Socialism, the New Ideology By Kenyan Opposition Leaders.
Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution. If socialism is understood as a system in which workers and communities (rather than bureaucrats, politicians, and well-connected entrepreneurs) exercise effective democratic control over economic and political decision-making, it would appear that Kenya is suffering not from too much socialism, but from too little. Who can deny that Kenya would be much better off if the hundreds of billions of dollars reportedly diverted through corruption were instead in the hands of organized communities? But is it that easy?
The just concluded repeat elections will be decided in large part based on what voters think about economics. So majority Kenyans are looking into the economic thinking behind much of today’s politics. We’re going to start today with socialism. But socialism has become a large part of the discussion, with many opposition politicians are turning to conservative activists arguing that the nation may be on the road toward a more social disorderliness. There is no evidence that President Kenyatta or any leading Democrat is an avowed socialist. But we I think it would be worth digging a bit deeper into socialism.Right now, the governments of Spain, Portugal, Greece, are headed by socialists. In the recent past, the UK, France, Canada have all been led by socialists. Most countries have an active socialist party, socialism is just one more mainstream way of thinking on talk shows, on political debates, in the papers. However are these applicable on our day to day running of a young African democracy? Ideally with two generations worth of people who never really don’t want to say that they are secretly pushing the country to socialism, a worry thing in Kenya. We all remember what was the outcome of China after the Chairman Mau Sedong. That topic, that opposition is trying the introduce produces both an inability to govern the society at a gut level rejection and hostility to it.”
When one tries to sell an Ideology of social boycotts directing a wide number of citizens to stop using certain products. It’s a long fetched Ideology that won’t last long. Take how companies work. In capitalism, large companies are typically owned by shareholders, directed by a board, and run by a small number of managers. Most workers simply work in exchange for a paycheck. Under socialism, many companies would be owned by the workers and would function as a cooperative. Groups of workers make the decisions: what to produce, how to produce, where to produce, and what to do with the profits that is generated. Whereas on the other hand a truly socialist government would instantly provide free health care to everyone and government jobs programs to employ every single out of work Kenyans along with a host of other county government programs that, these days, it’s hard to imagine the Kenyan government being able to afford. I love it every time he hears the word socialism in the media, even if it’s out of the mouth of an angry and possibly poorly informed critic.
Today for the first time in a long time, socialism is sort of back in the public discourse. I have observe a few discussions on Facebook and elsewhere about socialism, I have come to a few conclusions about the nature of the arguments and the reasons why socialists remain socialists even as we see the utter failure of socialist economies throughout history. Maybe the meme that appears once in a while. In my simple understanding “If socialists understood economics, they wouldn’t be socialists” might be true, but I doubt it. As I see it, the purpose of establishing socialism is to further promote socialism, not improve the lot of a society and certainly not to promote prosperity. First, and most important, the minds of socialists work differently than do the minds of economists that see an economy as a mix of factors of production, prices, final goods, markets, and entrepreneurs that drive the whole route. Those of us who are economists are fascinated by this process because we see human ingenuity, the coordination of the goals of numerous people, and, when the system works, a higher standard of living for most people.
Socialists, however, don’t see what we see. Instead, they see chaos and unequal outcomes. Not everyone benefits, right? In some situations, someone may lose a job or a way of doing things becomes obsolete. In the end, some people won’t be helped at all, at least not directly, and in the mind of someone that has an organic view of society, the fact that certain entrepreneurial actions taken by some individuals have created goods that meet the needs of others is irrelevant. Society should be providing those goods for free! People should not have to pay for what they need! However, I believe that the end of all of this activity is or should be the improvement of life for people in a way that is not predatory and brings about voluntary cooperation among economic actors. In other words, economic activity is a means to an end, and the end is free people gaining in wealth and standards of living. A socialist does not and will not see things this way. The end of socialism is not a higher living standard or even making life better for the poor, as much as a socialist will talk about the well-being of poor people. No, the end of socialism is socialism, or to better put it, the ideal of socialism.
On my final thought, I bet to tell all Kenyan and especially those who do not understand the long term implication of it, that once socialism is established, it will clear and proof that capitalism organizes the material affairs of humankind more satisfactorily than socialism: that however inequitably or irresponsibly the marketplace may distribute goods, it does so better than the queues of a planned economy … the great question now seems how rapid will be the transformation of socialism into capitalism, & not the other way around, as things looked only half a century ago.
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