That would seem to be the mindset of a great many people. The history of socialism however, does not speak well to such an assertion. It does not speak well to a free society, nor to an achieving society, as it promotes an accepted mediocrity and a government defined individual, who essentially ceases to exist. There are many forms and levels of socialism and, as history again demonstrates, each faction will contradict the other for supremacy, no peace here. Socialism is defined as the government control of production and the means of production. Today, by some definitions the word government has been deleted and replaced with community. This is fluff and puff feel good rhetoric, as the community becomes government and controlled by a few.
If by definition the government controls everything and defines everything, what value is a democracy?
If one promotes a socialism, what exactly is one promoting, a Marxist (totalitarian form of socialism) which mandates an equality for all people, except the ruling class. In the mandating of equality, is talent, ambition, achievement all controlled under mandated equality. Is it a socialism based on a fascistic form of government
Certainly under socialism individual desires, as to religious belief and practice must be controlled, as this spawns contradictory views, unless, of course, the government becomes the religion, as again history demonstrates. Free speech cannot exist or freedom of the press, as all voices must speak from the same page.
It is said that, "Democracy is the only road to socialism." But, then under socialism democracy has no value.
Socialism takes many forms and is called by many names and essentially is the government control of all things to include you. Socialism can be found in Fascism, Nazism, Communism and, of course Marxism and regardless of the color of the roses on the bush, the thorns are still present.