I had a big well thought out reply to you, but then I lost it when my browser refreshed. That's extremely annoying. Instead of typing it all out again, I'm just going to say this, your idea of socialism is extremely incorrect. It's not just handing out welfare cheques, it's providing well-being and opportunities to all. That includes education and health care. If you give everyone an even playing field and they fail, then you don't have to give them welfare, because they failed on their own. Right now they get welfare because the system fails them. That said, there are some people that will always deserve welfare cheques including widowed single mothers, disabled, etc.
I just want to say that I agree that the sky should be the limit. I agree that competiton has value (I'm not a communist), and I even see value in consumerism (as an economics major I almost have to). I just don't agree with expoiting people who are already lesser off than you so you can make an extra dollar on top of the millions you already have.
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'Itâ??s a wonder I havenâ??t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.' - Anne Frank