I Love Socialism
I don’t see the problem with a more socialist America. To me, socialism means equality and isn’t that what this country is based on anyway? The words socialism and communism have obtained a negative connotation. Some people believe that Hitler’s regime was socialist/communist or that Mussolini was a communist. The fact is, these leaders were the direct opposite of socialism and communism. They were fascist, and anti-communist. Their policies were aimed to form an elite, hierarchal ruling class that used violence as a method to suppress state opposition. Socialism and communism seek to do just the opposite. They are systems which reduce the hierarchal class structures in society, and make every citizen equal to the next. Socialism suggests that the means of production are not owned by private individuals, but by the state and therefore people as a whole. This means that society is run with equal power, cooperation in terms of the means of production, and shared decision making. It’s a system the promotes the good of all.
Marx advocated for socialism in his Communist Manifesto. He said that socialism was the first building block to communism. I agree with Marx in his assessment against capitalism. He said that capitalism was a system that alienated workers, essentially creating an impoverished class. In a capitalist society, prices of goods are no longer a function of use value, but of profit. Capitalists manage to take something from the worker and sell it for more. This is a form of exploitation and theft, because the worker is still making the same wage, while the capitalist is rolling in dough. Although it’s the worker’s labor that produced the good, the worker is in poverty while the capitalist is rich from profit.
This system of exploitation can be seen in today’s society, with roughly 15% (44 million) of Americans living below the poverty line. A single mother can work three jobs to stay afloat. The son of a wealthy business owner, whose father just retired and gave the company to him, can sit at his desk and boss people around and do none of the work but get all of the pay. That son can go to a prestigious private school and weasel his way into an ivy league university just because of the money attached to his name. The single mother can’t go to college because she doesn’t have enough money. She can’t get good healthcare or dental care for her family. She is forced to live in a small house in a bad part of town and send her kids to a school which is poorly staffed and poorly funded.
Socialism would get rid of monopolies by big companies and would end unfair wages for more strenuous jobs. Each worker would get a fair wage for his or her work. Health care and education would be equally available for each person. A more socialist economy would lessen the amount of poverty in America. There would be no one living on the streets. There would be no starvation or lack of shelter. People would be able to get an equal education and live with the same comforts as any other citizen. And socialism is bad?
“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporality embarrassed millionaires.”
— John Steinbeck
What do you think?