@joe waskiewicz You are the one who needs to pull your head out of your anus, because you have been brainwashed by the corporate controlled propaganda.I know its not easy to accept, I had to work hard to break my own conditioning as well. The USSR/eastern block propagandized that they had achieved socialism. The west furthered that propaganda by pointing at their failures and calling it “communism.” In actual fact the USSR only ever was able to achieve a state controlled version of capitalism, further hampered by a militarism/imperialism that wouldn’t go away from their czarist period. China on the other hand has also adopted a state controlled capitalist model, and is having more economic success than the USSR with it, though it has not created any thing even close to socialism for its people, and is destroying the world with its economic “success.”Western Europe, also never had socialism. They merely attempted to incorporate some elements of the so called “social democracy” into their capitalist systems. The largest banking and investment firms and many large multinational corporations have been doing just fine for decades in a very non-socialist Western Europe.
No, Capitalism does not work over time. Over time it accumulates more and more wealth at the top. Because it constantly seeks to produce more things more efficiently, it creates an overproduction of materials, and must find alternate ways to sell the overproduction, so it then creates debt which it can sell in order to allow the consumer base to buy the overproduction. In the long term this is unsustainable, as all of the recent banking crises are proving. Also capitalism regards both labor and the environment as resources to be exploited for the profits they can deliver. A democratically controlled economy would value humans and their environment as a higher priority than profit. True socialism and true democracy (and even true anarchy—sometimes called libertarian-socialism) are one and indistinguishable from one another. It would represent the pinnacle of human social achievement, since its never yet been applied on a national scale. What the United States calls democracy is laughable. Its a corporate-military oligarchy, with a bit of democratic show sprinkled in to distract the public while the world is being destroyed.