posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:53 PM
i hate to sound like an asshole but everyone who has posted thus far on this thread has shown one of three things:
a) incredible ignorance in understanding economic concepts.
b) unwillingness to even attempt to understand economic concepts.
c) some mixture of both of the above.
arguments so far in here have boiled down to:
1) socialism is government taking from the rich and giving to the poor which doesn't work.
2) socialism can be seen in the Scandinavian countries/Obama administration's model and it does work.
i do not understand why every American election year opinions seem to become so ignorant and simple and end up boiling down to these two options and
nothing else. it is simply incredible to me.
as to the insinuation that socialism has never been successful, here are some examples of socialism, on a business level (just to show that it has
NOTHING to do with politics), community level, regional level, and even national level. these examples have, for the most part, been prosperous, with
the larger scale examples lasting for short periods due to outside force and with many of the smaller examples, such as the worker cooperatives, being
empirically (based on nearly a century of research) superior to their capitalist counterparts in almost every aspect of economic performance:
The Mondragon Cooperatives
a film about Argentinian Workers' Self-Management
Anarchist (Libertarian Socialist) Societies/Communities
The Israeli Kibbutzim
edit on 3/21/2012 by eboyd because: (no reason given)