Why Socialism?

Posted by Poplicola 5 years, 11 months ago to Economics
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It never ceases to amaze me how naive men of science are when it comes to politics.

Here we have Albert Einstein advocating for socialism and slandering Capitalism despite the weight of historical experimental evidence that the former is a disaster and the later has brought us the wonders of the modern world.
SOURCE URL: http://monthlyreview.org/2009/05/01/why-socialism/

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  • Posted by $ WilliamShipley 5 years, 11 months ago
    Sigh. One of the things I noticed, interestingly at a science fiction convention, was that scientists tend to be socialists and engineers tend to be capitalists.

    And, if you think about it, that makes perfect sense since much of the split has to do with whether you see the world as a zero-sum game.

    If you are a scientist, you create nothing. You discover the nature of the world which already exits. This inclines you to the zero sum game attitude that the universe is there to be shared.

    If you are an engineer, you create things. You know the world is not a zero sum game and that through your efforts you can create more for everyone.

    This is, of course, an over generalization. There is also the fact that Einsten, like all academics, lived in an essentially socialist world.
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