On The Myth Of The Sinister Nature Of Socialism

The notion that socialism is a sinister ideology is a widely held belief among capitalist cultures. Propaganda that smears socialism as a sinister plot has effectively conditioned many capitalist sympathizers to dismiss such with hardly a review of the principles that are naturally associated with the ideology itself. An ill informed and sufficiently influenced public then are oftentimes ignorant of the principles of the very social system which they are systemically conditioned to regard with suspicion or even with outright contempt. A review of the principles of socialism seems both pertinent and practical.

Socialism is based upon the natural principle of caring and sharing. That a sense of caring and sharing is innate to humanity is evident by the routine execution of such in the most basic of all social settings. The family is the most basic society within even the most remote community, and it is in this context that humanity is the most consistent in the execution of caring and sharing. So much so in fact that in those rare instances that a family unit is managed and operates in any way other than upon egalitarian concepts, the general assessment of such a family is regarded as dysfunctional and out of the norm. The incentive for sharing within the context of the family unit is a naturally evident care and concern for the welfare of each and every person within the family itself. In this regard, one can look to the family as an example of a society which functions to the ultimate end of providing for the general welfare based upon a natural and sincere care for the well being of each and every individual. Now if this concept can be grasped within the context of a family unit, then the principles can be understood with regards to the social ethical theory of socialism in general.

For once the exercise of social sharing is understood in the context of caring for the well being of others in any given context, then the concept of a culture based upon a collective effort for the common good is both conceivable and practical. Socialism is a collective effort to supply for the welfare of everyone. This endeavor is based upon a concern for the well being of everyone within any social context, and thus seeks the common good as its ultimate objective. The collective effort for the common good then is a fundamental principle of socialism.

Now it is evident that abilities vary within any collective. Therefore another basic principle of socialism is expressed by the Marxian maxim “from each according to ability and to each according to need”. This common sense theory is the bedrock to stabilizing a society which is characterized by inequality, and is the basis for expecting full participation in the process of providing for the general welfare. The general notion is that those who can, should supply for those in need, and thus the collective efforts of the capable within any society should benefit everyone rather than an elite few. A basic principle of socialism then is that privilege, be it natural or circumstantial, amounts to a responsibility to provide for those who are either incapable or in need.

The ultimate objective of socialism then is to ensure that no single person is in need so long as it is reasonably possible to supply their need. The incentive which motivates socialism is the sincere care and concern for the well being of others. Socialism is a collective effort that seeks the well being of each and person. Socialism is the expectation that those who can will provide for the general welfare of those who in legitimate need. As to whether such principles as sharing and caring for the well being of others based upon a sincere concern for their well being, and whether collective efforts for the common good are sinister endeavors based upon an evil ideology; each person must deliberate and decide for themselves.

Be that as it may, the aforementioned are the basic principles of socialism.

3 thoughts on “On The Myth Of The Sinister Nature Of Socialism

  1. The definition you offer for socialism is a replacement term you use for caring and compassion. No one is going to argue such character traits are inherently evil. You have assumed this equivalency. It’s not true.

    What people will do is argue (successfully with compelling evidence from reality) that any society that tries to organize the means of production, distribution, and exchange owned or regulated by the community as a whole is on the path to totalitarianism. And the examples are plentiful. That’s the inherent evil because it doesn’t work in reality. That’s the argument you need to address if you wish to honestly explore why the political and economic marriage called socialism produces this effect and not pretend that caring and compassion are lacking in capitalistic societies when, in fact, a great deal of such characteristics are plentiful throughout such societies (and far more than any other kind to date).

  2. It has impressed me that civilization involves the coerced labor of the masses to provide leisure and perks for the elites but the elites draw the line at helping the needy, who are in more need of the surpluses created by the masses that the elites are. At the heart of capitalism is greed and it infects every system of government wrapped around it.

    • Steve, are you being greedy when you pay for, say, milk? Are you being greedy when you pay for a haircut? Are you being greedy when you exchange your labour for remuneration? This is capitalism, an exchange of goods and services. You participate in capitalism every day in every way when you exchange anything for anything. A paperclip may mean nothing much to you, but for the person who deems it of some value and is willing to exchange it with you for something you deem of value greater than the paperclip, you are a capitalist. I don;t think that’s a bad thing because having traveled widely in various countries that, like you, presume capitalism is all about greed and to be addressed with enforced social policy, let me assure you on a personal level everyone is a capitalist when they have a need.

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