_______________________________________________________________________________There is a very distinct form of con / idiocy that has been extant worldwide for many a century and has done little good for the most part unless you happen to be greedy or power hungry.
This is called “The One True Way™” method of ideological governance. It’s simple.
Capitalism asserts that the profit motive is the über alles, clear and only useful method of a free and productive society. Period. To divert from this shining path of profit and more profit as the only useful approach to societal management will have Kruschev and Stalin resurrected and eating kittens and beating respectable church going folk on the town square.
Communism is sort of the same thing only they promise that to deviate from the great and endless loop of a struggle of serving the worker above all else will bring whores and three card Monte dealers selling decadence from make shift tents on the steps of the Kremlins.
Socialism has this idiot idea that the very purpose of any form of governance is to serve the population it governs. Heresy, to be sure, boyo.
The main problems with this little three way fandango of One True Ways are, simply, these.
NONE of ANY of these methods is in use in its actual, stated form anywhere on earth, but I digress. The biggest problem is that they all work great. They do. But they are not monothematic ideologies wherein one band aid covers all booboos and they were never designed to be. They’re pieces parts. They’re LEGO. You use the one that’s needed to meet the situation at hand. They’re tools. Not obsidian monoliths of rectitude.
And they work like a Swiss watch when utilized as stated on the label and in concert with the other.
Pure capitalism doesn’t exist because the end game of that is three people eating gold bar and caviar sandwiches and the rest of the population making mining gold, roe fishing and growing wheat in exchange for a dirt floor shack with a bread oven. Because profit!! Pure socialism cannot and doesn’t try to exist without a robust capitalist engine. But they are still convinced that regulating serves everybody better than opening Gold Bar and Caviar Huts throughout the country.
Communism is essentially a safety net. It says that the people who create the wealth aren’t out planting food for a straw hut and some crumbs. Or at least if they are out planting wheat, this is viewed as respectable and the point is to feed people, not make people rich.
So they all work fine.
They are all brilliant.
They also are basic horse sense about what life and a society is for. And they are widely and constantly gerrymandered, subverted and screwed into little balloon animal parodies of their purpose and design by people who want to dance on the backs of the bruised after their gold bar and caviar gala luncheon.
So, am I a socialist? Of course. And a staunch capitalist and I dabble in communism when necessary. And so do you. What I don’t do is piss my pants with urgency when the oh by jingo urgency farmers come around barking about the One True Way.
And neither should you.