Sorry Kids, Socialism is Idealistic, Not Realistic
Politics and Activism

Sorry Kids, Socialism Is Idealistic, Not Realistic

If you don't trust your government now, why the hell would you want to give it more power?


Socialism is defined by Marrium Webster as "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods". Karl Marx described it as a transitional period between the fall of capitalism and the realization of communism in his infamous 'Communist Manifesto'. And I'm not going to lie, the idea of socialism sounds great, the people owning the means of production, and everything is shared equally to everyone, it sounds great right? While this sounds like a perfect world, you have to remember, we don't live in a perfect world.

What socialism does not account for is the flaw of humanity. Look at literally every country that has implemented socialism, it has NEVER worked. And if you need an example of what I'm talking about, look at Venezuela, Russia, Greece, and of course, Nazi Germany (yes, the Nazi Party is a socialist movement). Do you remember how all those turned out? The government taking full control and the people end up starved or worse. The same people who advocate for this turn from capitalism to socialism are the same ones who are being extorted and murdered by corrupt governments. If you don't trust your government now, why the hell would you want to give it more power?

And before you go off on me saying that I'm just verbal vomiting a Charlie Kirk or Ben Shapiro lecture, I agree that there are flaws in the capitalist system. There have been historical problems with corrupt corporations who have exploited their workers, but for the most part, those things have changed. We have workers unions, pensions, retirement plan, employer-provided insurance, the workplace is not the same as it was in the 20's and 30's.

Let's talk about what socialism really is. Socialism is the idea that everyone gets an equal portion, regardless of how much they contribute to it. Socialism takes away private property rights and gives an insane amount of power to government as the transition to communism begins. Now I know what some people may be saying "Well socialism works in the Nordic countries". Sorry Bernie, but they're not socialist. The government has no interference in business and there is a free market in the choice of schools. They are able to fund their universal healthcare and affordable schooling because they had a booming economy before they made this "transition" and of course because their taxes are very high.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Pol Pot rose to power in Cambodia to establish an "agrarian socialist utopia". Apparently, this meant committing mass genocide and murdering a quarter of his population? But Cuba worked out right? Oh, wait... nevermind. At least Venezuela's going strong right? Wait, you mean that people are starving and rioting?

You know what you do when a car isn't selling? You stop manufacturing it. Socialism was an idea that has failed over and over again, and it will only continue to do so.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

I was never really big on cocktails. Tequila soda is always a go-to drink for me because of its simplicity and, to be honest, lack of extra calories from mixers chock-full of sugar, chemicals, and other unknown ingredients. I like tequila, and like to be able to really savor it.

This all changed when, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine made me a margarita from scratch — no funky mixers involved — and it tasted incredible. It was light, refreshing, and complemented the tequila without overpowering it.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was blessed with thick, full hair up until my late teens. At the time, I cursed my hairiness — this was before full eyebrows became trendy or cool, and were instead a point of bullying many of my fellow full-browed teens can relate to.

Later in my 20s, hormonal stability was something I was thankful for, though a major side effect ended up being hair loss — on my head, lashes, and brows. I now find my filling in my brows on an almost daily basis. As much as I enjoy toying with and testing out different brow-filling products, it'll never be quite the same as being able to have "I woke up like this" full, Gigi Hadid-esque brows.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, A Reminder We Need Even More In Quarantine

You're going through something brand new — that's worth talking about.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This isn't new to 2020, but oh man, if we ever needed a reminder about the importance of mental health, now is the time. With different states all over the place in regard to stay-at-home orders, phased reopenings, and a "new normal," we're experiencing conflict, fear, changes, and unknowns that can easily trigger mental struggles we already have or spark feelings we've never had before. Yes, May is always Mental Health Awareness Month, but in quarantine, that need for positive mental health is taken to a whole new level.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone is LOVING "Outer Banks," as you've probably heard. And if you haven't caught the hype for the show yet, these articles will definitely give you a taste of what you're missing.

If you already have seen and fallen in love with the teen heartthrob crew, you need to get on board with some of these theories for season two!

Keep Reading... Show less

These 11 Face Masks On Etsy Support Small Businesses While Fighting The Spread Of Coronavirus

We're staying safe as states start lifting lockdown guidelines.

I, like most people who have had the luxury of being able to stay at home during this time, haven't spent much time outdoors at all. But when I do brave the great outdoors for a walk or to get to the grocery store, you won't find me without a mask.

My family and I were lucky enough to have family friends who were sewing some and had extras to give to us, but most of my friends and loved ones outside my immediate family have had to order some (or make a makeshift one out of scarves or bandanas).

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Reasons We're Using Quarantine As The Ultimate Excuse For Online Shopping This Month

The one thing we haven't distanced from is our bank account.

Throughout quarantine, I've been FaceTiming most of my friends in a full turtleneck or the go-to cozy sweater I keep wrapped around the chair in my room. Either way, I always have tea in my hands to keep myself warm — till this past week.

For most of the country who hasn't had the luck of quarantining in 90-degree weather on their family's lake house or with a backyard pool, things began to change this month. Our favorite shows came out with summer seasons, the sun came out, and we started spending more time outside.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments