“Eight Rough and Random Thoughts on Socialism” first appeared on PoliticalAffairs.net on April 22, 2010. Read it on PoliticalAffairs.net.
(1) Socialism has its material roots in the inability of capitalism to solve humanity’s problems. Working people gravitate toward a radical critique of society out of necessity, out of a sense that the existing arrangements of society (people don’t necessarily call it capitalism) fail to fulfill their material and spiritual needs. It is no coincidence that around the time of the economic meltdown last fall, public opinion polls showed growing support for socialism.