The best way to help those in need is to raise their potential productivity in a way that increases your own, rather than knocking everyone down to equal submission. If you want a change in the world you should build it from the ground up, not wait for everyone else to make their move or tell you what to do. The rich get rich because they command people rather than wait to be commanded. Socialism makes it imposible for anyone to do that, meaning everyone ends up equal impoverished. I'm not saying capitalism is the best solution but I would rather be a slave to myself than to society.
"Socialism" is a scare word, a dog whistle, the billionaires and multi-millionaires employ every time something will cut into their UNTAXED investment wealth. Why wouldn't they? It hurts them. All beings, including slugs, react to defend themselves when they might lose something they covet. Socialism is a word that means taking care of the people. ALL PEOPLE. That is scary as shit to those with wealth because it means they may have to help out the people they don't want to help: the non-"white"s, the non-"straights", the non-"christians"... I put those in that context to point out they want no one DIFFERENT from them to exist. Plain and simple. If you don't accept Socialism, you either don't understand the meaning of the term or you are a rich fucker I would like to take down with a crowbar.
It's not Socialism its called government providing social programs.
Is there private industry, are these services functions of the government (provide welfare, security, or equity)? If you answered yes it's not Socialism.
Does the government own means of production? If you answered yes then it is a form of Socialism.
Social Programs are not Socialism, they can be but mostly are not
Social Security requires a pay in, aka not a handout or Socialism.
Obama care not Socialism, Capitalism at its best.
I love Democratic Socialism. Without it I would have money problems with no Social Security. On that issue alone the Republicans would have less money for their masters because in many cases all over America someone would have to be taking care of their parents at home. No money for nursing homes any longer. You cannot take care of elderly parents and still work a job.
The above is only one issue in a very long line of opposition to much needed services. The GOP is out of touch and they seem to only support Pacman Capitalism. Real capitalism is where you actually build a better mouse trap.
The big problem with private enterprise is that it is run primarily for profit. When it's done by government it is usually an essential services for the people by the people. You can't vote out a private company but you can vote out a government. The other point is that privatisation usually has a record of over priced expense with an inefficient outcomes. The best example is that electricity was privatised in Australia and we have gone from having the cheapest most reliable system to one of the most expensive and unrealiable systems in the modern world. I believe in capitalism but not at the expense of the people and small businesses.
Capitalism and socialism are not opposites—both are manifestations of cooperative effort, a fundamental attribute of nature.
Maybe the question is whether projects are better done by government or by the private sector. Obviously some things are better done by government: justice, warfare, international diplomacy, planning for large public construction projects, etc. Maybe health care should be on that list because currently the private sector is failing abysmally.
I have worked for and dealt with government extensively, and I have worked in the private sector. IMO it is a mistake to think of government as “we the people”. Government is a large, somewhat disorganized power structure that can be roughly compared with a feudal system, with fiefdoms ruled by bureaucratic lords, each fighting for power and money. The only goal of government is the perpetuation and expansion of government, and if you think those people are looking out for you and the public interest, you are mistaken IMO.
A well-run, vibrant private company has a public mission, and is well-motivated, and those involved are rewarded in kind. Government workers are paid with tax money—their only concern is the perpetuation of their jobs, and the covering of their asses by refusing to make any decision not previously sanctioned by written regulations. I could talk about my very frustrating, infuriating encounters with government bureaucrats, but I’m trying to relax.
Let me say though, if you think those people are going to take over society and run every aspect of life in an efficient and successful way, you are mistaken IMO.
In a free society we have a right to form up into cooperatives, unions, associations, companies, and corporations, and for whatever purpose we wish as long as our goals are legal. Government is a necessary evil that we allow to exist.