A Michigan restaurateur decided to run his business as a socialist utopia and his brilliant business plan did nothing more than leave his employees out of work just as winter begins.
The food sucked, it was never on time, and the restaurant was always closing at the will of the collective.
The restaurateur, who wanted no competition between employees, did us a great service by showing how badly socialism fails.
A “Marxist” “collectivist” “worker-run” restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, closed its doors this week after customers complained that they could no longer tolerate the bizarre hours, high prices and long lines.
The Garden Diner and Cafe—previously known as the Bartertown Diner—featured a vegan, vegetarian and raw food menu that had met with significant national acclaim. But the restaurant’s business model, which did not allow for bosses or managers, promised a “living wage” to all employees and a strong union, did not allow the restaurant to make enough profit to stay in business.
“Worse still, while the food earned Bartertown a spot on VegNews’s “10 Hot New Vegan Restaurants” list, customers complained that it was almost impossible to get a meal at the diner.
People frequently noted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they waited more than 40 minutes for a sandwich—and that’s when the diner was even open. Because the employees set the shop’s hours by group decision, the restaurant opened and closed at random times, leaving potential sandwich buyers totally confused.
There are some basic rules of success that socialism deletes that will always make it fail. If there is no competition, there is no exceptionalism. No exceptionalism… the free market walks and you close your doors.
The free market also expects consistency. If you have the best food ever, but your customers never know when you will be closed, they will not frequent your establishment.
Did this guy not have any friends that told him he was nuts? Probably not. Liberals don’t listen too well anyway!
The purpose of socialism is to use government to make everything fair and equal by using government control. It works. But the standards fall to the bottom. With the restaurant, the standards of timeliness, quality, and service suffered.
With a country under socialism, it works as well. Everyone gets the same… nothing! The standard of living, the quality of living, and levels of success equal out…at the bottom of the barrel! See Cuba.
Let’s let Reagan explain:
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