If you were born into freedom and have never experienced anything other than freedom, it's possible that you don't appreciate being free. However, think twice before getting involved in a revolution to establish socialism /communism. You don't understand how that system works until you've lived in it. In case such system is established, the majority of those who fought for it will regret their efforts. Remember what Jacques Mallet du Pan said back in the 18th century: "the Revolution devours its children," If the revolution brings dictatorship, there will be only one dictator, the rest will have lost their freedom. Even if true socialism is established, the leaders will dictate the terms, they will decide who gets what and how much... Well, if you enjoy being oppressed, go ahead and throw your freedom away. Careful though, you may never be able to regain your freedom if ignorance destroys the last bastion where you can still be yourself.
(Of course, freedom also has limitations so let's make sure we control our greed. When we exploit others, it leads to frustration and to the desire of the exploited to take our freedom away.)
I grew up in "socialism" where the regime kept everything and allowed the nation just enough to survive. True, no one died of hunger and all had roof over their heads - plus: education and healthcare were free - but cars, plane tickets and all other "luxuries" were absolutely not affordable - unless you worked for the government (which meant you had to be a trusted "comrade"). Prices and wages were controlled by the government, and you were lucky if you could save enough to buy a new shirt or a pair of shoes every other year. Let's not even talk about the lack of freedom (no passport, no permission to express your opinion or to listen to radio stations that broadcast from the West, and so on. Opposition/alternative media could not exist. Oh, and you were jailed when they caught you within 50 kilometers of the Austrian border - if you lived outside that zone.) > Freedom or Social Justice? Which one do you like? Some might say both. Impossible at the same time. > Humanity as a whole has not yet evolved enough to be ready for true socialism/communism. People can't be forced to be unselfish, human nature can't be forcefully changed. > Without incentives, people don't perform on their jobs, slow down production, sabotage the system any way they can. Employment is mandatory for all but it only means "internal unemployment". Often 2 people are hired for 1 position to show that there is full employment. However, the 2 won't do as much as 1 should... A delegation from Western Europe once visited a Hungarian factory. When asked to sum up what he saw, the head of the delegation said: I see that your employees work only about 4 hours out of the 8 but they only get paid for 2. > So, eventually the treasury dries up and even the dictators realize that it's time to give up their "noble" ideas. > Life is a struggle, one way or another some will suffer. Dictators might elevate the needy in „socialism” while suppressing the talented ones whose creativity would be needed to build better societies. -
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