Roots of Socialism
Socialism continues to attract the foolish and the wise in spite of its repeated failures. The breadth and depth of this attraction suggest that it is rooted in some common experience. That experience is childhood.
have food, shelter, education, and medical care provided (well or badly) by adults.
Socialists want food, shelter, education, and medical care provided for everyone. Families are small socialist societies. Socialists want to treat everyone like family.
want things before they learn about money. When parents say "we can't afford it" children think they're cruel or stupid.
Socialists believe a government that doesn't give the people what they want is cruel or inefficient.
believe what they're told. They believe Santa Claus is real and leaders are wise.
Socialists believe in the wisdom of their leaders. Adults are skeptical of leaders, preferring their own wisdom and beliefs.
can't imagine human diversity. They assume everyone feels like they do.
Socialists think the right plan will make everyone happy. In reality our different values, habits, and perceptions make profound disagreement natural and inevitable.
need parents who care about them so elected officials claim to care about the people. Businessmen who care mainly for themselves are like bad parents neglecting their children.
Socialists respect elected officials and hate businessmen.
Children should not control adults and socialists should not control society. Socialist thinking regresses us into a state of helpless dependence. The illusion of socialism will only be discarded when people understand its roots and outgrow its childish world view.