No surprise here…
The game was simple enough. Each participant was asked to throw a die 40 times and record each roll on a piece of paper. A higher overall tally earned a bigger payoff. Before each roll, players had to commit themselves to write down the number that was on either the top or the bottom side of the die. However, they did not have to tell anyone which side they had chosen, which made it easy to cheat by rolling the die first and then pretending that they had selected the side with the highest number. If they picked the top and then rolled a two, for example, they would have an incentive to claim—falsely—that they had chosen the bottom, which would be a five.
Honest participants would be expected to roll ones, twos and threes as often as fours, fives and sixes. But that did not happen: the sheets handed in had a suspiciously large share of high numbers, suggesting many players had cheated.
After finishing the game, the players had to fill in a form that asked their age and the part of Germany where they had lived in different decades. The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They also looked at how much time people had spent in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The longer the participants had been exposed to socialism, the greater the likelihood that they would claim improbable numbers of high rolls.
In socialist dictatorships, the game is rigged against you. You quickly learn that you either lie, cheat and steal or you lose. If the rules of the game are designed so that fair play results in certain loss, we would all cheat.
If playing by the rules means standing in a long line to get bread at a government store only to discover, nine times out of ten, that the bread is gone before you reach the counter, you will not let your children go hungry. You will cheat and buy bread on the black market.
If playing by the rules means living in a one room flat and waiting five years to get an apartment large enough for your family, you will bribe the housing authority officer.
Socialism corrupts not because it makes people immoral, it corrupts because the rules of socialism reward corruption.
As you think about that, think about this: VA wait lists, Obamacare health care rationing, government subsidies, food stamps, education grants, etc. How will Americans react to “if you like your plan you can keep your plan”?
We are being set up for a corrupt, cheating culture.