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Interesting essay on socialism
on 4 August 2016
This is worth reading for The Case For Socialism essay alone – because it’s so amusingly misguided and wrong-headed. What’s fascinating is that one of the great brains of the 20th century gets it so totally wrong; this is telling - ‘experts’ can and do get it wrong (maybe Michael Gove had a point…).
Virtually everything Russell says in it has been proved not to be the case. In fact, the complete opposite has been true in many cases. For instance, he says that only socialism can give people more leisure time – nope, it’s capitalism that has given people more leisure time. He says that only public bodies can plan successfully, and predict changes in the marketplace. No, private companies are far more responsive to changes, they can react to such things with far greater speed and efficiency. All this has been demonstrably proved. Margaret Thatcher destroyed people like Russell’s arguments, and only since then have we been able to discount these damaging points of view (which is why socialists despise her).
So the book is fascinating: a learned man can get so much right (on religion, for example) and so much wrong. Learn from that. Read this book, but trust your instincts.