5 thoughts on “Socialism: It’s always the real thing. Until it’s not.”

  1. Posted 08/06/2017 at 14:40 | Permalink

    One reason why the British public appears to have such a positive view of socialism is that they may (incorrectly) not equate it with full-blown communism. In the US, those who can correctly define ‘socialism’ view it less positively:

    http://posnetres.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/americans-who-can-correctly-define.html

  2. Posted 09/06/2017 at 21:43 | Permalink

    Its a version of the No True Scotsman fallacy (http://www.logicalfallacies.info/presumption/no-true-Scotsman/). In effect, they artificially stipulate that Socialism is – by definition – something that works and brings benefits to all, thus, in so far as that does not happen then – by definition – it wasn’t really socialism.

  3. Posted 09/06/2017 at 22:05 | Permalink

    Perhaps if there was an authentic version of capitalism on offer then people wouldn’t seek shelter under the auspices of socialism?

    People know there is something rotten and hypocritical about the “neo-liberal” agenda. They just haven’t quite identified quite what it is. Yet.

  4. Posted 10/06/2017 at 12:55 | Permalink

    Great text!
    One question, however, still remains unanswered: Why holds socialism such a firm grip on those who consider themselves intellectuals or even scientists?
    A rather complex question that even Hayek had trouble answering. I tend to the opinion that socialism has an appeal for people with a particular psychological make-up. In social psychological terms you would think of them as looking for a social identity rather than developing a personal one.

    However, it is not just some social identity, they are looking for. They want a special one, one that shows them as the good people they consider themselves to be. J. Bartholomew would speak of “virtue signalling”. Socialism allows you that. It allows you to make big speeches about equality and helping the poor, without ever making the slightest effort to stick to your word. It allows to pretend to be someone eager to bring only the best to those they consider beneath themselves. As a payback it gives a raise in status to those, who think themselves fit to help others. Somehow, socialism combines an appeal to the mean side of character with the signalling of virtue to the world. And I guess, this is, what makes it so attractive to some.

    No hard work needed to prove yourself. If you consider yourself a scientist: no methodology needed. Just tell people that capitalism is bad and socialism will fix their lives for them. And no test of conviction needed as well. Socialism is some kind of religion, spreading the truth to the world. Hence, you do not need, like other scientists do, to form hypotheses and test them. Just declare the truth and slam deviant opinions. In short, Socialism appeals to the weak minded to those, who are afraid of competition, because they consider themselves as a born loser. But Socialism makes them strong.

    I guess, Philip Converse would have called socialism a belief system and Milton Rokeach would have added the closed mind, needed to find such a kind of belief system attractive.

  5. Posted 12/06/2017 at 12:33 | Permalink

    This just goes to show that way too socialists are synonymous with holocaust deniers and constantly want to duck the (personal) responsibility. They’re a bunch of spineless cowards that are like flags on a pole.

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