Another contradiction of socialism - their definition of 'class' Engineer with 7-figure contracts & no ownership of the firm: "working class, rise up!" Shopkeeper who sunk the last of his savings into a corner store so he could work independently: "capitalist class, hang him!" To the socialist, income and means do not matter. It is simply a clean divide between "who owns property" and "who doesn't". And fair enough, owning property is a good thing, more people should strive toward it. But they should strive towards EXCLUSIVE, not COLLECTIVE, ownership. The ultimate problem with their view is that they think the skilled, educated worker who makes bank but is still employed by another person, should feel oppressed, while the entrepreneur whose business breaks even or even operates at a loss, is an oppressor and must be purged. This naturally leads to hate of the "petite bourgeoisie", and with that the mask is off. They dislike people who are independent. Who truly own their own means of production. They want everybody to be a serf in 'collective ownership', rather than free in 'exclusive ownership'. If you reject their centralized, collectivized system, you're an oppressor to them, and it's because freedom is oppressive to socialism. Simple as that.
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