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  •  Socialism enhances individual liberty. (4+ / 0-)

    Capitalism crushes it.

    The goal of socialism is to give everyone a chance to pursue their life's dreams, rather than limiting that to those lucky enough to have the means. Capitalism concentrates wealth, opportunity, means and power at the top, so the vast majority of people are never free to be who they can be.

    In socialism, everyone builds the palace and everyone can use it. In capitalism, workers build the palace for the ruling elite, but are barred from using it.

    Also, another major goal of socialism is to radically cut the working day. Right now, we spend the vast majority of our hours making profits for ownership. If we just produced what we needed, we could all go home well before noon. And we are never less free than when we are at work. Capitalism guarantees unfreedom for at least eight hours a day -- and it used to be much longer. You're a cog in the machine when you go to work.

    Socialism, OTOH, means you work fewer hours and you do so for yourself and society, rather than for a tiny fraction of that society, ownership.

    Socialism engenders far more "individual liberty" than capitalism, and it's not even close.

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