A current portion of my scattershot career path, which this year has meandered from giraffe tenderer to Willy Wonka to rubber band man, daily places me on a rather lengthy bus ride around and in a white collar Mecca known by the locals as Bishop Ranch and by everyone else as that place where yuppies who don’t want to work in San Francisco proper go for presumably gainful employment. Bishop Ranch, or at least the vast majority thereof, resides in the city of San Ramon, a tony San Francisco Bay Area suburb where the police have so little to do they actually come to stores for shoplifting calls, residents out and about have to duck drive-by snubbings, and a street fight is defined as two soccer moms reaching for the same latte at Starbucks.

There was once upon a time – sixty years worth of time, to be precise – a ranch on Bishop Ranch’s seventeen hundred and seventy acres, this era concluding in 1955 when the at that time current Mr. Bishop passed away and his heirs decided they’d rather cut and run than continue to corral cattle, thus selling the land to Western Electric. Fast forward twenty-three years to when Western Electric, by then on its deathbed as part of the AT&T monopoly breakup that eventually gave us, um, AT&T, sold the ranch to a business development firm which immediately set out planting as many concrete wedding cakes with windows as it could fit into the available acreage. They’re still planting them, as daily I ride past a not unsubstantial construction site for yet another retail shops in the basement with apartments in the attic site currently all the rage in these parts.

There has been at least some effort to maintain Bishop Ranch’s rural legacy. The grounds have a multitude of trees scattered about, oak and pine and eucalyptus and even a few redwoods. A good portion of them give evidence by way of height and width of predating the building frenzy, doubtless present to both provide wood for assorted ranch requirements and shade for assorted cows and bulls to do what cows and bulls do, namely munch on grass while waiting for the next minor earthquake to rumble through so they can get a free hoof massage.

Trees notwithstanding, it’s impossible to gaze out the bus window and not wonder what this land was like when it was man using nature rather than man subletting nature and paving over everything else. In the city where I was born and raised, a standard joke whenever any kind of new development came in was the regrettable nature of tearing down yet another perfectly good empty field just for this. Progression progresses even as man multiplies; all these people have to have somewhere they can work and earn just enough money for enabling living the lifestyle they can’t afford. Yet, one wonders if any surviving members of the Bishop family, or the Gale family or any of the other families who have traded their earthy inheritance for an exceedingly large check, sometimes consider what was once theirs and regret leaving their farm on the freeway.

An ever increasing number of Americans now support an economic and philosophic system that has produced an enormous amount suffering and has a very high death toll.  Socialism is the economic system and it is the direct opposite of the free market system that built the United States into the freest and most economically successful nation ever.  Our steadily decreasing national freedom and prosperity are a direct result of an increasing number of these individuals entering government service at all levels and transitioning our economy from one of free market capitalism to one of socialism.

For about a hundred years there has been a stealthy tug of war between supporters of the free market and supporters of socialism. Those that support socialism have hidden behind the banners of liberalism and progressivism.  Now the masks are off and they proudly announce themselves to be socialists and their numbers are increasing rapidly.  As you can see from this article Poll: Nearly Half Of Millennials Prefer Socialism To Capitalism, by the Federalist, the distribution of socialists is not uniform by age

Nearly half of American millennials (44 percent) would rather live in a socialist society than a capitalist one, according to a report from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) which relied on YouGov polling data. Even so, there’s widespread ignorance among millennials about socialism and communism — only 71 percent of the millennials surveyed could properly identify what communism is and many often conflated the two economic systems.

Walter E. Williams explains why so many millennials support socialism in this Townhall article Capitalism vs. Socialism.

Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither they nor many of their teachers and professors know what free market capitalism is.

Walter E. Williams notes in the essay “Are Academic Elites Communist?” from August 16 2006 that it is not just academia that is to blame.

Academic leftists, and their media allies, are in agreement with many of the stated goals of communism, such as equal distribution of wealth, income equality and other goals spelled out in Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels’ “Manifesto of the Communist Party.”  Leftist elites love the ideas of communism so much that they are either blind to, or tolerant of, it’s many shortcomings.

This article sheds light on just how biased our colleges and universities have become: Nearly Four In Five College Departments Don’t Employ A Single Republican

To set foot on an American college campus, as anyone who’s spent a picosecond thereabout lately can tell you, is to step through a left-wing looking glass. But a jaw-dropping new study from the National Association of Scholars (NAS) reveals just how deep the rabbit hole goes: among tenure-track college professors at the nation’s top-ranked liberal arts schools, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than 10 to 1.

The Townhall article Dancing with Socialism, Ignoring Reality illustrates just how thoroughly the brainwashing of college students has been.

In the United States, surveys show that many Millennials are not merely soft on socialism but openly support it. They think capitalism benefits only the “one percent” and no one else, despite America’s matchless record of upward mobility and prosperity.

Since the 1960s, the media, Hollywood and the education system have presented a warped view of America along with a sugarcoated version of socialism. So, we should not be surprised when we see so many young people fooled by the false promises of redistributive economics.

The Millennials are the main force behind Vermont’s Democratic Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and they are pushing the Democratic Party even further to the Left.

Walter E. Williams discusses why socialism is immoral is this article: “Evil Concealed by Money” from November 19, 2008.

This is why socialism is evil. It employs evil means, coercion or taking the property of one person, to accomplish good ends, helping one’s fellow man. Helping one’s fellow man in need, by reaching into one’s own pockets, is a laudable and praiseworthy goal. Doing the same through coercion and reaching into another’s pockets has no redeeming features and is worthy of condemnation.

Socialism always fails with devastating results.   Thomas Sowell tells us why in this quote I found in the Acton Institute Powerblog article 6 Quotes: Sowell on economics and ideas.

The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. When politicians discover some group that is being vocal about not having as much as they want, the “solution” is to give them more. Where do politicians get this “more”? They rob Peter to pay Paul. After a while, of course, they discover that Peter doesn’t have enough. Bursting with compassion, politicians rush to the rescue. Needless to say, they do not admit that robbing Peter to pay Paul was a dumb idea in the first place. On the contrary, they now rob Tom, Dick, and Harry to help Peter

Are college students informed about socialism’s tragically high body count?  If not they should read this Townhall article Capitalism vs. Socialism by Walter E. Williams.

A much larger and totally ignored question has to do with the brutality of socialism. In the 20th century, the one-party socialist states of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Germany under the National Socialist German Workers’ Party and the People’s Republic of China were responsible for the murder of 118 million citizens, mostly their own. The tallies were: USSR 62 million, Nazi Germany 21 million and PRC 35 million. No such record of brutality can be found in countries that tend toward free market capitalism.

Norway and other Scandinavian countries are often held up as socialism success stories, but are they really?  No they are not and this article documents the truth:  Norway’s Version of the Resource Curse

I have a Question for all of those in media and elsewhere who continue their perpetual outrage over the Trump administration, the answer of which will put their feelings in their proper perspective.

“It is very easy to find outrage over Trump on TV, on Twitter and other social media in the Newspapers, on almost any college Campus’ and inside the beltway where that is but when you leave these places and listen to people at work or play or dinner, do you hear them obsessing over this administration the way you are?”

I suspect the answer to this question would cause the grief they express on social media to multiply exponentially, which is why I suspect it will not be done anytime soon.