Isn't socialism too idealistic and utopian?


Common Objections to Socialism Answered:
from The People, October 5, 1991, pages 1, 6.

Isn't socialism too idealistic and utopian? How are you going to build such a society?


A proposed social change would be too idealistic or utopian if it depended upon people following an ideal that was contrary to their material interest. But that is not the case with socialism. Socialism is grounded in material realities.

It is grounded in the reality that it is now objectively and physically possible for society to meet the basic human needs and wants of all the people -- and more.

It is grounded in the reality that capitalism stands as an obstacle to society realizing this potential to meet the needs and wants of all.

It is grounded in the reality that society's sole useful producers -- the working class, which includes all who do productive work, mental or physical -- are increasingly being denied their material needs and wants under the present system. Thus the modern working class has both a motive and the potential power to replace the present system with socialism. All that's missing is for workers to recognize their true interests as a class, understand the socialist goal, and begin organizing as a class to establish it.

Thus, socialism is realistic. The workers already collectively occupy the industries every day and operate them from top to bottom. The only thing they don't do is own them, control them, and control their product. Properly organized, they can rectify that, and build an economic system that will truly serve the social interest. And given the serious and growing problems that the capitalist system has created, socialism is not only realistic, it is essential to human survival and social progress. To build socialism, workers must organize on both the political and economic fields. For more on that subject, turn to the article on page 5.