Socialism works! Panera closes pay-what-you-want community cafes; Canadian basic-income recipients sue government

Many years ago, my erstwhile, faux socialist friend Stephanie exclaimed, in a moment of great frustration when I disagreed with a stance she took:

“I’ve made up my mind. Don’t confuse me with facts!”

Stephanie exemplifies one of the stubborn attributes of the Left: They persist in advocating socialism/communism, in spite of the testimony from history that it doesn’t work. Bearing silent witness are the bones of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of those whom communist regimes had slaughtered in the 20th century. But the Left insist that “they” didn’t do socialism/communism properly, and that “this time” they’ll make it work.

Here are two recent examples of the failure of socialism which, once again, will fall on deaf ears.

(1) Panera

Panera Bread Company is a chain store of for-profit bakery-café fast-casual restaurants with over 2,000 locations in the United States and Canada.

In November 2010 in a pious TED talk, Panera founder Ron Shaich announced the inception of Panera Cares — a chain of six nonprofit “community cafés” in Dearborn, Portland, Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis, which operate on a “pay-what-you-can” model “to help raise awareness about the very serious and pervasive problem of food insecurity (hunger) in the U.S.”.

Customers pay whatever amount they “can” for food, while others are encouraged to pay more (“donate”) in accordance with “suggested donation amounts” listed for all menu items “designed to help you understand the cost of ‘paying it forward’ and assisting those who struggle with food insecurity.”

In other words, the model of the Panera Cares community cafés is not even socialism. It is communism — Karl Marx’s “To each according to his needs, from each according to his abilities”. In truth, the community cafés should more accurately be called “communist cafés”.

Alas, human nature being what it is, although some people paid their “fair share” (whatever that means), many others simply took advantage of the communist “pay-what-you-can” model by paying little or nothing. The cafés reportedly were “mobbed” by students and homeless people looking for a free meal.

As an example, the Portland-based Panera Cares communist café was reportedly only recouping 60% to 70% of its total costs because of students who “mobbed” the restaurant and ate without paying, as well as homeless patrons who visited the restaurant for every meal of the week. The location eventually limited the homeless to “a few meals a week.” (DailyWire)

None of the communist cafés was self-sustaining.

In February 15, 2019, Panera Cares closed its last communist café, in Boston. In an emailed statement, Panera Bread says: “Despite our commitment to this mission, it’s become clear that continued operation of the Boston Panera Cares is no longer viable.”

In 2016, Panera went private after being sold to a private equity firm, JAB Holding Company in 2017 in a $7.5 billion deal. In November 2017, founder and CEO Ron Shaich stepped down and was replaced by former Panera president Blaine Hurst. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

(2) Canadian Basic Income

Not only is human nature such that we will take advantage of socialist/communist pricing like Panera’s “pay-what-you-can,” we will exact revenge if welfare offerings are withdrawn.

In Gibralta, the baboons and macaque monkeys that freely roam the rock are a big tourist attraction, and are fed by kind tourists. Alas, the simians became so used to the welfare that they feel entitled to the free food — they actually throw rocks at the tourists if they are not fed. Gibraltar’s tourism minister Ernest Britto said, “Children are frightened. People cannot leave their windows open for fear of the monkeys stealing. Monkeys can bite, and contact with them runs the risk of salmonella or hepatitis.”

Like the baboons of Gibralta, recipients of a basic income (BI) pilot project in Canada are enraged at the project’s surprise cancellation and are suing the government.

Tacey Lindeman reports for MSN, Feb. 4, 2019:

Members of an internationally lauded basic income pilot project in Canada are taking their province to court over its surprise cancellation, arguing that the Ontario government’s decision is unethical and that it was made in bad faith.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is Tracey Mechefske, a basic income recipient in Lindsay, Ont., who receives CDN $2,803 (US $2,125) a month although her husband is employed.

On February 14, 2019, in a unanimous decision, Ontario Superior court dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that “the pilot project is a government funding decision which does not give rise to individual rights enforceable on judicial review.”

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Hawkmoon

Socialism was created to destroy us

There is no morality to accepting extinction

https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2019/02/20/there-is-no-morality-to-accepting-extinction/

William
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William

At one time I ran a food bank as part of my job, to address “food insecurity”. Free food (USDA surplus, donations), all were welcome. None of them looked as though they had missed too many meals, most in fact were in various stages of obesity. One woman actually used to drive up every week in a BMW. When I mentioned it to her she said, “Well, it’s not new.” Poverty redefined: the inability to afford a new BMW

John J. Molloy
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John J. Molloy

Why in Dearborn, MI, the home of the hajis. No wonder they are closing there.

silhouette
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silhouette

The proof of the failure of socialism is everywhere but few seek the facts and even less believe them.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

While its semantic, I actually think we get this backward. The Communists (Marxists) CREATED what we call “liberalism” or highjacked it, you decide. Just like they “created” a civil rights movement out of a desire to use the alleged “victims” for their own ends. It is obvious from any angle that this cannot work. It can only “work” in an atmosphere of total repression and control and for only so long as the resources hold out. What it actually is is a return to monarchy without the responsibility. At least in classic monarchy a ruler OWED a responsibility to his/her… Read more »

Lophatt
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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

To the bonehead who gave this excellent article only “one star,” go soak your head in the toilet for five minutes until you are able to think more logically.

Arche N.
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Arche N.

Helped run a free kitchen in a major city some years ago. Food was donated, obtained and cooked by the community group’s volunteers. The group decided to shut the free kitchen down after a few years, however, because the original intent to help homeless, especially kids, had been subverted by a passel of “regulars” who simply went from one group/church’s free kitchen to another on the various days of the week (this was before elastic-use EBT cards); many of those “regulars” discovered and shared ways to “work the system” citywide. Ironically, some of the “regulars” would complain if the food… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I was certainly very happy to learn that those in the province of Ontario had their monies cut off. The lady who was getting over $2,000 a month, although she had a husband who was working . . . this just outraged me. She hardly appears to have missed a meal in her lifetime. Perhaps she just needs to find gainful employment. It is such an outrage that free-loaders such as these folks want to suck the life out of those who get up every day and go to work to earn a living. It is outrageous. What I am… Read more »

TrailDust
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I thank my parish priests for warning me about Communism when I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. If it were not for them, we might not have been alert.

And now, with public schools and colleges indoctrinating students into the cult of Karl Marx, we have an increasingly large number of menacing socialist voters.

Alma
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Alma

Socialism is the threshold to communism. God forbid we don’t become a socialist nation, socialism is slow to penetrate, if we allow it, it will make its presence by 2050’, when the roots take hold they are indestructible, communism is an opioid that destroyes the family institution, hate and power put brother against brother, destroyes dignity, and gives way to meaness just for pleasure. It took the USSR 1918 through 1991, Cuba 1959 still going, Venezuela 1998 to present, Nicaragua 1979 to present, people become slaves of the government, I know, what I’m telling here is the truth, I lived… Read more »