Socialism seems to have quite a negative connotation here in the USA.
But how would you personally define Socialism? and furthermore why is it so bad for America?
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Socialism is a political mechanism that attempts to move an entire society forward together by redistributing some of the wealth creating by the society as a whole to help patch holes in the system. Society benefits if the population all goes to public school. An educated society is a more useful society. Imagine the state of the US if people making less than 40,000 a year didn't have a school to send their kids to. Public schools is a socialist idea. Private tutors for the rich is the capitalist solution. As the US allows the oligarchies more and more control, you are seeing the weakening of public schools and the proliferation of private schools for the rich, which is quite literally building a 'ruling class' and a 'worker class' right under their noses.
Right now, the system in the US already redistributes wealth on a massive scale, it's just that most of it goes to large corporations and the extremely wealthy in the form of subsidies and tax breaks. Basically right now in the US, the system is 'take from the poor, give to the rich'. But they have a few loud things like "Obamacare" to yell about that obfuscates what's really happening. The US is currently fueled by oligarchies, which is one of the worst ways to run a country. But because they control all of the power, and all of the voice, they are managing to convince the working poor and under-educated vote for their own exploitation.
Do you think it's better to have educated children be part of your society? Or uneducated children who then can't get work and have no means of survival except crime. And do you think that having a police force is a good idea? Or should the rich just have private security forces and leave the rest to fend for themselves? Do you want there to be an American army, whose responsibility is the American people, as a collective whole? Or should the military be private, and only work to further the interests of the rich (you could argue that this is already the case actually).
A properly organized social democracy moves it society forward together. Which is why most of the countries with the highest standards of living and personal happiness ratings are countries with a strong element of social democracy in their organizational structure. Anyone who things that having an oligarchy will result in a happy, vibrant working class really needs to study history. And economics, actually.0