Gerald Books: The Difference Between Socialism and Capitalism Is in Decision Making | Letters to the Editor

The only line that separates the idea of ​​capitalism and socialism is the ownership of the means of production. The author’s suggested need for a level playing field and the ability and purpose of socialism is to achieve this; and furthermore, to declare that this is where capitalism should be played, you have to go out into the real world and see what socialism has actually achieved.

If you own and operate a business in the United States, however regulated and taxed it may be, you own it. This newspaper is an example because it makes a profit (after tax, etc.). More importantly, because there exists in a nation that has a constitution which as written limits the government it forms and further specifies certain rights that it cannot regulate so that the owners are free to print or not what they choose.

As beautiful as the meaning of socialism may seem, it is still rooted in the common ownership of the means of production. This is where the line is drawn. More often than not, the owner has the final say (even with multiple owners, the final decisions are theirs). In socialism with its idea of ​​common property, the final decisions are not decided by the multitude. They may be offered choices, but those choices are offered by a specific group or person.

Again, the difference is in the decision making. If the individual owner’s decision is incorrect, the failure is theirs. If the expert and educated appointee make the wrong choice, everyone suffers (but still holds their position). Communism is generally not far behind.

The Chinese Communist Party led by Deng Xiaoping 40 years ago gave farmers individual control (ownership still remained with the state) and from then on it began to prosper; just the fact that they allowed the individual to own part of his work (capitalism). In industry, the same has been given too, to seek profit.

The November 2012 issue of National Geographic, Cuba’s New Now, page 51, at the end of the second paragraph says, “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work. Communists and not capitalists run this nation.

In the third to last paragraph on, the Soviet authorities had the almost unshakeable belief that man could transcend nature. However, when the authorities had to admit that there were environmental problems in the USSR in the 1980s, they explained the problems in such a way that socialism had not yet been fully developed; pollution in a socialist society was only a temporary anomaly which would have been resolved if socialism had developed.

However one might want to juggle the balls, the individual who made them, owns them and enjoys the performance work is more likely happier than the individual who is locked in by the decisions of social norms that dictate their performance, without remuneration. or applause. A level playing field is an idea that belongs to the flat earth society class; the earth is not flat and neither is life.