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Pawn Stars Creator on Why Capitalism Beats Socialism

Pawn Stars Creator on Why Capitalism Beats Socialism

“Socialism doesn’t work,” he said. “Big government doesn’t work.”

Pawn Stars is one of the most successful shows on television right now and the creator, Rick Harrison, was the featured guest on Life, Liberty and Levin this weekend.

Harrison is a self educated man who never graduated from high school and didn’t go to college. He has done extremely well despite this and he definitely leans right. Among the many topics he discussed with Levin, was the left’s fascination with socialism.

From the FOX News Insider:

Rick Harrison on ‘Life, Liberty & Levin’: Capitalism Is ‘Survival of the Fittest’

Rick Harrison, of the hit reality TV show “Pawn Stars,” sat down with Mark Levin for a discussion on capitalism.

Harrison said that the economic system is “survival of the fittest” and that everyone involved in it ultimately has a better life because of it.

He gave Levin an example of its success through the watch-making business in the 1850s…

“By 1890, the best watches in the world, hands down, were American watches. … That’s because in London, it took 17 different unions to make a watch. Massive bureaucracy.”

Harrison said that example is just one of a million more about how capitalism yields success.

“Socialism doesn’t work,” he said. “Big government doesn’t work.”

Katie Jerkovich of the Daily Caller has more:

“Pawn Stars” Rick Harrison explained why “socialism doesn’t work” and capitalism, in the end, works in such a way that “we all have a better life because of it.”

“You know, it’s survival of the fittest. And in the end, we all have a better life because of it,” the 53-year-old reality TV star shared Sunday night during his appearance on “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Fox News with host Mark Levin. The comments came after the host asked the reality star if he agreed that a “capitalistic economy” is a vibrant one.

This video is cued to begin at the 12 minute mark, just press play:

You may want to go back to the beginning and watch the whole thing. It’s a great interview.

Featured image via YouTube.


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Socialism works great for the bureaucrats at the top (and a few others slightly down the food chain). Even for them it eventually fails.
Just check to see how things are going in Venezuela lately.

    pwaldoch in reply to NGAREADER. | August 7, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I love how leftists are just sooo open about their Socialism now. Years ago is was Communism and Socialism was intended only as a stepping stone to communism, as once the pieces were in place, the leaders would just step away. Now those leaders just plain plan on staying in place as your Lords and Masters. Now those advocating it aren’t even hiding the fact that they don’t intend to get to communism, and will just plan on being your lord and master for your betterment. And so many mushy headed leftists believe that somehow they will wind up being on the TOP of the food pyramid.
    Here’s a hint for you leftist, your personal status, and wealth will be MUCH LOWER than it is now! There isn’t much room at the top, and if you aren’t already THERE, you WON’T be if your “dreams” of socialist utopia come through.

    healthguyfsu in reply to NGAREADER. | August 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Tell a socialist advocate, particularly the young ones, about Venezuela and they will stick their fingers in their ears and, if they haven’t already, run to google to spit back at you some nonsense that Venezuela is capitalist because they call themselves capitalist.

    The brainwashed Marx disciples of today’s college cult don’t realize that a few cronies capitalizing on a heavily regulated, gamed economy in a totalitarian does not make for the free market that is the core component allowing capitalism to thrive. In fact, this is exactly what happened in the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST REPUBLICS. Gorbachev and Yeltsin were actually half decent men (at least 30% I’d say) that didn’t do what the Venezuelan power brokers have done and allow the death spiral to continue and swallow their citizenry whole. Reagan and our military were also a big part of not allowing that to happen, too.

But this time will be different! This time we are not making the same mistakes again..

(Queue Jeff Goldblum – “No, you’re making all new ones.”

So many seem to associate Socialism with Medievalism, where they aren’t the serfs.

Just as a reality check, tariffs are BIG GOVERNMENT, anti-liberty notions that cause terrible ramifying harms in a market economy.

They ARE Progressivism and statism in the flesh. The LAST thing they are is “conservative”.

    txvet2 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 7, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    What they are is a club to beat everybody over the head with to get them to drop/lower their own tariffs. They’ve never been intended to be anything else. The world has been riding us like a rented mule and it’s time to buck.

      Ragspierre in reply to txvet2. | August 7, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      No, what they are is a rake you insist stepping on is a great idea.

      Nobody is “riding” you. And nobody is going to pay our tariffs BUT us.

      They ONLY come from ONE place, and that’s BIG GOVERNMENT statists like Duh Donald. He knows shit-all about economics and he cares about learning it not-at-all. You should be smarter than him.

        healthguyfsu in reply to Ragspierre. | August 7, 2018 at 6:42 pm

        Last I checked you were a lawyer not an economist, but I guess that profession makes you a temporary expert on your opined topic of the day.

          Ragspierre in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 7, 2018 at 8:34 pm

          I earned my JD along with an MBA. I’ve studied economics both formally and informally all my adult life, but I’m not pretending any authority. I just know what I know, and I’ve invested considerable time in learning to think in economics terms, which is not often intuitive.

        txvet2 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        Trump is using tariffs as a negotiating tool. Without the credible threat of retaliation, we have no leverage to get other countries (including virtually everybody else in the world) to drop trade restrictions and tariffs. We’ll pay them only if and when they’re actually implemented. Meanwhile, we export jobs to places like Canada and China to avoid their tariffs and trade restrictions. I don’t necessarily like the way he’s going about it, but at least he’s trying to correct a problem that no other president in recent history has even addressed.

          Ragspierre in reply to txvet2. | August 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm

          You’ll want to check your history. Both W and Barracula imposed tariffs during their time in office.

          From ALLLLLLLLL experience with protective tariffs we know several things.

          1. they are net jobs killers

          2. they are bad for every interest, even the “protected” special interests

          3. they are about the most stupid tool in the box

          4. they have HUGE negative impacts that ripple all through our economy

          5. smart people who are being damaged by them will find ways to wire around them, effecting U.S. business for years

          6. THESE particular tariffs and other BIG GOVERNMENT industrial policy positions are based on lies, and they’re illegal

          We negotiate trade deals constantly, and it’s just a stupid, false narrative that we “lose” in trade. Among several other myths about trade that have a lot of coinage here. There are MANY great tools to use in developing freer trade, among them offering to lower our own myriad tariffs in exchange for reciprocity.

          The U.S. is not a nation of losers, and the notion is really an insult to intelligence.

          txvet2 in reply to txvet2. | August 7, 2018 at 11:40 pm

          There are MANY great tools to use in developing freer trade, among them offering to lower our own myriad tariffs in exchange for reciprocity.

          None of which seem to have worked. Maybe it’s actually time to try something a little less sophisticated and a little more “blunt object”. Once again, since you seem to have overlooked it, let me point out that I’m not personally enchanted with Trump’s methods, but I’m willing to let them play out, given that nothing that Bush nor Obama (ptui!) have done has struck fear into the hearts of our enemies – or trading competitors.

          Ragspierre in reply to txvet2. | August 8, 2018 at 12:41 am

          They work all the time.

          Some things don’t work. Like Progressive bullshit al la T=rump. Nothing good will come from lying and imposing dictatorial planned economics.

          txvet2 in reply to txvet2. | August 8, 2018 at 12:50 am

          “”They work all the time.””

          A statement with no basis in fact, given that the tariffs still remain. Sorry Rags, but the fact is, they don’t work at all unless there’s an iron will to enforce them. I know you’re a Trump hater and won’t change, but you’re beating your head against a stone wall.

          Ragspierre in reply to txvet2. | August 8, 2018 at 3:19 am

          Sound economics and the truth…as opposed to the lies T-rump tells…will out. Nothing I say is without basis in facts, and you’ve said several things in this thread that weren’t true. I’m not calling you a liar, but it’s just a fact. Tariffs are not something T-rump invented, and he’s not going to get anything new. Bernie Sanders economics isn’t a good plan.

          Watch and see…

Socialism is the opiate of the intellectual caste. Read that wry bit of commentary somewhere recently.

Like a reptilian constrictor GiantTech will slowly but surely throttle this Pawn Wars fellow. Check out Bill Whittle getting the utube choke hold for more on this.

Strangely, the video linked is “unavailable”.

Who could have seen that coming?

More important than the practical arguments against socialism is the moral argument. It isn’t moral to force others to sacrifice for you (regardless of what Hillary says).

Well the Pawn Stars show just died.