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Socialism and Communism When comparing the ideologies of socialism and communism to liberalism it is easy to see many different approaches to defining personal freedom The most basic issue to which socialist disagree with liberals is on the idea of human nature Socialist thinkers do not agree whether there is such a thing as human nature but feel that human behaviors and values can be shaped to be social and cooperative through institutions created by either government or society in general Socialists say that liberalism is bad for people because it does not provide a sufficient basis for society Liberalism is inherently unjust and emphasizes on individuality at the same time protecting the interests of the bourgeois while the working class is being exploited Socialists ideology promotes the class over the individual Socialists feel the people should work together and not be concerned about individuality but rather improving the society in general Socialist thinkers do not feel people work better as individuals but that people know that we need to work together to survive Human beings are by nature social or communal creatures Individuals do not live or work or reproduce the species in isolation but in cooperation with one another In a liberal society private property is the root of all evil Socialism promotes no private property All land is owned by the society and any products created from that society is also everyones property This means that society as a whole and not private individuals should own and control property for the benefit of all This is the fundamental conviction that all socialists share Socialists believe that this creates equality Doing away with private property also abolishes classes You no longer have a master slave relationship since there are no longer masters of the land Equality is the basis for personal freedom on the socialist point of view With everyone starting at the same point the opportunities each person have
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