Authoritarian Socialism vs Libertarian Socialism
As much as we can argue that Socialism is the answer, the very word itself comes to many a persons mind as filthy. In the liberal world that we live in under our right wing governments and very Conservative media, this is what we are led to believe. The argument individuals raise most frequently against Communism and Socialism is that every example of it in the past has resulted in horrendus consequences and there is not one single example in history to show that it can work. Now I agree that there have been some devastating elements of left wing politics in the past, but there have also been equally poor results of right wing Facism. There are many different ideologies of running a country, but whether you are right wing or left wing, there are two forms of these ideologies, Libertarianism or Authoritarianism.
Now if it is so that governments should be the servants of the people, and not their dictators, then they would be libertarian whether their policies are right, left or liberal. Now there have been dreadful forms of Communism in the past, in particular Stalin of Russia who repressed people so much his actions resulted in the deaths of 27 million individuals. However, we also have the unquestionably more criticised Adolf Hitler who led a facist, right wing government into a world war. Both of these dictators along with others led extremely authoritarian governments. They used the repression of their own people to their advantage and had strong control over all decisions made.
Now my argument is that the only previous examples of communism we have are the ones which were radically led by individuals who led very authoritarian forms of the ideology which involved strong repression. However, the authoritarian forms of forms of the right have been equally as unsuccessful. A libertarian form of government is something all countries across the world have lacked for a long time, even in the right wing world that we live in we are still equally repressed, just in a slightly different manner. Most politicians who gain power tend to only know one method, that is to control the people and have strong control over its countries decisions, it is just the more radical leaders that are labelled dictators. Libertarian Socialism is the belief that freedom and equality can be achieved through abolishing authoritarian institutions in all means of life and having a generally decentralized government and stateless society. So this concludes my argument that repression and dictatorship does not represent Communism or Socialism, it just represents one form and the individual running it, under a libertarian Socialist government there would be no authoritative figure in power.