The 4 Stages of Socialist* Failure
1. Socialists* promise free stuff.
2. Socialists* gain control based on these promises.
3. Socialists* use force and falsehoods when these promises cannot be fulfilled.
4. When it inevitably fails, Socialists* parrot the ‘it wasn’t really Socialism** lie’ and start over with promises for free stuff with a new name.
*[or a synonym of thereof] Bolshevists, Castroists, Chavistas, Communists, Collectivists, Democratic Socialists, Fabianists, Fascists, Leftists, Leninists, Maoists, Marxists, Marxist-Leninists, National Socialists, Progressives, Project X advocates, Rule of the proletariat advocates, Social justice warriors, Stalinists, Statists, State ownership advocates, Totalitarianists, Trotskyists, Utopian Socialists, etc. etc.
** Or one of the multitude of synonyms for essentially the same concept.