What belongs to everybody belongs to nobody; or rather to the few who exercise the property right in the name of “everybody.”
Socialism is the political ideology based on state ownership of production goods.
The state is that organized group of people that has a monopoly of violence over a certain territory.
Production goods are those resources and products employed to get another good. They are also called intermediary goods, capital goods, tools or resources.
Instead, those goods which main function is to provide joy through its final consumption are called consumer goods.
Nevertheless, any good may have alternative uses. In pure Socialism or Communism, all goods are considered capital, even those that are generally considered consumer goods.
If politics is defined as the art and science of managing centralized coercion, then socialism is the increasing of political inequality.
Socialism is the empowering of a bureaucratic elite that controls and commands all the economic activity.
Absolutism is in the very DNA of socialism because an extreme concentration of power is required to systematically violate private property.
In socialism the state is basically a mafia with schools.
If mafia is defined as an organized banditry that uses threats of violence to extract income, then under socialism, the state is just a sofisticated mafia that controls education to propagate ideas that justify its criminal activity as good and necessary; a banditry that demands homage for constantly robing you.
Socialist propaganda frequently uses the word “social” to misapply what only works at a small scale and based on trust, to a huge scale via coercion.
“We and we alone have the best social welfare measures” said the Propaganda Minister of National Socialist German Workers’ Party, Joseph Goebbels in 1944.
Socialism is sometimes wrongly defined as a system of wealth equality, however, any political system should be explained by the measures it carries out, and not by the intended consequences.
All socialists experiments result in general impoverishment and extreme wealth inequality between political classes and dominated classes. The abolition of private property discourages the maintenance and creation of value, and makes economic calculation impossible; so resources get scarcer and misallocated and an inevitable economic chaos ensues that leads to humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, while the vast gets poorer, politicians thrive through confiscation.
Hence, all socialist regimes end up being described as “not real socialism”. It is like if Rain Dance were defined as a dance that causes rainfall, so then it would be considered “not a real Rain Dance” if it does not produce the desired rain; or like if a football match were defined as a sport game in which one specific team always wins. Any definition of a political system must be outcome-neutral, or a fallacy will be committed.
Socialist theories tend to blame wealth because they wrongfully associate natural economic inequality with poverty. They think of the economy as a static 0 sum game in which all wealth comes at the expense of someone else, when in reality poverty has historically been the condition of humanity. The global average life expectancy of 30 years was not exceeded until the 20th century.
Wealth creation is the complex and extraordinary phenomenon that requires explanation. Free growing economies are dynamic systems that enable the creation and mobility of economic prosperity.
In any case, not all equality is desirable; forced wealth equality is certainly not. The only equality in a civilized and peaceful society is equal rights, that is, equality to the Law.
A society that puts economic equality ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. — Milton Friedman.
Humans are not even equal to themselves in different days.
The main source of material inequality is one's own being. Economic value naturally differs among people as different preferences and choices imply unequal economic outcomes.
If there is not equality of outcomes among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, why should equality of outcomes be expected when conditions are not nearly so comparable? — Thomas Sowell.
We are naturally conditioned by what we are, but also by the place, time and community in which we are born.
Diversity is something to be celebrated with tolerance.