In the history of online “self-owns” there has never been
one greater than what the Socialist Party of Great Britain just unleashed from
their Twitter account. This one belongs in the “delete-your-account” hall of
It looks persuasive enough. Though no one can be sure, of
course, that the building on the left doesn’t maintain state-of-the-art
equipment on the inside, the implication is clear enough: socialism means
top-notch care, capitalism means long wait times.
Apparently, the Socialist Party wants you to ignore all the
anecdotal stories that pepper the news regularly about the wealthy living in
socialist enclaves escaping to capitalist systems for their medical care, about
the poor people under socialized medicine dying while on their wait list for a
tetanus shot, and just look at the pretty picture they tweeted.
But as it turns out, the picture on the right of the
high-tech patient wonder-room is an image that comes from a private hospital in
Pennsylvania. So it’s a hospital financed by capitalism in the semi-capitalist
healthcare system of the United States of America. Oops.
And any guesses as to where the picture on the left comes
from? Yes, that’s correct. It comes from Britain; it’s a picture of the wait
lines outside one of the National Health Service medical facilities. You know,
the socialized healthcare system that Americans are always told by progressive
liberals that we should envy, despite the fact that the system is overwhelmed and leaving patients to
I don’t know if the Socialist Party of Great Britain didn’t
do any research on their meme before posting it, or whether they thought no one
else would. But it didn’t take long for them to have to start bailing water out
of their sinking ship:
Ah, it’s merely “representative.” Actually it is –
representative of what happens in a system that is not predicated upon the
rationing of resources like socialism inevitably demands. And the “wELl
AcKsHUalLy NHS iS cAPitaLiSt” is just choice.
I know the socialists are fond of Karl Marx’s slogan “From
each according to his abilities.” Now might be the time for them to recognize
that the “abilities” of their social media team leave a bit to be desired.