Socialism Does Not Account For Human Nature
Why don’t we use proper definitions of words instead of cultural buzzwords? To wit, from Dictionary.com:
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Which of the nations you cite vests ownership, means of production, distribution of capital, and land to the community?
That’s correct: None of them.
One more example of either ignorance or unwillingness to use empirical data.
AND, let us not forget the point concerning Russia: they did not practice socialism, they went all the way to instant failure, in communism. Please refer to definition number three.
Only when people have opportunities can they build success. There is no success in a socialist platform where all are expected to contribute equally. no individual opportunites exist in socialism. In reality there are takers and workers. Since we will always have human nature at the base of our societies, it is best to acknowledge human nature instead of engaging in the folly of trying to change it. Also, by its nature, socialism does not eliminate the ruling class or wealth distribution. In theory it does, but its theory fails to recognize basic human nature.
When a person rails on about wanting socialism, I always ask: “Great, are you willing to start work now, taking only an equal share? Are you willing at the onset, to contribute ALL you have, own and possess to ‘the cause?’
Socialism demands both of these, and I really don’t see liberals willing to act on its true principles.
My basis for reason is fact, not fancy or folly — and that excludes the socialist dream.
Now we need to look squarely at the “Socialist” dream you cite in Denmark. Contrary to your post, there is no minimum income in Denmark. Minimum wage, yes — minimum income, no. Take a glance at the table below:
Consumer Prices in Denmark are 23.90% higher than USA
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Denmark are 13.38% higher than USA
Rent Prices in Denmark are 8.15% lower than USA
Restaurant Prices in Denmark are 56.49% higher than USA
Groceries Prices in Denmark are 4.97% lower than in USA
Local Purchasing Power in Denmark is 17.21% lower than in United States
Price per Square Foot to Buy Apartment 132.91% higher than United States
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6.31% lower than United States
Last Update: December 2017
Data from past:18 months
These are the facts about Denmark. Once again, we need to deal with empirical facts, not dreams, nightmares or wishes.
I am still waiting for ANYONE to cite a SOCIALIST society at anytime in history that has succeeded. Please don’t cite this nation or that, and state that if they had only done X, it would work.
Words have meaning, and the meaning of Socialism is failure.