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The word socialism conjures up mixed ideas On the one hand there is this utopia of mutual cooperation among men regardless of status Equality Not the equality expressed in our constitution True equality Equality of wealth - the only equality that matters Socialism the ultimate equalizer which will keep you on the same level regardless of your skill or lack thereof On the opposite hand are vast conspiracies secret police millions of cold blooded murders by men who live in shadow All this was done in the name of ideals Sometimes these leaders ruled with iron fists in order to effectively bring about the revolution other times they were unsure and delusional But always its leaders went on faith Socialism in a sense was a new religion spread more quickly and effectively than the Muslim conquerors and fell within 100 years However it still has many followers around the world who practice it in its evolved states With all of socialisms horrible shortcomings it has subtly worked its way into the places least expected by its founders The idea of an idyllic society lived in cooperation has plagued man since the ancients Platos Republic even has traces of socialism in it The ruling body outlined in the philosophers text had no property and shared everything Christian Doctrine is definitely socialist in nature despite its many contradictions The Middle Ages was essentially ruled by the Catholic Church in the vacuum left by the fall of the Roman Empire in the west The Church tried to denounce the material world even as it became the richest organization in the world The Renaissance saw the rebirth of a socialist movement as people became more rational and moved away from the church towards more scientific fields of thought Thomas Mores Utopia outlined the ideal society where all people lived in harmony without want or need or toil The French Revolution and the Enlightenment further expanded the socialist idea These
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