What are Pros and Cons of Socialism? By: Jackson Flack

Background Information

  • According to the socialist view, individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another.
  • Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it.
  • Socialist want to spread wealth instead of people who would work harder for jobs get more money.
  • Born of a commitment to remedy the economic and moral defects of capitalism, it has far surpassed capitalism in both economic malfunction and moral cruelty.
  • Socialist want everyone to be equal in pay and status.


  • Throughout the Cold War, which pitted the communist Soviet Union and the United States against each other in a struggle for global influence from the early 1950s to 1991, Americans increasingly came to equate both communism and socialism with their enemies.
  • The rise of Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist Party and all the horror it wrought was a major public relations crisis for non-extremist socialist parties.
  • China established a socialist government after WWII, which put two of the biggest countries in the world socialist, the opposite of what the Americans wanted.
  • As many countries around the world were follwing under influence of socialism, Cuba did as well which put one of the closest countries to the U.S. communist.
  • Many countries in Western Europe after WWII were either under Soviet control or were Socialist themselves.


  • A Pro of Socialism is that everyone is equal in getting money causing no real poverty.
  • In socialism, you do not need to make tough decisions, but you barely have any decisions.
  • In socialism, people who do not work as hard as others get lucky and have the same amount of money as the harder job workers do, this is a benefit to lower level job people.
  • Socialism increases workers rights and is more likely to allow more than only two dominate political parties
  • Socialized healthcare means that everyone receives the same minimum healthcare, even if unemployed and unable to pay for medical needs.


  • In the process of Socialism, the government tends to tax overwhelmingly.
  • Higher taxes means it is much harder for entrepreneurs to start new companies and/or restrict existing companies from being very dynamic.
  • A con of Socialism is that you can not earn more money for harder jobs that cause more work, in this case it is worse fot the people who work harder
  • Under socialism, the citizens have very few rights and say in the economy or governement.
  • Critics of socialism contest that the system limits individuals’ freedom to amass as much money as they can and do with it what they please.
  • The government in a Socialistic Government makes all of the decisions for you.

FInal Thoughts

Overall, I think Socialism's cons outweigh the Pros. For example, if I manage a fast food restraunt and I make the same amount of money as someone who is a cashier at one of my restraunts I think that is unfair. Also, I think its unfair that you don't get to make any choices. In this type of government, the government assigns what you should do. I think we should be able to assign ourselves because what if we are not fit for that job they asign us, we would have poor work and not be happy.


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