- Both are good but socialism is better.Vote A
- Both are good but capitalism is betterVote B
- Both are bad but socialism is worseVote C
- Both are bad but capitalism is worseVote D
- Both are equally goodVote E
- Both are equally badVote F
- It depends on what kind of society we are talking aboutVote G
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The problem with socialism is that no clear definition exists what "socialism" actually means (wikipedia also says that). Within the realms of socialism, you have a pretty broad spectrum of ideologies, ranging from revolutionary/militant socialism à la Soviet Union to social democracies (democratic socialism) like in Sweden or Norway. At the same time, on a website with mostly American users, we have the problem that many people here confuse socialism with communism, which is not the same thing despite certain similarities.
Personally, I would like to have a system somewhere between the Scandinavian model and the very extreme forms of socialism. The reason for this is mostly the aspect of democracy. Although I am critical of democracy and I don't consider it a great system of governance, it's still better than a dictatorship in my opinion (even if that dictatorship is mostly benevolent, such as in Cuba). Unfortunately, revolutionary socialist systems usually end up becoming dictatorships. The reason for this is that it's almost impossible to create a revolutionary socialist or even communist system without a certain amount of force. You will always have political opponent who try to destroy your efforts. So what are you gonna do? You have to either imprison them or kill them... there's almost no other option. Theoretically you could also just kick them out of the country but this only works under certain circumstances (depends on how big your country is, where it is located, island or landlocked etc). Even the Castro brothers in Cuba had to imprison a couple of thousand political dissidents. While I understand that from a political perspective, I wouldn't want to live in a country were disagreement is punished. Not only because that's ethically questionable but also because it hinders progress. So in my opinion, the best socialist system would be one where generally speaking, everyone believes in the same, basic leftist principles but you're still allowed to have a different opinion.
The thing with capitalism is not so much that I hate it (I don't), but since I study history, I understand that it doesn't work. People often claim socialism doesn't work but capitalism works even way less. It's a self-destroying system.
Since I'm running out of space, I would say I'm sympathizing with a more radical form of the Scandinavian model. A system with very strong fiscal equality, workers' rights and socially progressive but also with civil rights and democracy.1