The pilgrims who came to America tried communism shortly after arriving in the New World... and after so many people learned they would get the same amount of food for not working an hour in their commune fields, they all nearly died of starvation when winter came because people didn't work to pay their own way during the planting season... when the spring came, they gave every family a plot of land to farm and the next winter they had more than enough food to last them till the coming thaw... Why??? Because suddenly the lazy family found they wouldn't last the next months of snow if they didn't plow and reap and sow... Isn't that the Capitalistic way of doing things??? Why did communism almost get a whole group of people killed while the capitalistic way kept them all healthy and happy???
Capitalism doesn't make the world poorer... actually capitalism and offering jobs to other countries has made the world richer...
When I look at modern day Russia... mostly through the lenses of dash cams on cars, I see a land locked in the 70s to 80s as far as current buildings, with cars dating back from the end of the cold war in use all across the country... Leadership still in Dictatorship mode with a puppet president in the hands of Putin's regime... and the Sciences almost non-existent in a country that once brought us all the Periodic table of Elements... What happened Russia??? What do you have to show for your desire for power where none is to be had???
Where are the current achievements of a once great world power???
America is not without sin, far from it. Most of our media is absolute trash, which is then shipped across the world to pollute and degrade the minds of innocent human beings, we invade countries after we blow up our own buildings and call it just... and we sit by while millions of people die of simple problems we've long since solved, things like normal farming practices and simple hygiene... But what does Communism/Socialism and Russia have to boast about??? That it let several dozen of its own sailors die in a submarine that had poorly maintained Hydrogen-peroxide torpedos while refusing the aid of other country's deep sea rescue units??? That their leaders would rather kill all opposition instead of implementing changes to their country that would make them loved and revered???
That threatening to wipe america off the face of the earth through thermonuclear strikes to the Wyoming supervolcano would make the world a better place??? How is this helping anyone??? How is this helping the world see Socialism and Communism in a light other than what the educated have always seen it as???
A Gateway drug for Chaos and hardship!!!
How does it teach people to "sit down and mooch"? Considering that they all have to work for what they get, it's not really mooching, unlike in capitalism where you have a rich elite that don't lift a finger and get everything humanly possible to get.
"The pilgrims who came to America tried communism"
No, they didn't.
"Capitalism doesn't make the world poorer..."
Africa begs to differ. So does most of Asia. And Latin America too.
"When I look at modern day Russia..."
Modern day, Capitalist Russia. See what 20 years of capitalism does to a nation that once upon a time was able to send the first man to space (under Socialism).
"But what does Communism/Socialism and Russia have to boast about???"
Do you really need a list? I know a guy that has one, and it's a long, long list.
"A Gateway drug for Chaos and hardship!!!"
The past 200 years of Capitalism has been chaos and hardship, and there wasn't Communism immediately before it.
Of course, there is some degree of inequality, such as large corporations receiving exclusive treatment, but that's exactly what a free market isn't, and that's why we need a free market. And since the author of this deviation opposes free market, he's definitely not the one who could make the situation better.
Why make the rich look evil in the first place? Some people have health problems, we don't blame the healthy ones for that. Some people are physically weak, it's not the fault of the strong ones. So why look at the rich ones as if they were the cause of poverty? Maybe the poor should try to make their own situation better...
That's the problem. They literally CAN'T. I'm guessing you're a well-paid person, probably second class.
I'm by no means in poverty, but a lot of the luxuries that you people take for granted (your smartphones, for example) I don't have. Why? My father lives on a pension. My mother is disabled. My brother is 11. I have too many mental disabilities to be able to handle a job. We have enough to eat and pay rent and have electricity. But no fancy smartphones, no clothes aside from dollar bins and maybe K-Mart/Big W.
The rich are often corrupt. 'Raise the minimum wage' was legitimately met with 'Why stop at $15? Why not raise it to $100,000?!'. More often than not, they don't actually work very hard to get to where they are. Paris Hilton? Rich beyond her wildest dreams, not one ounce of work to show for it. The Kardashians? Same book. The former Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman? He made sure he was being payed more than the President of the United States AND he did nothing but make things worse in Queensland.
My country was under occupation by Soviet Union for 50 years, and the way it screwed the minds of people is just terrible.
Like you, I'm not in poverty, but not rich either. My dad is disabled and gets a pension. Maybe things are starting to get a little better, since my older brother got a job recently and I'm gonna soon graduate from university and start working too. Yet, the situation isn't as good as it should have been.
My main hobby is programming. It's an art. I think I was 11 when I started it. I liked video games and wanted to become a game developer in the future. And by "game developer" I mean the one who actually decides what to make and gets things done - otherwise, I wouldn't be much of an artist. The important thing I couldn't realize for a long time is, I might have taken control of my situation long ago already if I made better decisions.
While I thought that "maybe someday" I would do what I want, most of the time I believed I just have to do what my parents tell me to do, which means going to school, university, and finally finding a job and doing what I'm told by employer to do. I never liked this idea, but I didn't realize there can be something more to life than that.
Often, I would hear complaints about how lazy I am because I don't earn money. What the hell is that? I always did what I was told to do, so why should it be my responsibility to ensure that whatever I'm told to do is of use? After all, that's not even what I wanted to do. I never really wanted to learn what someone says or work for someone, I wanted to be an artist, I wanted to work for myself.
I've realized my mistakes and started programming some stuff which I'm gonna use to earn money if things go well (but it's not going to be so soon that I coud avoid the necessity to work for someone else once I finish the university). Since I'm better at programming than I used to be, all those years weren't completely wasted, but I didn't make the best out of them. It was influence by all that socialist bullshit which means "you do what we tell you to do and we give you security". I don't want security, I want freedom. Freedom to ensure my security by myself. I don't know if I would be earning enough if I could think independently from the beginning, but the situation would be better than it is now. And I don't blame the rich ones for my mistakes, they weren't the ones who influenced me in a negative way.
Now, speaking of you, you say "I have too many mental disabilities to be able to handle a job", but do you need to "handle a job" to make it better? Do you need to do what someone tells you to do? Or is there something you like doing on your own and could make a living from? That's what does matter a lot.
As for minimum wage, well, that's one of unfair advantages I was talking about. In a free market, employers compete for employees. The one who pays more wins the competition, which is an incentive for employers to pay more, so there's hardly a need for a minimum wage. But when the minimum wage is raised, is becomes less profitable to businesses. Especially the small ones - as opposed to large corporations that earn money more efficiently and can afford paying higher wages anyway. That's where it's unfair, and that's where we need to get rid of this socialist crap. Wage should be based on agreement of employer and employee, not on some higher authority.
Seems like we might need another French Revolution. x33
And there are plenty of people in speculation that have failed terribly and had to find work elsewhere too.
Was it not the very ( I use the term 'very' figuratively, rather than literally)
Capitalist ideals that caused, or at least, were a large part the recent Financial and Economic crises?
Again, I await with eagerness to your response.
Have a Nice Day.