Quoted from anouther thread:
Socialism is bad because it encourages mediocrity. You are never allowed to reach your full potential. In a socialist society, people like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and the Ford family would have to give away all the wealth that they earned, yes EARNED, from building their companies. That's not fairness. Socialism is only fair to the poor and to disaffected college kids. Equality of opportunity is the only true fairness in the world.
Personally I find this idea absurd. Firstly, socialism does not stop you from reaching your intellectual potential. You have education for every student, and these students learn and develop the same as they would in a Capitalist state. You'll have bright people and not-so-bright people. Socialism is about sharing WEALTH, not forcing you what you can SPEND it on. If a commune of socialists wanted to build a space rocket, why couldn't they? But my point is no, you wouldn't have large mega-corperations, but you also would have a lot less poverty and social ills. Would you get children bullied at school for not affording the same clothing as you? Course not. Same style.. perhaps. But that can't be eroded out. Either way you'd get a greater abundance of people who are able to stimulate their minds rather than having to work two jobs to pay the gas bill.
Because it HAPPENS. Capitalism ISNT all happy happy everyone gets their own way in life. It's about who has the best circumstances wins, be that wealthy parents or a strong will. Alot of people have neither, and in a world where extremes are taken out, people have the oppitunuty for education, research, art and expressing personal freedoms.
Because, yes, I truely love watching rich talentless rockstars daughters throw wild parties for thousands of pounds and then recieving money to tell us about it on television when I know people who can't afford to eat.
Socialism isn't fantastic, but there are times when it's better than what we have. Can't we just have both? *Sad face*
Labour haven't been socialist since the 90's.
Pretty much. Labour are Tory as much as Tory is labour. It no longer matters who you support or vote for, you'll get exactly the same goverment. I'm defiantly voting Liberal for this election, not because I like their policies, but perhaps for somebody else who can challenge these two ruling parties.