Socialism Is…

People say some stupid shit on the internet.

I realize I’m not necessarily exempt from that but when I read a comment from someone saying “socialists are nothing like communists, just because the word sounds the same doesn’t mean they are” I can’t help but cringe. No, they’re not the same, but here’s the thing. They’re very closely related, and it has nothing to do with their phonetic similarities; it’s silly to imply they’re not.

Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. // (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.

Essentially, socialism is a middle ground between capitalism and communism. So if you’re a socialist in a capitalist society (or at least one that aspires to capitalism), it’s not unreasonable for someone to call you a communist. It’s not hard to figure out why they would. When you’re living in a capitalist society, socialist moves in legislation and policies are moves toward communism.

Do I really need to say more? I mean hell, the definition pretty much speaks for itself.

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9 thoughts on “Socialism Is…

  1. I´m from Spain, and we have been governed by the Socialist Party over 30 years of our immature democracy( started in 1975 after the death of a military fascist regime) and socialism and communism are basically the same. And socialism does not work in a capitalist society. Here in Spain over 50% of our gross domestic product goes to pensions, you name it, pensions for everything you can name, for affordable housing, for people out of work, for people with disabilities, for people who have been out of work for over 2 years and they are no longer elegible to get they´re check for not working then they give you another check after that, and who pays for this? You could say the rich, but only the rich paying is not enough to sustain so many people, so it trickles down to the middle class which the taxes here go up the roof, they actually tax you if you fart I believe. Which means you destroy the middle class. It is just a proven fact that socialism does not work. You can´t have equality in a society for the society as a whole to function and be a great nation. Inevitably there has to be a gap of inequality, if not there will be and there is here more inequality with the socialist policies than if there was other type of more moderate policies like not spending all the money they get in taxing my behind off in all kinds of stupid and not proficient programs. So no wonder we are broke, it´s simple math. If you have less people paying into the system and much much more people taking out that money out of the system eventually the system is broke, you can´t spend what you don´t have, that simple. I don´t do it in my day to day life, if not I´d be sleeping on a bench, which I have I might add.

    The socialist system is designed to what I call to create a “parasite society”, meaning that people look up to the government, rely on the government to solve their problems. Little by little that mentality sets in, and when it does, it´s incredible difficult to change and then people look around thinking why didn´t they get that paycheck from the government to help them pay for the house and now their on the street. As I said, it´s designed for them to be and stay in power as long as they can, they control the banks, the banks obviously are in their pockets since from the bank´s perspective if they don´t play along with the socialist government the government is going to make their life miserable and that is normally using the IRS, same happens with small businesses.

    Just my take,of what I see and have lived and still I´m living it.

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    • Well I don’t live in a socialist state (yet), at least not that the U.S. will admit, but I pretty much agree with all of what you’re saying. There has to be inequality, there has to be hunger for more, and there has to be social mobility.

      People forget, in order to move up and down on the economic ladder, there’s gotta be a bottom rung. It might be shitty to be down there, but governments should concern themselves with creating opportunities for people down there to raise themselves up, and maybe preventing people higher up from stepping on them to much, but the government shouldn’t be taking care of or babying them. I ought to know since I’m technically one of them (fairly low financial status, that is).

      To give an example, I’m pretty sure I qualify for medicare (payed for by the taxpayers). I’m also *supposed* to sign up for that since everyone is technically “required” to have health insurance, but I haven’t yet. I don’t plan to. I don’t want it. I don’t want other people paying for my healthcare. It’s not their problem, it *shouldn’t* be their problem.

      That kind of crap is, well, it’s exactly like you said, it tends to create a parasitic society.

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      • I couldn´t agree with you more. I´m also lets say not in great economic shape, but I like waking up in the morning, even if some or a lot of mornings sucks to wake up to do a crappy job here and there for very low pay. But in the end, I can look at myself in the mirror, and say I have earned this by myslef working my butt off and I have my money to pay rent, food, e.t.c. and something saved at the end of the month. Self reliance for me is key, as a man, to keep me motivated and functioning.

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  2. I think the real problem is that socialism has been tinged by revolutionary history, and it’s had a pretty ugly one… But partly down to CIA messing things up, and also down to the evils of man. As always it’s been white affluent males who have made the history books in socialism! Compare Allende to Stalin… Quite a difference, but apparently similar philosophies? Most people don’t think in terms of big terms and wings in any case.

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    • Maybe, but I tend to think that socialism (and communism) just don’t work. It’s been tried and it fails. More than that though, even if it could function long-term, it runs counter to personal freedom, to personal responsibility, to a lot of extremely important values. Especially for Americans since those are things we claim to believe in.

      To some extent socialist policies are unavoidable. Certain key pieces of a nations infrastructure are more manageable, more coherent from one side of a country to the next, more consistent, when they’re paid for by taxpayers and managed/overseen by the government. But imo it needs to be tempered. Inevitably, I think, it grows and grows.

      And like any plant, shrub, or tree that likes to grow, sometimes the trimming needs to be drastic. Severe. Periodic. In any case though, haha, thank for reading and commenting 🙂 .

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