There is a note that we should remain on topic. I will however say to JT that he suggests that I am a Marxist. I am socialist...a different animal and that you well know. (I have been described as the French answer to Wedgewood Ben)
You also say that I have choked on my silver spoon... far from it...but it does not stop me from trying to move towards better social equality.
Uhh... right then, whatever.
I see you've used the time-honoured argument that Marxism and socialism are not one and the same. I was aware of that. Marxism is a political theory for the analysis of society; socialism and communism are the implementations thereof. But you damn well know what I meant when I used the term Marxist, for it is commonly used as a blanket term. If you are a socialist, you adhere at least partially to Marxist principles. Nice try, though.
Ironically, the "choking on a silver spoon" jibe was first used to describe Tony Benn... Even more ironically, Benn actually supports British withdrawal from the EUSSR unless it can reform itself to become a much more democratic entity...
It gives me endless warm fuzzies that you strive towards "better social equality," but history simply teaches us that it does not work. State-enforced social equality operates by dragging the successful down to the level of the least common denominator, whereas capitalism and the free market present to the feckless of society the tools to work their way up the financial ladder. Betterment is based entirely on worth and quality of output, rather than an uninspiring birthright for the lazy dolts of the nation.
We British know, from the disreputable 1970's, that socialism does not work. Businessmen, doctors, scientists, engineers and lawyers and whoever else do not simply stand around while the government thieves their rightful earnings. They pack up and leave in their droves. The resultant "brain drain" was only part of what nearly bankrupted Britain and set the stage for the rise to power of the venerable Margaret Thatcher. Her economic policies once again made Britain an attractive place for business. These business thingies, you might or might not have noticed, have a strange, inexplicable propensity to employ people. Having citizens employed means they do not leech off the state, and in turn a lower burden for the government means taxes can be lowered. Lower taxes means more money for the businesses, which then means further job creation
. The entire process is cyclic and self-perpetuating.
Socialism has well and truly failed. It has never worked anywhere it has been tried. Where it has been tried, it has resulted in massive totalitarianism and almost the entire abolition of personal liberty. Most of Eastern Europe has been free of the shackles of the Soviets for less than twenty years. Yet, shockingly, there still exist some brain dead morons who think that, somehow beyond any modicum of common sense, this
time round if we were to reintroduce socialism it could work. That's despite it NEVER having worked in the past.
Give it up. The jury has long since returned on socialism, and the verdict is not in your favour.