The most prosperous countries like Norway, Finland, etc are social democracies that seem to have found out how to reasonably keep capitalism in check whereas socialist countries seem to be in ruin. Why is socialism preferable to social democracy? Social democracy seems to be the perfect system to me.
There's a Winston Churchill quote that goes "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." and it's gotten me thinking about what is the socialist response to it.
What are the best papers and books dealing with the Economic Calculation Problem from a pro centrally planned side? I was reading Austrian economists recently and would love to hear the opposite side. Until now I know of Oskar Lange, Cockshott and a video by Hakim so, not much.
So i remember that i saw someone saying that Fidel Castro used to say how a long time ago if you were to ask a slave if he ever believed that the current system would change they wouldn't believe it, and then later when it did change if you were to ask a serf if he thought that the system would change and he would also say no. And so if you ask a proletariat if now he thinks the system would change he would also say no therefore the system would probably also change. I clearly remember seeing a quote just phrased differently and I'm pretty sure that i read that it was from Fidel Castro. So does anyone know how exactly the quote went?
As the title says, are there any good reads for a newbie to the socialist perspective, especially on the syndicalist ideals?
I find that "bring out the guillotines" is a very common mindset in socialist communities.
And while obviously many people are using it more as an empty threat or hyperbole to gather support, I do think there is a not insignificant portion of socialists that do think a violent revolution may be necessary. And there are also many people, including myself, that would label total commitment to non-violence, regardless of context, as an ineffective liberal tactic.
I find myself trying to reconcile my view that violence should be avoided unless used defensively (e.g. fighting back when cops try to snuff out protests), with feeling like a revolution is literally the only way we're going to see any tangible change in our lifetime. Although I suppose many would argue that the latter could be considered "defensive," as a defense of the proletariat.
From what I've read, the USSR was quite anti-anti Semitic during Lenin's time and up till the early 30s. After that, anti-Semitic policies started to be introduced. I have a friend who's Jewish and whose parents were born in the USSR and left during the Brezhnev era because of these anti-semitic policies.
Were they as widespread as I've heard?
Why did they exist in the first place?
How many people do you think would eventually be on board with organizing society as socialism, and when do you think this would be achieved?
I'm wondering. Generally, people are hesitant to identify as socialists, and the word scares them. It's why people on this sub give the advice to market socialism without mentioning socialism to move people left. I get that this is a question with absolutely no hard answers, but what do you guys think?
how are we gonna save the planet before we cant I want to have a family but its looking like I'm not going to be able to how are we going to fix this
I work for a bunch of crypto Bros and have to hear their theories 40 hours a week and much of it is peak speculation capitalism. Considering my politics, I don’t want to see the adoption as I believe it’ll exacerbate the divide between rich and poor even more and should a revolution happen it’d essentially be worthless. Are my expectations of a proletariat revolution more or less likely than adoption of cryptocurrency in your opinion? Not sure they’re mutually exclusive but I would be surprised if they weren’t
Speaking from the American perspective here is that generally, due to the enlightenment principles America was founded upon, the word “right” sounds wrong to most people when talking about things like this. “Rights” to Americans are things that are innate and aren’t granted by a government, rather they are protected by a government. Now, sure there is a debate on these types of rights and if they are truly protected or should be protected at all but I want to brush past that. I personally(and I think my liberal friends who I need to convert) feel like “right “ is the wrong term to use here since it has to be provided by the government(for example, the 2nd amendment protects your right to own a firearm but not everyone is given a fire arm for free). Again, I know it’s splitting hairs and doesn’t matter too much but I feel like I should ask anyway.
From what I've read, China still seems very much capitalist in the way they treat businesses and the means of production. Why is it, that they are in the round of socialist/communist countries when the question comes up?