I've read most of this thread, especially this second page.
Firstly, the "experiment" is decidedly bull----. I think that was established, as there is no evidence to suggest that it happened and it is also filled with fallacies or assumptions. It's a common argument and has just enough "logic" to make people believe it must be undoubtedly true.
Imagine a society where no one worried about money. We all worked for our own personal growth along with the betterment of ourselves and everyone around us. There is no famine, no poor, no greedy super-rich... Everyone has what they need to be happy and comfortable. Government is run by consensus and everyone gets an equal say and the decisions benefits all.
Does that sound BAD to anyone!? That's called Utopian Socialism/Communism. It can't really work here on Earth, yet, because we don't have a great means for achieving the political aspect of it (which is the Communism part). Anyone like Star Trek? Yeah, it's pretty much the same, aside from they got rid of money in that future (probably the smartest thing ever).
Socialism fails because of greed, in the most simple of my opinions (< key word). When we hold our own success and wants (not needs!) above those of everyone else, it creates a competition where there are always going to be winners and losers. When there is only so much in the world, those who get "more" do so at the cost of others getting "less." This problem is a lot simpler in Star Trek as their Replicators can build most of anything a person *needs* and it uses matter, which for all intents and purposes means there's an unlimited supply available to a space-traveling society (then you hit the rarer stellar materials and get wars
). Hmmm... I've realized, as well, that the bad guys of the Federation are usually the ones taking advantage of the system for power/position/fame (all greed!!!).
Okay, I'll stop with the Star Trek analogies...
Anyhow, to comment on my opinion of the current state of U.S. or global economics, I'll suggest a short video that does a great job of simplifying things.
Look up "Wealth Inequality in America" on Youtube.
Short story? We don't need Socialism, and we don't even need the "Ideal" that most Americans believe the income disparity should be. If only the disparity were
as bad as people *think* it is, everyone would be more satisfied than the actuality. The top 5% would be a little worse off, but still have far more than their needs, and just as much more than their actual work effort justifies.
Thanks for indulging me.