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Socialism FAQ

The Bullshit asymmetry principle, or Brandolini’s law:

The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.

Contents

Socialism FAQ

Didn’t communism fail? It works in theory but not in practice.

What about human nature?

Schools of thought

On Ultra-leftism / Left-Communism

Did economic planning work?

Who would sweep the floors under communism?

What about cooperatives?

What about democracy? Can’t voting fix our problems?

Pacifism and Violence

What would X be like under communism?

On Economics and Sociology

On Nationalism and Internationalism

On Women’s Liberation

On Race and Class

On Guns / Firearms / Violence

On Capitalism

On Liberalism

On Leninism

Further reading

On Trotskyism

On India

On the USSR

Did the Soviet Union repress and kill millions of people?

Did the Soviet Union and the Warsaw pact nations have functioning democracies?

Was Soviet Socialism an economic failure?

Did the citizens of the Soviet Union dislike their government?

Further reading

On Mao, Maoism, and Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and the PRC

Is China State Capitalist?

Much credit to /u/bayarea415

Is China a Democracy?

Workers rights

Is China Imperialist?

What about the Hong Kong protests?

What about China spying on its own people?

What’s going on with the Uyghurs?

What about the Falun Gong?

What about the Tiananmen square massacre?

What is Radio Free Asia?

Did Mao kill millions of people?

Was the PRC a totalitarian dictatorship?

On the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

On Cuba

Was Che a murderer and/or a racist?

Is Cuba a functioning democracy or a terrible place to live?

On North Korea

Do North Koreans believe in unicorns and think Kim Jong-Un is immortal?

Is the DPRK a Fascist Monarchy?

Further reading

On Venezuela

People

Whats so bad about Elon Musk?

Whats so bad about Bill Gates?

What’s so bad about George Orwell?

John McCain

What about the new atheists? (Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens)

Gandhi

Noam Chomsky

What’s wrong with Bernie Sanders?

What’s wrong with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What’s wrong with Elizabeth Warren?

Kamala Harris

Much credit to this post.

Pete Buttigieg

Joe Biden

Greta Thunberg

Slavoj Zizek

What’s wrong with Barack Obama?

Imperialism

Empowering Finance Capital

Mass Imprisonment

Mass surveillance

More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Much credit to David Kinder’s current affairs article, the rise of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg cult.

Native peoples, immigrants, and treatment of minorities.

Law and Order

Others

Others

Other Topics

Why are socialists against bitcoin mining?

Did atom bombs really end WW2?

What about overpopulation / unsustainability?

Why don’t socialists support a UBI / Universal Basic income?

DSA / Jacobin

VaushV

Buddhism

/r/MoreTankieChapo

Others