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.
Most systems work well on paper and poorly in practice. Free market/capitalism isn't any better or worse than any other system. In my mind, the socialist model does the least amount of harm. I'm okay with that.
This is where I disagree. For the most part, history and current events prove otherwise.
France, greece, and spain are all in trouble economically because they are socialist.
wookie said:Most systems work well on paper and poorly in practice. Free market/capitalism isn't any better or worse than any other system. In my mind, the socialist model does the least amount of harm. I'm okay with that.
I look at so many people I've known, and I look at almost half of my former paycheck disappearing into taxes, and I get angry. These are not people I randomly see on the streets, but people I know well. One example: a couple with a daughter a few weeks younger than Moose. Neither parent works. This is by choice, because they have decided that they have a right to spend all their time with their child. The woman is pregnant again, also by choice. They are on every gov't assistance program imaginable and live quite well. They buy exotic produce I couldn't dream of wasting money on, then let it rot because they eat out three meals a day. I am not exaggerating, so people don't think that. The guy has loads of musical instruments, expensive ones, while my husband has been saving for years to replace his broken electric guitar, a hand-me-down from a relative. This is my husband, who I met because he was in a band, who is head of a registered non-profit that assists area musicians and organizations in need of help with their sound equipment. The woman gets angry at me for not "wanting the best for my son" by buying expensive, organic, fair trade, fancy toys that cost hundreds of dollars. She does. I go to their house, and I get so jealous...and in my mind, they're buying all these things with my money. My tax dollars, that I worked my butt off to earn while having to leave my beloved son in daycare. I know so many families like this.