Socialism is a wonderful and supremely Christian idea. Basically, it means making some sort of sacrifice to ensure the well-being of people less well-off than yourself. I would say it also means:
“From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.”
….. but like the idea of socialism itself, this once-inspiring soundbite has been tarnished by its Marxist origins and the history of so-called communist Soviet Union, even though it was not Marx’s fault that Stalin ensured that many people equate communism with totalitarianism.
Trying to forget the aberrations of the USSR, there is really no moral alternative to “socialism”, the opposite of which is of course “Every man for himself.” Yet this wonderful idea does not in fact have the universal support it would seem to deserve. Why then do “socialists” so often lose elections?
Well, …….the problem is that if it is not to do more harm than good, socialism must be designed and administered by people who:
understand economics and human psychology (both equally important)
conclude from 1. that only a certain amount of “capitalism” can create the wealth needed for “socialism” to succeed
operate on the basis of commonsense, pragmatism, a dose of altruism and an absence of dogma and class hatred