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What is socialism?

from the Editors  |  Issue: May | June 2016

Contrary to what we are told, socialism is not about simply adding more social programs, nor is it a fascist dictatorship.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary makes clear that socialism is an economic system, and a stepping-stone to a society based on cooperation where the wealth of society is distributed according to need. It states:

  1. [Socialism is] . . . collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.
  2. [Socialism is] a stage of society . . . [which is] transitional between capitalism and communism.

Socialism sets the stage for the creation of a cooperative society based on the principle that everyone contributes their talents and skills and everyone gets the necessities of life based on their need not money. Government would merely organize the distribution of society’s abundance to all who need it. This is the practical solution to the inability of people to get the things they need to survive and thrive under the current system. It is the door to new thresholds in the struggle for a new humanity where everyone can live happy, fulfilled lives.

The ideals of socialism and communism have been around for centuries, but the productive capacity to fully create such a society did not exist until now. With robotics, the elimination of human labor coupled with the ability to produce such abundance makes a society based on cooperation not only realizable, but also necessary.

What is the first step toward a more humane society? The political question comes down to how do the people gain control over the corporations when, today, the government has been taken over by these corporations. The people need to fight for a government that takes over the corporations and makes corporate property public property.

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