Monday, October 24, 2016
Socialism: Economic Idealism
Socialism is a beautiful idea. Yet, not to the fault of the idea itself, it is completely unsustainable. Over the last 150 years the battle between capitalism and socialism has been raging violently. The reason socialism fails is not because economics is not on its side. The reason socialism fails is because it relies on men to overcome their greed and see the greater good of all as being more important than themselves.
On paper, Socialism runs smoothly, every man does his job, money goes where it should go, power is not abused. This is simply impossible in the real world. The shortcomings of man, whether it be their natural born survival instinct that leads them to greed, or simple corruption of power, will always cause socialism to fail. This not only illustrates a flaw in this political theory, but in the idea of Utilitarianism itself. Utilitarians may work for the pleasure of the whole, but that is not to say that everyone in the whole will work for the same end. There will always be a few who undermine the utopia with selfish and single-minded actions.
Capitalism is not a better social system in the sense that it provides a better life for the whole; it is better in the fact that it holds each person accountable for their own place in society. In a capitalist society, if a man is unsatisfied with his position in life it is his problem and his problem alone. He must personally work for the betterment of his position. In this, every single person is forced, not by conventional force, but by simply needing to survive, to work.