Why Socialism? by Albert Einstein

In 1949, 16 years after he migrated to the USA, Albert Einstein, probably the most brilliant mind the human race developed in the 20th century if not of all time, wrote a pamphlet endorsing socialism.

The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil.

I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.

Read the rest of his pamphlet here.

Those people who think socialism is bad, need to put together a better case against socialism than Einstein put forward FOR it. Who are the leading intellectuals that have spoken out against socialism and what were their arguments?

Instead of these simplistic rants that I’m seeing bandied about, I’d love to see some intelligent discussion, IF you’re all capable of it.

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