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Will socialism ever work? Why?

Asked By: - 12/24/2010
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From a purely socialistic perspective, socialism is the logical (and, arguably, necessary) next step in human history, economically and in terms of effective governance. Capitalism is, to generalize, the pursuit and accumulation of capital (or essentially profits). I would further argue that it is merely the current... More
Answered By: Le Socialiste - 12/24/2010
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Social Democracies work great. Pure socialism, like pure unrestricted capitalism...do not work.
Answered By: Lamplighter - 12/24/2010
 
Everything in moderation.
Answered By: I'm out to get you - 12/24/2010
 
No. Because people will never work as hard for the benefit of strangers as they will for themselves and their families.
Answered By: J P - 12/24/2010
 
in small does it can work for a little bit but let us not forget the hippie communes in the 60's they all left out of fear of starvation... More
Answered By: thumbs down for the truth - 12/24/2010
 
As long as you have the parasite/host scenario, it'll never work.
Answered By: Barn Owl - 12/24/2010
 
Democratic Socialism has had a pretty successful history in Europe, especially in Scandinavia where they enjoy the highest standards of living in the world. They have mixed economies not pure socialsim, terrific health care and social services, top notch educational systems and free university education, beautiful... More
Answered By: ColleenIsBack - 12/24/2010
 
Depends on your definition of socialism. What a Conservative American calls Socialism won't be what a member of the Labour Party in the UK calls socialism. If you are indeed a Conservative American then you may well find most of Europe to be socialist, and therefore it is indeed working, has been for many decades. If... More
Answered By: Jebediah - 12/24/2010
 
It's this simple. As long as you have enough % of society feel it earns a hand out and constantly votes that way, the rest of us has to pay for it. What makes a society strong.......a minuscule amount of needy, or a consistently high % of needy? Ask a liberal politician which side creates a stronger sense of their... More
Answered By: Spoiler - 12/24/2010
 
Joe miller got socialist medicaid
Answered By: scottso360 - 12/24/2010
 
It hasn't so far, and it never will unless humans become more like ants. Individuality and socialism does not mix. However, a mixed capitalist/socialist society works quite well.
Answered By: Hypnose Lancome - 12/24/2010
 
Socialism as it is practiced by Democrats in America will never work. This is why our economy is collapsing. Too many people rely on the working taxpayers for their own sustenance. "The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money." - Margaret Thatcher
Answered By: Ben Dover - 12/24/2010
 
Socialism is contrary to human nature so it will never work as long as humans are the ones who are providing the labor for the production of goods and services. However, I personally foresee a time in the future when nearly everything is produced by machines and robots. At that point, socialism could work, if... More
Answered By: thomas f - 12/24/2010
 
Sure. It isn't a light switch. It has worked pretty well here, particularly in the early part of the 20th century.
Answered By: Heavy_Cavalry_Sgt - 12/24/2010
 
No. Socialism calls for an expansion of land to grow and succeed. There is no such thing as true socialism because nobody can stop a hierarchy from implementing the socialism in the first place. And once it is implemented, corruption takes over, worse than capitalism without any regulations. It is a "peoples" party... More
Answered By: TraeB0 - 12/24/2010
 
No, never... More
Answered By: gws35 - 12/24/2010
 
Socialism is a disease of capitalism. The socialist come to the door when capitalism has created enough wealth for them to convince the people we need to rob them. When capitalism has a slump or a down turn you see the results of the cradle to grave socialist like Greece, France etc. rioting in the streets for more... More
Answered By: JC Nickel - 12/24/2010
 
Ask yourself why the social democracies, like Denmark and Sweden, have the happiest people on earth as their citizens.
Answered By: Foremost authority - 12/24/2010
 
Please note that BOTH the Donkey & Elephant feed from the same trough! THINK ABOUT IT ... the whole political spectrum has been warped to benefit the professional lairs that masquerade as "Public Servants"
Answered By: Menard K - 12/24/2010
 
So long as there is even a single human on this planet who is a tiny bit more ambitious that the rest of the humans, socialism will not work. That ambitious human will soon be allowing his neighbors to pay him for goods and services that they themselves could possibly provide for themselves but have chosen not to do... More
Answered By: Chronos - 12/24/2010
 
The people who are shouting about how it'll never work and how individuals shouldn't have to contribute to the benefit of strangers are surely demonstrating what an individualistic society America is. Socialism, or at least partially socialist systems, work just fine in more collectivistic cultures. For socialism to... More
Answered By: Jay - 12/24/2010
 
Democratic socialism will work, and it will work better than the system we have now... More
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Answered By: Les S - 12/24/2010
 
Nobody has suggested 'socialism'.....which by definition means that the state owns the means of production and distribution. What the question today is....can 'corporate capitalism' work in a way that insures that willing workers are paid a fair wage for their labor, receive fair benefits as a portion of their wages... More
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Answered By: Noah H - 12/24/2010
 
Of course it will Democratic Socialism is the future. A government where the laborer controls the production, and not the rich, so that wages are not unjustly released by big cat investors. Socialism is the future, only a matter of time.
Answered By: Chris Dennison - 12/24/2010
 
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