As Milibands popularity apparently plummets and the Labour Party seems to be struggling for a new position in the political spectrum maybe the time has come for the party to return to its roots closer towards Socialism. Consequently there is a debate doing the rounds of our house over what constitutes true socialism (party animal that i am), though as we are pretty much in agreement its more a collusion than a debate. Personally i see socialism as the individual, regardless of status or class, contributing to the greater good of all. I have no problem with big earners in society so long as they pay a fair tax. Given the fact we are all mutually interdependent upon one another then it is in the interests of all to ensure that the state is funded properly and that all strata`s of society are cared for. The play An Inspector Calls is a great example of the growing encroachment of socialism on society v the protectionist conservative rich elite and how we are all socially responsible for each other.
Others see socialism as just spending other peoples money, a quote that Margaret Thatcher made famous. Some see it as just being anti Tory and announce mock offence at every enactment of every Tory policy regardless of its content. Many others see socialism as the state`s responsibility to provide for them regardless of previous or current input into the state. This i see as intolerable and far worse than any Tory policy as it justifies the right wing outlook upon the poor as just taking rather than giving. We all know a sick note at work, always off with dubious health issues but well enough to do the things they enjoy or those claiming disability but well enough to jobs round the house or play on the computer. These sorts of people merely take from the state without contributing yet claim to be socialist the moment the Conservatives want to crack down on it via agencies such as ATOS. What these people don’t (or refuse to see) is that if they weren’t exploiting the state for what they can get out of it then there would be no need for the contemptuous presence of ATOS or the perfidious influence of Jobseekers. I guess your outlook falls into one of three camps.
Karl Marx: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need
Margaret Thatcher: The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money
Inspector Goole: One Eva Smith has gone – but there are millions and millions and million of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other