complacent and allowed fewer members to carry most of the load. This showed us that the middle class became less motivated in the project.
  • Agrippa 2009/04/18 06:54:49
    Humans, in general, are selfish assholes. I think that's more of the problem.
  • GK - Proud Right Wing Extre... 2009/04/17 20:37:13
    GK - Proud Right Wing Extremist since 2009
    Just so simple. I don't understand why so many can't get it. Thank you for this post.
  • BIG DADDY MAC 2009/04/17 20:31:46
    What a great thing to do in a class!
    NAU class nau rsists about socializing students more and that they are too conservative.....Perhaps they should include this into all course programs and grade accordingly! Can you see all of the people trying for Masters programs failing!
  • gypsy 2009/04/17 19:36:13
    Good post. i hope this story was true..............
  • sglmom 2009/04/17 06:55:20
    And that is the TRUTH .. it is what happens.
  • CoonOkie 2009/04/17 04:02:52
    Makes a damn good point. Shows why socialism will never work.
  • Denise 2009/04/16 21:53:47
    I've read this before. Good to have it printed on the sight. I'd like to send it to my two nieces in college. I worry about what they are being fed at their institute of higher learning.
  • Christi... Denise 2009/04/18 07:36:33
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    My Uncle had two sons who were raised conservative. The one that went to community college remained conservative. The other son went to a state university where most of the teachers were liberal. He came home ultra liberal and now he is too good to get along with even the moderate members of the family.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2009/04/16 19:05:50
  • johnny_lib 2009/04/16 18:39:36
  • driley 2009/04/16 18:02:34
    Great illustration. Great post.
  • Sandy 2009/04/16 17:36:52
    Wow... perfect ensample....

    We all need motivators... drive... when reason and purpose are melded with out come... there is progress.. but when reason and purpose are muddled by equality regardless of input... as the story demonstrates so aptly... all hell breaks loose... and I think we have seen that start happening around this country.... have we not?...

    Look at our socialistic school systems.... failure after failure... generation after generation of badly educated kids... with only a few excelled schools given special grants and challenges making the grade...

    Look at our medicine quality go down as the government pays for the elderly.... Drs just write any kind of perscription... and fraud among the elderly care is rampant...
  • GoddessMother 2009/04/16 16:33:12 (edited)
    And we are watching Atlas shrug as we speak. Those who would have made more than 250K in a year are stopping and taking sabbaticals once they reach that point and stopping their spending. So much for all the tax revenue from taxing those "evil" rich.
  • gmiing 2009/04/16 16:08:36
    I have never seen this before - good story - makes sense.
  • mustangluver 2009/04/16 15:40:04
    In Russia, everyone is the same...no rich, no poor, it is called communism...big gov, freedoms are few, fear lives in all hearts of the ppl. Anyone that is happy with this pres and admin is not a tax payer. Anyone that can possibly defend and justify the porky package and raising taxes is insane...
  • Christi... mustang... 2009/04/18 07:47:10
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    There are still the rich and poor in Russia. There are the few who use contacts and political deals to enable themselves to make money. There are still the poor as well. The problem is that the poor never have the ability to raise above their stations in live and be one of the people who are better off. That is the falicy of socialism. It does not elliminate the poor. Then benefits become limited as the individual becomes less important than the collective. Remember several years ago the heat was cut off to the elderly in Russia for the good of the majority. It was a severe winter and many of them died.
  • Lynn 2009/04/16 15:36:39
    Repost, but a damn good repost. I dont know if this story is true, but it accurately illustrates the point.
  • Wilson 2009/04/16 15:25:08
    Good story. Who in the world could want socialism, knowing what it is?!
  • Lynn Wilson 2009/04/16 15:38:25
    The problem is, too few people today know what socialism is or how it works.... They are still stuck in that 'it sounds like a good idea' phase, and Obama is blowing sunshine and smoke up their asses.

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