Some of the other threads have inspired discussions of life under socialism. Many find it threatening, others civilizing. I think history has recorded accurately that it is deeply flawed, but there is more to the debate than simple economics. Just as the superior GDP growth of a totally capitalist society does not mean it is the ideal environment, the apparent leisure and carefree attributes of socialism mask an underlying threat. Author and commentator Thomas Sowell has written that socialism seeks to treat people as livestock. People in a socialist society have their basic needs met, after a fashion, but they lack control over important aspects of their lives. Something as basic as where you live can be a decision for the Housing Cpommitte, not you. The allure of free medical care loses some luster when you cannot choose your physician. Of course, everyone has a job, if they want one, but the Labor Committee will tell you where you work. Some rights lib's here are obsessed with are protected, like the right to an abortion, even if you don't want one. How many children to have is a decision for the state to help you with. At least the elderly can live in dignity. Well, unless they need medical care. No sense wasting it on people who are about to die anyway. Of course, exceptions can be made. For the Party elites. Some farm animals are more equal than others, it seems.