posted on May, 4 2009 @ 11:54 AM
OH, i love it....to show the dangers of socialism some guy recommends a fiction novel...thats great.
As to the question of any socialist countries where socialism seems to be doing fine....Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, many of western european
countries have forms of socialist democracies, and many of them have higher quality of life and standard of living than the US. ALL of them have
better education, healthcare, life expectancy and infant mortality rates, and most of them get a lot more from their work and are more productive per
hour than we are as well.
Now its true that most of our people believe that greed is the best motivator, as posted in "wealth of nations", but i would posit it that this
is because none of us has ever lived in a system or seen a system that is different, and therefore we assume ours is best. And it seems normal to us
since we are raised in a society where accumulation is the main marker of a successful life, and greed is upheld as the highest of virtues.
Unfortunately, in such a society, those at the time keep reaching for and attaining new heights of ambition and greed, and that includes trying to
wrest control of government in order to maintain their acquisitions in perpetuity.
What people dont realize is that humanities greatest potential, its CREATIVITY, is born not in greed, but in introspection, freedom, and peaceful
sparetime. In such things did einstein come up with most of his great works, in such ways were the beautiful architecture of the rennaissance
created, in such things did Michealangelo and davinci flourish. The discovery of DNA was made by a scientist while under the influence of '___', not
by the stock market.
While almost all systems we know today are based in greed, this was not the rule throughout history. There have been societies, tribes, and
groups who did not believe in possession historically, and often they attained high levels of personal development and spirituality, wisdom and
understanding. These however have all been supplanted in our society by self interest, so we have a position where our heros and leaders while having
much of money and greed, have little if any of wisdom, spirit, or understanding.
It is truly a blind person who can look at guns and bombs, at tanks and fighter jets, at the massive scandal and corruption, and the corporate
control that we have today, and say to himself "wow, what a wonderful system greed has engendered, look at all the development it has garnered us".
It got us a disobeyed order from a russian general away from complete nuclear annihilation in 1982.
In any sane world, as advances reduced the amount of work necessary to build a house, or grow a sheaf of wheat, the prices of both wheat and
houses would go down for everyone. But in our world of monopolistic oligarchy, as technology becomes better and better, instead of services becoming
cheaper the corporations price fix so that everybodies prices keep going up together. Only someone not being honest to themselves can look at the
above two paragraphs and say "greed is the best motivator for humankind". It is foolish to posit that there are no people out there who go out of
their way for love of their fellow man....lawyers who work pro bono, and doctors who do the same. Yes, there may be exponentially more who work for
gain....but i would suggest that perhaps this is because that is what the system we are in stresses from the day we are born, and just as a person
born in saudi arabia has no true choice but to be muslim, perhaps it takes a special person to grow out of the indoctrination of greed pressed on us
by our parents and our society...and perhaps that is the real "original sin" that we inherit from our parents.