There’s an odd, yet oddly popular, assertion going around that the great Santa Claus is actually a socialist. And I can see where that rumor might come from. After all, Santa’s M.O. is heading out every Christmas Eve so that all the good little boys and girls can wake up Christmas morning to a big pile of free toys. To a lot of people, that’s what socialism is – getting a big pile of free stuff. But if you look a little closer, you’d notice that Santa Claus is actually one of the greatest Capitalists who ever lived.
One of the biggest differences between socialism and capitalism is the subject of ownership. Socialism claims the means of production should be owned by the community (a.k.a. the government). Capitalism says that individuals should hold the means to production. (a.k.a. private ownership) If you know anything about Santa Claus, you’d know he owns his own workshop.
That’s right, Santa is a private owner with his own private toy factory. He also has an excellent Public Relations Department and a top-notch marketing department. He’s instantly recognizable thanks to his stylish red suit, hat, and beard. Even though he made a deal with the Christian God to score an immortality deal – his popularity hit mainstream. When people attacked and downplayed Christianity – Santa somehow avoided the backlash. He, much like Walt Disney, invested time into hitching his brand to childhood innocence. Something adults cherish as a commodity. So when people started moving away from religion, he still kept his jet-setting career. So he’s kind of like the Harrison Ford of religious icons.
Along with an entrepreneurial career that never dies – he’s also no stranger to the big screen. Santa Claus has been in dozens, if not hundreds, of movies. His brand is so good Hollywood uses it to promote their stuff. They consider it an honor just to utter his name – a name, by the way, that has essentially become common among the household. And who could forget the day Santa shook the world when made that classic deal with Coca-Cola?
But I realize what the people who buy into the silly socialist narrative might say. He might own his own factory, but he gives everything away for free. He’s fairly redistributing goods to the people.
Like I mentioned earlier, the only one who runs Santa’s workshop is Santa. He’s a private business owner. His factory isn’t owned by a community and he alone chooses who get a present.
“He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.”
I guess some people conveniently forget that Santa charges for his gifts. He sets the price and you don’t get one unless you pay it. It’s just that we don’t pay him with money. We pay him with kindness and generosity. We pay him by being good people. We pay him by making the world a better place. That’s why socialists don’t get presents.
Merry Christmas Everyone!