Orrin Woodward LIFE Leadership Team

Winner of the 2011 Independent Association of Business Top Leader Award; Orrin Woodward shares his leadership secrets.

Socialism Destroys Achievement

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 6, 2009

Here is an excellent analogy on socialism that was sent to me by one of the many hungry students on this blog.  I do not assume the story is real, but the principles are real.  You can go all the way back to the pilgrims and the shared field to see the effects of socialism. Imagine if education graded on a socialistic curve?  What a shame common sense is not common.  Free enterprise is not perfect, but it is head and shoulders above coercion, which is the only other option regardless of what name it is given.  God Bless, Orrin Woodward


An economics professor at (Take your Pick) said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. The 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 third test rolled around, the average was an F.


The scores never increased as bickering, blame, and name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for anyone else.


To their great surprise, all failed. The professor told them that socialism would ultimately fail because the harder it is to succeed the greater the reward, but when a government takes all the reward away, no one will try and no one will succeed…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: