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The Misjudgement of Socialism

11 Nov

First off let’s start with a definition.

Socialism: An economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production. Also a political philosophy advocating such a  system.

Let us take a deeper look at this, because socialism is a very broad term. In economics the original idea was to produce goods and services for their use-value. The goal of this system is for physical units to be produced for use, rather than profit. Which means goods are produced based on usefulness rather than the exchange-value (price). Now we have the political theory of socialism. There’s quite a few terms within this, Anarchism, Leninism, religious socialism, but I will focus on Libertarian Socialism. This term describes a non-bureaucratic society without a private business sector. This form of socialism is highly anti-capitalist. The goal of this theory is to distribute power among the people to promote equality and freedom.

Now that things have been cleared up, we can start on the issue of “Entitlements” and how it is assumed socialists believe they are “entitled” to everything. I believe in Political Socialism, while I am not partial to Economic Socialism. The reason being I know a country could not survive solely on socialism; the economy would more than likely fail. Having some sort of private business sector, regulated and free of greed, would keep the economy afloat without compromising socialist political values. I do not believe that socialism means handouts to those who don’t deserve it while others work for the benefit of them. Socialism is for the benefit of everyone. It is crucial to understand that socialism is not communism where everyone regulated within an inch of their lives; but higher taxes for a stronger social security net.

If the people who have been attacking me lately knew what I stood for, maybe they would realise how utterly idiotic they sound. People believe that I think I do not need to lift a finger, and that everything will be done for me… For us socialists. This is a ridiculous notion and highly untrue. I never believed I was entitled to food or money when my mother was not being paid well. I did not think I deserved to take other people’s food because I was starving. However I was very thankful for the food bank which fed my mom and myself while she got on her feet. I never came to close to thinking or saying “Hey, we live in someone elses basement and do not have a high income, so we should be entitled to welfare and free food.” Keep in mind, I was also just a kid. I highly doubt I even understood the term “government hand-outs” but I was smart enough to realize without the food bank and the kindness of the people we lived with, I would have never survived. The way things were when I was younger could quite possibly be the reason for my political beliefs now. Everyone deserves to have the basic needs met; food, water, and a bed to sleep on. I work for the things I own, I do not want handouts, because there is no better feeling than working for something that you really want, and achieving the goal. But the resources should still be there, because in reality, there are economic busts. We don’t live in a perfect world and people need help. I’ve received this help before, many people across the world are right now.

It’s been quite tiresome hearing the “insults” that involve the word entitled. If you want to attack my beliefs at least do it with facts and proof, if you want to attack me, think about yourself first. Think about what things you might have been through, think about things people you know and love have been through. Discussing ideas and opposing viewpoints is quite interesting, and a lot more productive than launching attacks.

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