This may sound like a ridiculous question from a self-proclaimed Smart Person, but what is Socialism and why is it so freakin' scary to some people?
I've read the Wikipedia article which gives a lot of information and I understand the basic concept, but I can't seem to wrap my head around why this would be a bad thing. I need some input from people who actually paid attention in high school government & history classes.
Is it scary because it would take money from the rich with stronger skills in favor of allowing those with less advantages to realize their full potential (line from the article, not my words)? Is it scary because it's not worked so well in other societies and people are worried about bringing down the US? Or is it scary simply because it's different than what we're used to?
Please educate me. I'm asking this in all honesty, no tongue-in-cheek.