If there's one thing Americans hate, it is communism. Right after that comes socialism. These two ideologies (well, actually, they are economic systems part of wider ideologies) are apparently very dangerous; they focus on people, unlike capitalism, which focuses on money. Much better. So which is the superior one?
Let's begin by bringing up the basic points of the ideologies. Now, I'm no expert, so don't take my word for anything. This is just my observation of our "civilized" world.
Communism is the most misunderstood of the three. Everyone hates it, including me. But is this because of the actual ideology? It is all about a system without classes; everyone is equal and everyone gets what they need. Basically, no human being is better than another and all should lead adequate lives. So far so good; communism is good on paper, sort of. But in practice? Well... The one percent takes control and fucks the ninety-nine percent. Not so good. I also think there should be room for personal gain. I'm an author, so I want to make money off my books. If I do well, I should make lots of money. Then, if I'm rich, I will, of course, have a moral responsibility to not be a greedy asshole.
Socialism is very similar—at least it seems like that to me. Pure socialism, as I understand it, is about the government owning everything, for the greater good of the people. To eliminate classes, so that all people are valued equally, the government takes care of everyone and makes sure they lead good, comfortable lives, with healthcare, social security, job security, and so on. Socialism focuses on the welfare of the people. That sounds very good, except a world where the government owns everything seems sort of... bleak. As I said, I think there should be room for personal gain.
Then there's capitalism, the detached ideology and the one Americans love. It is not about people. It is strictly about the economy. All three systems are about the economy, though; all three argue that their way of running things is superior and will be better for the economy. But capitalism has its full focus on money, with no thought of people. This is what Americans love; they want a detached world about money. Money, money, money, money. The government should not have any control, except when it comes to hiding dead aliens and spying on obviously innocent people. And what's the end result? Infringement of freedom and massive corporations controlling everyone (although the former is not about capitalism, but about the United States of America and its "freedom"). Basically, the one percent fucks the ninety-nine (and the government can't touch the rich assholes, so it also fucks the common folk instead).
Where have we heard that before? Oh, right!? Communism also results in the one percent being the dictators of the ninety-nine. I know some Americans will go crazy about this, but capitalism and communism are the same, in the sense that they both cater to the upper one percent. They differ significantly in ideology, but the end result is the same. Okay, communism is worse than American capitalism, which isn't actually pure capitalism. But it's not much worse.
Let's say capitalism is the best economic system: corporations prosper, technology moves forward, and all is good; except the people are poor and miserable, with just a handful of individuals who own the corporations and take control of the masses. I despise this way of thinking, i.e. that the economy is what's the most important.
Whenever the topic is politics—capitalism, socialism, communism—people seem to always be talking about the economy. It's the same when there is an argumentation about the environment: "We can't stop cutting down forest, because it would slow down the economy." This is our twisted view of the world. Humans and Mother Earth are there to serve the economy, which is the only important aspect of the sickness called western civilization.
Outside the western world, many places would have you serve a dictator and/or be murdered for your beliefs, but if you live in a rich, western country, you only live to serve the economy. Sure, we have freedom in the western world, which means it is better than, say, the Middle East or North Korea. We have clean water, food, and law, which makes it better than Africa. This is true. But in countries like America, we see human beings and the very planet that sustains life as resources for financial gain, and we need to stop. We should not build a society centered on the economy, because it does not exist in any tangible way. People, however, exist and should be our main concern. It is more important to make sure all persons lead good lives than it is to run the economy in an efficient and detached way. Remember, the economy is there for the people, not the other way around.
But back to the main topic. And here's a secret: Americans hate socialism, the second misunderstood ideology, but they still have a healthy blend of socialism in their politics. The only problem is that the American government spends their tax dollars on the wrong stuff. Like the army. And spy equipment, so they can know what kind of porn people enjoy. Girl on girl? Maybe even gay!? Yeah, it's pretty stupid.
But the main issue with American government is how confused Americans have become: they think the government is the country and the people are there to serve it, hence why it is treason to reveal how the government breaks the law and violates human rights. But the government is there for the people, not the other way around. The people are the nation, and the government is for the people, by the people. To have it any other way would be a dictatorship. Voting what specific group will control and use the people does not make a country a democracy. The Democrats have a better idea of good politics than the Republicans, sure, but even with the Democrats in office, the government thinks with its small dick and even smaller mind, trying to prove its dick is not so tiny, after all.
How Americans call America the "leader of the free world" and "the land of the free" is something that annoys me infinitely. Unless you count military power as freedom, which would be odd, the U.S. is faaar down the list of the freest countries in the world. To name a few better nations: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand... Shall I go on?
So what kind of ideology do I favor? It's called social democracy, a blend of socialism and capitalism. It is basically what America has, but smarter. What are the hallmarks for this utopian ideology? The government owns what it should own, most importantly hospitals. Taxes may be relatively high and higher the richer one is, but they go to helping people in need: there is a security net, and no one is left behind; that's why you don't see any homeless people in Sweden, except the occasional drunkard and beggars that come from other countries and work for criminal organizations. In a social democracy, corporations are privately owned, but they can't just enslave everyone, thanks to laws and unions. Basically, in a social democracy, there is room for private gain without anyone becoming a dictator through insane wealth. Social democracy is not perfect, but that's mainly because some want to change it into something more akin to America, where the workers are powerless and the rich dominate.
Americans sort of live under the rule of social democracy, only they suck at it and for some reason fear it. The government should not try to improve American lives with healthcare and such; it would be evil and is not what Jesus would have wanted... apparently. Because we all know Jesus taught us not to help our fellow man and to be as greedy as possible, right? The government should instead piss away money on uneducated soldiers and expensive killing equipment, so the U.S. can teach the rest of the world a lesson. But here's a lesson for you, America: Get your shit straight; then help everyone else.