Yes, I am aware that the titles of many of my blog posts protect them from being read. See above.
Traditional philosophy (a term meaning classical or, well, old time) holds one must know the intended function of a thing (its purpose, as it were) in order to determine if said thing is good or bad. Before we pass judgement on a widget, we need to know the intended purpose of the widget. Then we can determine if it is good or bad.
The intended purpose of the economic system called Socialism can be historically defined as the intention of a centralized governmental system to collectivize private property in order to assure all persons share equally. The system has has been tried, over and over again, but has yet to prove helpful for any number of persons for any length of time.
Imagine the old Soviet Union. Workers there used to say, “We pretend to work. The government pretends to pay us.”
Marxist-Leninism led to the Revolution of 1917. Stalinism led to millions of murders of Soviet citizens. Eventually, the wall came down and the people ran out as fast as they could go.
I will not worry about taking you to Venezuela.
I will take a moment to point out this fact; the soon to be martyred demonstrators in the Hong Kong airport are carrying American flags and crying for democracy, by which they seem to mean self-determination.
So, I will make this point, and for all who are still reading, after my title (both of you, thanks), here is a salient point about Socialism. Socialism has never been tried anywhere, for any length of time, where it was not forced on the population. The party had its dachas. The people had bread lines.
Socialism collectivizes, colonizes, collides. Socialism is not benevolent or good or kind or compassionate. None of those things is the purpose of Socialism, so at least judge it by its historic purpose.
Capitalism persuades. Give any people anywhere the right to make their own way on a mostly level playing field over a powerful central authority deciding if their child gets health care today, tomorrow or never. See what they choose.