"Being a socialist is about being nice?
Do you have a friend who claims to be a socialist?
In the 20th century there have been numerous political systems, but in the latter half of the century there were only two survivors, Socialism and Capitalism.
So we have at this time in the Western world, which for all practical purposes controls the world, two opposing political systems.
(I have already previously stated that there is no basic difference between socialists and communists.
There are, however, some very important factors relating to socialism of which you should be aware.
Socialism will not work in a free market economy and, as a consequence it invariably deteriorates into a totalitarian state. Anyone wishing to argue that point is asked to point to one single instance where this was not the result).
It therefore behooves us to remember who the worst despotic governments of this century were:
- Nazis in Germany,
- Fascists in Italy,
- Communists in the USSR, [Romania, East Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Cuba, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc.] and
- China – each and every one of them a paragon of socialist endeavor.
Their leaders; Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin [Ceausescu, Tito, Pol Pot, etc.] and Mao Tse Tung.
The outstanding legacy of these individuals is that they each tried to out-do the others in the total number of their own citizens which they murdered.
It is a fact that each of these men killed more of their own civilian citizens than they lost in military conflict..."