Is Socialism a Success?
June 16, 2011
Recently I’ve picked up this innovative story by Edward Bellamy. This novel, Looking Backward; 2000-1887, was written in 1887, but takes place in the new millennium.
This book presents the idea of a ‘utopia’. Usually when people think 100 years into the future, the first thing that comes to mind is that futuristic cliche: fancy technology, elevated intellectuals, nicely oiled society/ government, hovercrafts, etc. Apparently, 100 years ago, they thought we would have governmental and societal issues all worked out. How? Through socialism.
Socialism, is the knight in shining armor when it comes to politics. Everyone is the same, everyone works together and everything works. Interestingly enough, World War II hadn’t happened yet when this novel was written. People back then were not as aware of how unworkable of an idea socialism actually was. This was a new idea to America, adopted from Karl Marx’s original idea in Europe, and it probably seemed great.
Bellamy’s thought was, by the means of socialism we can create this utopia for ourselves. Life in the future will be wonderful. But folks, what have we learned from history? Has socialism worked in the past? No. From what I’ve learned, it ends in the opposite of a utopia- a lot of people die, war breaks loose and it’s just utter chaos.
So, if this is such a great idea, why has it just resulted in havoc spanning the globe? It’s human nature to want to be in control, human nature to want to be better; human nature is hungry for power.
It is impossible for an entire community to agree on one thing because everyone has different opinions, ideas and beliefs. Human personality is too diverse for socialism to work. It is the best idea for a government, but is just not compatible with the human race.
I guess this just means we’ll have to keep evolving and living into the future. Who knows what awaits our world 100 years down the road. Success in socialism? New political ideas? Or will we be sitting in more messes we create for ourselves? It’s hard to say, but this is when you can let your logical imagination run wild. Happy time traveling.