Shh! Don’t tell Bernie Sanders, but according to this example, and pretty much every other example in history, socialism doesn’t work.
A popular pizza restaurant in Boston announced on Wednesday that it will have to close its doors at the end of the year, because their experiment of giving all of their employees a “fair wage” made the business insolvent.
“I don’t think anyone is looking at it as a failure,” Luther Pinckney, a team leader at Dudley Dough told the Boston Globe. “It’s an experiment, and some very good things came out of that, such as skill-building for staff and being in this building at this time of gentrification and change in this community.”
If the business isn’t going to be open anymore, then it was a failure. While it's good that they helped build skillsets for their employees, but because of their “experiment,” the employees with these new skills are out of a job entirely.
There's nothing wrong with failure either. If someone is determined enough, said failure can be a learning experience on what not to do the next time.
Patrons of the pizza establishment say that they are going to miss Dudley Dough, because the restaurant became a part of the community.
Sure, but their business model was rooted in an ideology that always fails.
“There’s a sadness associated with it,” said Carole Walton, a Roxbury resident. “On a daily basis I come in here, and this is how I get my day started, with conversations and warm greetings and good people. I’m going to definitely miss it.”
According to The Blaze:
Dudley Dough is an offshoot of Haley House, a nonprofit organization based in Boston’s South End and Roxbury neighborhoods, that provides food and housing to low-income residents.
The shop is popular among residents in the area, but it’s not breaking even and that puts stress on Haley House.
What the Haley House was trying to do with Dudley Dough is admirable, but in order to continue to help people you have to also try and educate people that a typically minimum wage job isn’t meant to support a family. Minimum wage jobs were supposed to help young people enter the workforce. You're supposed to give people equal opportunities, not equal outcomes.
Socialist ideas, when put into practice, never work. The idea of some kind of utopia is a nice one for those that actually want to help people. But, if it never works, then why keep trying it?
That’s the definition of insanity.