Disclaimer: this post contains strong language.
Well, a strong word.
But used several times.
The good thing is this discussion about “socialism-smoshiolism” v. “capitalism-smashiolism” eventually will help some people get a better understanding of how economy works.
Plain and simple.
All socialist reformers always forget that their ideas are going to be brought into practice by flesh-and-blood people. Every "socialist" in reality is a utopia-ist - a person who believes in a utopia, in fact, in a specific utopia - a society where everyone is smart, educated and absolutely honest. In that utopia, as long as people discussed and adopted (agreed on) a rule or a law - immediately EVERYONE begins to follow that rule or law to a letter. It means one simple fact - socialists or other utopia-ists have no idea about human psychology governing the actual current society with its jails, police, etc..
Not everyone can become the President ("The Biggest Lie Of Humanity"); not everyone wants that, but everyone wants to have some bread and to watch some circus. People behave according to the Maslow hierarchy, not according to the Golden Rule. Ignore this fact and you will destroy a country or
create a dictatorship.
Socialism makes a few people essentially be the owners of the “property of the people”. How blind one needs to be NOT to see that?
The can't even sell their own ideas. For example, to promote the idea of basic income they say to people: "You are useless - for our economy, but we do not want you to starve to death, so we will give you some money just because" (figuratively speaking, using some exaggeration, but true in its essence).
But if working hard is a natural human condition, then successful people are successful just because of their good luck ("A Curious Case Of a Risky Entrepreneur"). They were lucky to get good healthy genes. There were lucky to meet a person (at least one) who impressed them, who influenced strongly their aptitudes (maybe it was a face-to-face interaction with a parent, a friend, a teacher, maybe it was a book or a movie character, maybe it was someone from the Internet). They also were lucky to meet a person who believed in them, who trusted in their ideas and abilities. All that good luck is basically “be at the right place at the right time” and be smart enough (due to genes, culture) to recognize the opportunity and act on it.
The strongest feature of capitalism is competition. When the filed is leveled, when the competition if fair, everybody wins. One of the problem with current capitalism - it suffocates competition: the markets are divided between super-huge corporations. To deal with this problem a country needs a strong and smart government.
There is NO rule that would say that the government cannot compete with the private sector. The goverment has enough resources to take on any monopoly. We live in the new economic era - when few monopolies rules all the markets. In this era the goverment needs to play a new role.
The role of the government is not just making the rules/laws that a fair for all.
The goverment has to enter the "game", it needs to create economic structures that could compete with existing monopolies.
Some on on this in
A word to Senator Sanders, and other anti-Trump warriors
NB: "An idiot" is not a swear word, it is being used in its clinical meaning. From The Degradation of The White Male American Elite (I advise to read this post, too, and other linked in it).
Well, to stress my frustration with the actions of current politicians on both sides of the political aisle. Because the actions of the current politicians will greatly affect my own living 15-20 years from now, and most probably, in a negative way (I have another post on this matter "Ignoring sloppiness: a sign of tolerance or mismanagement?"). Plus, I write for people who can hold their emotions in check. People whose emotions override their reasoning do not matter in politics because they are easily manipulated (an old Russian saying goes "Call me a pot, if it makes you feel better, just don't put me in an oven").
P.S. Maybe America is ready to an economic state that could be called "socialism" - in certain sense (e.g. read A word to Senator Sanders, and other anti-Trump warriors.
Most Americans are NOT ready to live in a society called "socialism". that is just a fact. And calling themselves "socialists" to push for progressive agenda is simply not smart.
But not smart.
And, BTW, Donald Trump knows that very well.
A truly smart politician would not use to describe himself/herself a term which would impede his/her political agenda, because the majority of voters would not accept that term - not a politician, but the term! The fact that progressives still keep calling themselves "socialists" is a clear proof that they are not smart politicians.
Appendix I: An example of an ordinary thinking.
Donald Trump is a racist, a misogynist, a bigot, and a white supremacist. But he has never really tried to hide it, hasn't he?
So the question is redundant, rhetorical, basically meaningless, because the answer is simple - that is who Donald Trump is.
So, why ask such a question?
This is how I see it.
The author, the editor, many readers, have a rather comfortable life, good job, family, friends. And the only splinter in his/her eye is Donald Trump. The President is not a nice person. If only the President of his/her Country looked good, was nice, polite and educated, if only he was a good person, the whole life would have been just peachy. There would be no more problems in the life of the author, the editor, many readers.
So, why asking difficult question, like why did Donald Trump become the President, what social and economic events have led to it, what are the political and economic perspectives for the Country, and what to do about them?
P.S. A comment on a recent attack on Chelsea Clinton.
Yep. And don't be the one.
Appendix II: Some Further Reading