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Why Socialism Isn't Actually a Bad Thing

Updated on April 15, 2016
Bernie Sanders, one of the democratic candidates running for president of the United States.
Bernie Sanders, one of the democratic candidates running for president of the United States.

With Bernie Sanders still in the race to becoming America's next President there's been a lot of discussion about Socialism, which people seem to have very strong opinions about. In a country like the United States of America where socialism is still somewhat foreign to a lot of people it is understandable that people are skeptical. But socialism isn't as bad as some people make it out to be. And here's why:

Socialism is NOT About Giving People Free Stuff

I have lost count on how many times I've heard people say that "Bernie supporters just want free stuff!" It's true, Bernie supporters do want all those things that democratic socialism can offer but it's not free.

It's funded by taxes.

Now before you start complaining about how you don't want to pay for other people's college, hospital visits, etc. then ask yourself this, "what do I get out of it?"

You get the opportunity to go to college without putting yourself in debt because you have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition money and so do your children.

You can get medicine and medical treatment whenever you need it without going bankrupt or losing your job because your condition causes you to be absent from work over a longer period of time.

You won't be thrown out on the streets if old age or disability prevents you from holding a job.

And you won't have to go to work right after giving birth or quit your job to be with your child because you get at least six months of paid maternity leave.

Socialis is NOT "Paid for by Everybody Else"

Do you have a Netflix account? If you do think about why you have it.

You paid a monthly fee for your membership and in return you get access to lots of movies and tv shows that you are free to watch whenever you want. Why did you choose this option instead of just buying the movies or tv shows you want to watch separately. Because it's cheaper, easier and because it is a good bargain.

Now think of your taxes as a subscription fee. You pay your taxes and in return the government gives you access to a ton of benefits like medical treatment, the opportunity to go to school, medical leave or maternity leave with the guarantee that you have a job to return to. You earned all this by paying your taxes, you're not taking anything from anybody.

Socialism is NOT Making People Lazy

There will always be those who take advantage of the system that's true just like there are those who hide their money in an offshore bank to avoid paying taxes, both are wrong but don't take the opportunities away from everyone else just because of a few bad apples.

Wanting financial stability when you're retired is NOT laziness. They worked their ass off for decades and paid their fair share of taxes, they deserve it.

Wanting to spend time with your newborn is NOT laziness. It's not about the woman it's about the baby and the baby needs the love and care from its parents, especially in the beginning. A new mother shouldn't be forced to go back to work mere days after she's had her baby if she wants to keep her income and/or her job.

Wanting a free education is NOT laziness. Education is such an important thing to have and it is something that everyone should have the opportunity to get no matter how rich or poor their parents are. A nation filled with educated people benefits everyone because who wants to be surrounded by a bunch of uneducated people? Students should be seen as an investment not a way to make profit.

So before you dismiss socialism as a bad idea you might want to think about what kind of positive impact it would have on both your life and the life of your neighbor and you might want to take a bit of time to consider whether or not the possible consequences of socialism could be worth it in the end. Denmark is a country, which prides itself on being a welfare state and it has been named the happiest country on Earth several times. It is worth considering.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Socialism is most certainly the way to go. the current system of capitalism has always been an unfair system (though encouraging people to try to succeed) that only rewards those at the top while largely ignoring the poor, disabled and needy. Socialism makes for a much more balanced and, as in Denmark "happier" society. Good hub. Go Bernie.

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      Wavie 2 years ago

      Thank you for the tip. I saw that symbol a lot and didn't think too much of it.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      :) Thx. Good luck on HP.

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      Wavie 2 years ago

      I know I didn't plan to use this picture but I couldn't find a public domain picture of Bernie to use.

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      CJ Kelly 2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      While I like your passion for the subject, I think the use of the hammer and sickle is not the best move for your cause. You can separate socialism from communism. It is not the same thing. To me, that symbol is like a swastika, a very ugly symbol of a destructive ideology. I personally know a lot of folks who fled communist oppression and fought against that flag. Maybe a picture of Bernie Sanders in its place? Eugene Debs? Might work better.

      I'm not a Democrat but I like Bernie for one reason: he's honest. Doesn't pretend to be something he is not. Some Democrats pretend to share his beliefs (Hillary), while others just deny them. So good for Bernie. I like his fight.