Thursday, March 3, 2016

Chess Champion Garry Kasparov on American Socialism

Garry Kasparov became the world chess champion at age 22. He then held the title from 1985 until 1993, when he split ways with FIDE, the international chess federation. I consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time.

Recently, he posted his views about socialism on Facebook. Everyone who has even thought about voting for Bernie Sanders (or Hillary for that matter) should read what this brilliant man has to say:
I'm enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism. Income inequality is a huge problem, absolutely. But the idea that the solution is more government, more regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd.