July 23, 2007

THE THOUGHT OCCURS...:

Socialism - what is it? (Zain Sardar, 23 July 2007, New Statesman)

Socialism, for me, is not merely a socio-economic/political system, but way of looking at the world. [...]

Its main conceptual principles correspond to this; equality, cooperation and community. Socialism, a primarily egalitarian system, has as its central point equality of outcome. We all require certain basic material things in life- food, a home to live in, clothes...etc, and these things should be had by everyone. Hence, if people had the basic needs that human beings require at least to live a reasonably comfortable existence, the gap between the rich and poor would be greatly reduced. To push up the standard of living of those in utmost poverty (by ensuring they have basic needs); money needs to come from somewhere; one of the most popular forms is through a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor.


....that, to a socialist, you are "greedy" if you want to keep what you worked for, but not if you want to force someone to give you what they've worked for. That may do more violence to the normal definition than is even done to "cooperation."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 23, 2007 10:06 PM
Comments

Socialism is an excuse that narcissists use when they're atheists.

Posted by: ras at July 23, 2007 11:27 PM

I was invited to speak to a group of College Republicans on the topic of "What is wrong with Socialism."

My speech revolved around the following concept. There is nothing wrong with socialism as long as you realize that it is closer to a religion than to an economic system.

Socialism is a religion, and Capitalism is a force of nature.

Posted by: Bruno at July 24, 2007 8:25 AM

You were, of course, entirely wrong. As a false religion there would be quite a bit wrong with it.

Posted by: oj at July 24, 2007 7:43 PM

Is it more correct to say socialism is a [ridiculously poor] substitute for religion?

Socialism's problem is a complete lack of any higher authority than selfishness and victimization, making it the polar opposite to what Jesus taught: selflessness and charity.

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 24, 2007 8:41 PM
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