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The Move Towards Socialism

December 7, 2010

From the examples of Communism and Socialism in the world it has showed that Marx’s Communism could never work. When the Bolsheviks of the Soviet Union were in power only ten percent of the population was actually apart of the party. The reason they stayed in power is that this ten percent ruled with an iron first and wouldn’t allow anybody to challenge their authority. How could a system of government like this actually rule when its main source of power is its use of force? This makes no sense then, that this fear after World War I that Capitalism would eventually be taken over by a sort of Socialist or Communist government like Marx and Engel thought would happen. However, Capitalism isn’t the answer and the United States hasn’t been a true Capitalist society ever since the 16th amendment of the United States Constitution was added which states,

“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes.”

In 1913 this amendment was passed to create more income for the government. This fear of turning into a Socialist society is a true fear, and I believe we have to make sure this doesn’t happen, but I do believe the best form of government would be a Capitalist government with some sort of influence of Communist ideas. I believe this is the type of government we have today though in the United States with its high income tax. The first income tax was 2% of every person’s income. Today though income tax is based on how much revenue or income a person makes and there are two reasons for this, one to create more money for the government, but also to redistribute wealth more evenly among the masses. This idea sounds like a very communist or socialist belief that, that wealth should be redistributed and the government taking a huge chunk. Income tax today is somewhere between 15% and 35% based on income, but income tax once reached 42% for those making more then about $300,00. This seems that the United States is making a bigger and bigger move towards Communism.  Yet, with the amount of money it takes to run this country and being the only remaining super power almost seems necessary to have these huge taxes. It seems the United States has made that move towards a mixture of Capitalism and Communism or Socialism as a necessary economic and political system that will best suit the needs our country has. I do believe we need to monitor how much taxation is put upon Americans because The United States and its citizens don’t want to turn into a complete Communist state because we have seen that time and time again on the eastern block and the Soviet Union this type of government often crumbles and collapses into dissolution. A mixture isn’t bad, but I believe that the United States needs to remain a mostly Capitalist state, but allow a small part of Communist ideas to redistribute wealth a bit so the money gap doesn’t grow between the classes. I do believe that taxation should narrow a bit, because why should the wealthy be taxed more for their success. These ideas are being applied today, but need to be watched so we don’t go overboard on Communist ideas. The wealthy should obviously be taxed more, but should never exceed more than 40% of ones income federally and no state income tax should allow their income tax to exceed 10% it seems absurd that half of someone’s money should go to the government, I know the need for money in our governmental systems, but people work hard for their money and should be able to keep it. This is why I think we need to monitor how much Communist ideals we truly exhibit. The United States is making a move towards Communism, which isn’t awful, and I do believe a mixture of Communism and Capitalism is needed, but it needs to be monitored, so the government doesn’t end up being more like Communist Russia than upstart United States Capitalism.



  1. Zach Kudman permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:45 PM

    I agree with your claim that there needs to be a certain compromise between socialist and capitalist ideals. I feel that the Nordic/Scandinavian countries are a good example to base a model off of. They provide a comprehensive social safety net for their citizens while also maintaining reasonably competitive economies in the world market.
    It certainly appears as if the United States is moving closer to “socialist” policies than in the past but I think that it is important to realize that true “socialism” as Marx describes is much more radical than anything the United States government or the Obama Administration is advocating for. Also, these sort of policy initiatives are liable to swing back and forth as left-wing and right-wing presidents are elected.

  2. yequan permalink
    December 7, 2010 10:17 PM

    The redistribution of wealth is so sensitive that people who work hard prefer to keep their money. On the other side, federal government really need to tax wealthy people for its own income. I agree with the writer, it seems that the United States is transferring to a combination of capitalism and socialism. I have heard some of my friends worry about this change. It is obvious to recall that both Russia and China suffered from communism 20-30 years ago, and we do not want America fall into chaos like Russia and China did before.

  3. seangordon permalink
    December 7, 2010 11:29 PM

    This is a good post. Like the poster above me said, of course viewpoints are going to differ depending on one’s economic status/outlook on politics and economics. I could understand that I personally worked hard for something that I deserve a right to it. However, the other side of the spectrum where people who have “more money than they know what to do with” should be taxed for the betterment of society. I think many Americans would be weary or scared to say we were becoming a socialist nation, however, it certainly seems possible to an extent.

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