Socialism can be very simply defined as "wealth redistribution by force" , a principle a great many South African white farmers are learning all about these days as the product of generations of labour and effort is being stolen by their home state in the interests of their home state.
Wealth redistribution by force sounds wonderful to the poor, but will the poor get jack after the smoke has cleared and the bodies burned and buried? Or will they find themselves under a real tyranical system run by overlords who have not the most basic understanding of how real wealth is created in the first place?
Robin Hood, who famously stole from the rich to give to the poor, set an example for all who envy the wealth and privilege of the elite among them. He didn't let old-fashioned principles like "thou shalt not steal" stop him from his self-appointed mission. And any objections from the "wealthy" went largely unheard as they found themselves newly impoverished. And hahaha went the crowd of "poor" , happy to be the beneficiaries of Robin's bold and illicit actions. Much like today!
Do we hear many objections from the millions benefiting from the effects of massive amounts of taxation inflicted on today's "elite" which includes pretty much everything with a pulse? No, nary a complaint is harvested from the beneficiaries. Shockingly we do not. This is sarcasm for those who need this pointed out.
So back to the initial question now, will the "poor" benefit from the major wealth redistribution by force increasingly likely to take place all over the planet, or will they find themselves even worse off than they were at the hands of that hideous monster, "capitalism"?
Any expectations of the current Robin Hood behaving any better than " capitalists" after taking full control of every aspect of our lives is patently false. More information, more power, more control over the lives of others only feeds the lust for more, a fact demonstrated all over the planet ever since Eve discovered the control they wield over men in ????AD when she figured that out in Eden.
As the movie "my Big Fat Greek Wedding" informs us: "the man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head wherever she wants!" But I digress. Lol.
No. We don't need to do more than take a stroll through any of our major cities to find examples of individuals whose needs are being completely ignored by the machinery of the state, often to and beyond the point of death. Another stroll through Gov't office buildings yields another story. Starvation, ill-fitting, smelly clothing and faces looking hopefully for a donation are noticeably absent in those corridors.
And this is why attempts to change the situation as it now stands are practically hopeless. I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that ever more taxation, ever expanding Gov't control over the population is the most likely outcome we can expect until the entire top-heavy system crashes and burns due to the sheer mass of it all bearing down on the few actual producers of consumable products.
In fact, this would likely have happened a long time ago in most nations were it not for the invention of modern mechanization making it possible for an individual to produce massive amounts of product while most of the social framework, takes its ease.
The question occurs then: is there a problem? Well there definitely is for those who fall between the floorboards and are not able to access either meaningful employment or social benefits. Other than that, restlessness and despair, addictions and other self-destructive tendencies are a by-product of lack of a meaningful and productive lifestyle.
As a friend once quipped: "idle workshops are the devils hands."
Also the inevitable jealousy that results when too much wealth is concentrated in the hands of, (this time) those who did not earn it but rather confiscated it with threat of force and forgot the second part of Sir Robin's mandate...