The problem with socialism is that you can't hurt those evil rich bastards without hurting "the poor" even worse. With capitalism, meanwhile, rich people can only make money selling goods and services to people who have money to buy. Thus people under a free market economy inter-depend on each other for their own prosperity. Why does oil-rich Venezuala have so much rampant, stagnant poverty despite its oil riches? Easy answer: socialist policies. But poor people often find it irresistable to vote (those who enjoy the right to!) for promises of "sharing the wealth." Socialism succeeds only in one thing: making its advocates feel good about themselves.