Intellectuals only: is democratic socialism the ideal form of government?

Before I even ask anything, please leave if you are here to insult or otherwise post objectionable material here on Y!A. You WILL be reported. Now that that's taken care of, if you are enlightened, then please proceed: I don't understand everyone's abhorrence for democratic socialism. It seems to me that there is a social stigma against the democratic socialist form of government due to the communist regimes of Soviet Russia, PR China, North Korea, and other failed governments. However, people do not realize that communism is NOT socialism, and socialism is NOT democratic socialism. In my humble opinion, the US public needs to become enlightened and reconsider the situation and analyze it in an objective manner, relying on science and ethics (morals). The democracy currently present in the USA is a system that only perpetuates poverty; the people at the top stay at the top and the people at the bottom stay at the bottom. People who grow up in impoverished, gang-ridden cities, such as Watts or Compton, have little to no chance of growing up to be someone in the world. If you grow up in a household where you have very little money for food at home with a single mother and three brothers, while being subjected to a substandard educational system, then you will almost invariably end up in a gang, and/or steal or sell drugs for money in order to help feed your family and make a living. Even if you do try to get an education (considering you can even afford school materials), your education will be sub par compared to the middle and upper class students; and how do you expect to both go to school AND make a living for yourself? People say that "America is the land of opportunity," and that "anything is possible in the USA," but do these statements hold true for those who grow up in the conditions I described? You tell me. In a socialist society, everyone could elect representatives and every family and individual would inevitably receive a minimum amount of money with with to live comfortably and healthily (most healthy products are extremely over-priced) and there would therefore be no "ghetto" neighborhoods and everyone could afford to obtain an education and succeed in life. And NO, the problem is NOT that you award necessity instead of work, because there would be a minimum income cap, but there would also therefore be room for improvement in income with education and competition. The difference is that there would not be the elitist super-rich that exists today due to the imperialist capitalism that began over a century ago with the British Empire. Here is an excellent point that someone made in another answer (not my info), so take this into consideration as well: "War, poverty, exploitation and oppression are products of the capitalist system, a system in which a minority ruling class profits from the labor of the majority. The alternative is socialism, a society based on workers collectively owning and controlling the wealth their labor creates. It is the right governmental structure for a post-industrailized society like ours. But capitalists have fought the people of the US about this for years and has won. People really can't even think outseide the bounds of capitalist mind control, they can't envision a just society." So true, so true. However, we all know that this type of government can never be established because the elite of the world would never risk letting something like that happen, for it would decimate their power and grip on the world economy.

Asked By: Ace - 7/15/2009
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Here's the basic problem with a Socialist Democracy: It's predicated on the belief that people are generally good and will be willing to work and do and advocate for the good of everyone. If this were true, a Socialist Democracy would work. The problem is it doesn't take into account the root of human nature... More
Answered By: sarge927 - 7/15/2009
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That was Nazi Germans political system. Google it "National Socialist Democratic Worker's Party"
Answered By: ghost - 7/15/2009
Indubitably... More
Answered By: Carol - 7/15/2009
Zero government is the ultimate form of government. Or minarchism. Absolute minimum government... More
Answered By: vote_usa_first - 7/15/2009
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