I was talking to a friend last night about his job as a property manager for a company that buys and develops HUD housing complexes. They go and buy run down properties for dirt cheap, and in exchange for their management services and some modest rehab, they get guaranteed rental income from tax payers for 20 - 25 years at a time. This arrangement is a socialist’s dream come true. Wealth is taken from those who earned it, and free or deeply discounted rent is given to the poor who didn’t earn it, all in the name of a supposed public good.
Here’s the rub. Socialists rail against economic inequality, and they demand that it is desirable and even achievable to have a society in which everybody is equally rewarded, regardless of their contribution. So programs like this HUD program are implemented in order to redistribute that wealth some, to take from the rich and give to the poor. Only that isn’t what happens. My friend’s company is actually getting very wealthy from this. This program takes from the rich, middle class and the poor, gives it back to the rich, and does so in a way that enslaves the supposed beneficiaries to a life of dependency upon the government for survival. This dependency on the government self-perpetuates as the children grow up in these facilities knowing no other way to survive. This program makes the poor poorer and less able to pull themselves from poverty, and makes the rich even more wealthy.
I don’t fault my friend’s company for taking this opportunity; someone else would if it wasn’t them. They actually do improve the properties they buy. I fault those who rely only on intended results and good intentions as their primary means of directing public policy. This has always been the logical flaw in the argument for socialism. Utopian ideals are sufficient and no regard for the likelihood of success or for the possibility of unintended consequences is necessary according to the socialist. It isn't even necessary to present a logical means of achieving those ideals. The ideal is all that is required.