Scurrilous Socialism I recently entered an ideological joust with a young lady, on a platform not inclined for discussions of that nature. Without relying too much on what was said in our repartee, I should like to present my defense for the voluntary capitalistic system over that of a communal socialist fashion. My goal is not to collate an exhaustive compendium on the matter; I will attempt to avoid protean statistics and utilize reason and evoke moral virtue. .
Though the more pedantic among will undoubtedly argue the distinction(s), many proponents have agreed there is trivial difference between Socialism and Communism. Nikita Khrushchev: “We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find that they have communism.
Though communism did by no means originate in the mind of Karl Marx, many notable French philosophers wrote similar ideas amidst the French revolution, Fourier even having penned the phrase communism, Marx’s work regarding the dialectic and cultural determinism stands out. To synopsize that idea which thinkers of antiquity like Kierkegaard and Hegel gave so much thought, humanity is juxtaposed between two ideas; the thesis and antithesis, either one wins out or more often the two merge into an amalgam, the process then repeats Ad Infinitum.
My main contention with socialism isn’t that the system is ineffective, though I do believe that is the case, my issue is that said system is oppressive in that it compulsorily requires people to subsidize it. Socialism is predicated on effort of the individual directed towards the needs and betterment of society. In this sense, the individual owes a debt to society, who in turn provides for aforementioned individual. Many people might draw a comparison to American education system: people living within the requisite proximity of a school who pay a land tax apportion part of that funding to the school district, this education betters the whole society. Without delving into the politics of why I dissent government having an apparent monopoly on education, this example can illustrate the point of compulsory cooperation. The greater good being the driving factor of this ideology,
“The bad moral value of force triumphs over good intensions.” –Milton Friedman