What leftists tell you, whenever you criticize their socialist ideology, is that it “wasn’t real socialism?”
The Soviet Union, where the state owned the means of production? Somehow not real socialism.
Red China under Mao, where the government owned everything and forced the peasants to follow its every command? Also, somehow not real socialism?
Venezuela? Real socialism. Until it failed, that is.
The fact is, everywhere where the state owned the means of production is “real socialism.”
And what did that “real socialism” look like?
Here’s Solzhenitsyn’s portrait of it from the Gulag Archipelago:
“Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor surpressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers do not exist? And whi was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no Archipelago.
There was a rumor going the rounds between 1918 and 1920 that the Petrograd Cheka, headed by Uritsky, and the Odessa Cheka, headed by Deich, did not shoot all those condemned to death but fed some of them alive to the animals in the city zoos. I do not know whether this is truth or calumny, or, if there were any such cases, how many were there. But I wouldn’t set out to look for proof, either. Following the practice of the bluecaps, I would propose that they prove to us that this was impossible. How else could they get food for the zoos in those famine years? Take it away from the workibg class? Those enemies were going to die anyway, so why couldn’t their deaths support the zoo economy of the Republic and thereby assist our march into the future? Wasn’t it expedient?
That is the precise line the Shakespearean evildoer could not cross. But the evildoer with ideology does cross it, and his eyes remain dry and clear.”
That’s what “real socialism” leads to. We can’t let it happen here.