Alas, the Republic will fade into history, and in another generation or two, not even a memory. There was cynical wisdom in the opinion of Roman ruling elite.... "Give them bread and circuses, and they will not revolt". Socialism offers exactly that. Of course, it never ends well. When the policies fail, specific groups are targeted for blame. The stage is set for exactly that strategy..... "the Rich", the 1%, .... splintering the population into blocs by race, religious faith, sex, the haves, the have-nots... sowing suspicion, mistrust, even hatred. Makes it easy to single out the most convenient group to blame, isolate, and eliminate. This will not end well.