To Canadians’ great shame, it was Canada’s province of Saskatchewan that initiated socialist politics in N. America, under Tommy Douglas.
Douglas brought to N. America, the unoriginal, yet winning, political trick…
Yep, citizens of Saskatchewan were willing to vote for whichever politician would spend more of other peoples’ money. Each voter hoped s/he would benefit more than that money, from taxation, would cost them personally . Nor did they care for what the full provincial economic cost would be. They only hoped that the dollars taken would somehow come their way, when they needed them. Each citizen hoped that his cost::benefit ratio would be smaller than anyone else’s.
That view has an interesting history.
Picture a starving ‘dirt’ farmer & his family; e.g. Henry Fonda in the “Grapes of Wrath”:
In those days, 98% of Canadians were farmers. Before Tommy Douglas’s political success, in Saskatchewan, a great many people refused to accept, let alone apply for, such government funds as Workmen’s Compensation, or Unemployment Insurance. Why?
Because they knew they would be using other people’s money, and preferred to starve rather than stoop so low.
That pride, that virtue, is, today, incredible. Who, now, thinks with such integrity? (Certainly not commenter Paulhus) H_ll, the public schools require, by implication, that children think otherwise!
Before Tommy Douglas’s influence, men knew what it meant to be self-reliant rather than parasitic. Such men exist no more. Yes, there are a few statistical exceptions (I must be one of them).
In almost comedic irony, Leftists wail about the selfish greed of the wealthy, yet they hope to greedily steal other peoples’ wealth for their own ‘higher’ ideals.