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What's wrong with socialism?

Please don't make this an Obama bashing post. What is bad about socialism?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:26 AM on May. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It doesn't work. Literally!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:27 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • It looks great on paper. Everyone works to the best of their ability and everyone equally shares in the fruits of everyone's labor. In THEORY, that's lovely.

    But, as LoriKeet said, it doesn't work.

    Problems occur when you realize that someone needs to be in charge to make sure that everyone is working and that everyone is getting his or her equal share. Then what do you do when someone doesn't work? Does he still get his share? How do you divide the jobs? By ability? By rotation? How do you ensure that the jobs are done equally well? How do you deal with laziness? Illness? Greediness? Etc?

    There are so many variables that in REALITY, socialism just doesn't work. You can look at societies in world history to see that it's true. People work better when they can keep the fruits of their own labor and decide what to do with them for themselves.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 7:40 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • No matter how you slice it... Eventually, the wealth runs out. There is no way to redistribute nothing to be equal to something.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:40 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • Because it doesn't reward an individual's hard work and initiative. Someone else can be lazy and get the exact same amount as that hard worker - it's not fair!
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 7:42 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • It's an impossible system built on outdated ideals and inspired by conditions that no longer exist.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:58 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • Dunno, look at Europe. Most European countries are to one degree or another socialist (Netherlands area more so) and yet they have been functioning for centuries. Americans just don't fully understand it and think that charity is a bad thing basically.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:14 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • by: LoriKeet
    It doesn't work. Literally!


    OMG!  I almost sprayed my computer with coffee.  LMAO!

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 8:17 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • Greece is an example of what's wrong with it. People there are protesting the government making necessary cuts to keep the country viable. They will lose some of the entitlements they're used to and it's gotten violent.

    Nothing is more discouraging than working hard and having the government take over half of what you've earned. You take money from the wealthy and they have less to spend which in turn means they don't hire people or let people go. Those wealthy people own businesses. This is why I dislike the term "working families". Wealthy people work hard too and to exclude them because they've been successful seems unfair.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 8:18 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • Most European countries are to one degree or another socialist (Netherlands area more so) and yet they have been functioning for centuries. Americans just don't fully understand it and think that charity is a bad thing basically.


    Compare the size of the Netherlands to that of the United States. The United States cannot even financially manage the social programs they currently have in place. Charity is a WONDERFUL thing... Mandated giving to bureaucrats who then redistribute to areas THEY deem important is NOT a good thing..

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:23 AM on May. 13, 2010

  • Dunno, look at Europe. Most European countries are to one degree or another socialist (Netherlands area more so) and yet they have been functioning for centuries. Americans just don't fully understand it and think that charity is a bad thing basically.

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    Most European countries were monarchies until very recently, with a nobility owning EVERYTHING and everyone else being commoners. Not exactly socialism, lol. It's only in the 1900's that socialism started gaining ground. And it hasn't been very successful. It requires a lot of government control to keep people in line. And if people really liked working hard to have their earnings given to people who don't work as hard, it wouldn't take so much control (read taxes and entitlement programs) to keep them in line, would it?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:52 AM on May. 13, 2010

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