Socialism fails every time it is tried. Name me a single really successful socialist society. On the other hand, name me a single failed community (local or national) that embraces free enterprise. Why is that? Because "freedom" requires personal responsibility and self reliance from it's citizens while socialism requires "victimization" philosophy. Since it's soooooo much easier to be a "victim" than it is to work for what you want, socialism appeals to the greedy, the uneducated and the just plain stupid. Politicians discovered this ages ago and has become the basis for our own political system. Until we disenfranchise non-taxpayers and impose term limits, we will never be able to ameliorate this problem.