The Pros And Cons Of A Socialist Society

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There have been many attempts to have a socialist society from countries all over the world. Looking at those governments abroad, we can see that a socialist society would lead to a undesirable living conditions. A true form of equality would not coerce citizens to pay a majority of their income to be distributed among others within a community. The principal of socialist equality of opportunity removes attempts to remove disadvantages that they are born into; therefore, individuals cannot control their disadvantages. This can include socioeconomic status, race, gender or religion. Socialist equality of opportunity would essentially establish equal hourly pay for everyone, shared properties and require some type of contribution from everyone within a community. Taking this into account, there are ways to combat inequality without the need to switch to a socialist system of government. While many praise socialist societies for their potential efficiency, the principals of a socialist society as described by Cohen are morally undesirable because it decreases basic human rights and self-choices, decreases relative mobility, dismisses the hard working nature and talent of individuals, violating personal freedoms, encouraging “big government,” and creating a lack of individual ownership of properties.
Cohen explains his ideal socialist society by using a camping trip as
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Like all of the supplies on the camping trips, all of the will belong to everyone. It is not morally desirable for someone to have to share a property collectively between among a groups. Citizens that would have have to collectively share would wait to basic products and services. How efficient is it to have to wait to use a car, lawnmower or computer? It is much easier and desirable to have private ownership so you can use the property immediately at will. Cohen’s vision of everyone sharing collectively would not go smoothly in

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