man, id everybody in this thread flogging nonsense they dont understand?
capitalism is not evil, socialism is not good, all taxes are not socialism, all profit is not theft, individual failure is not the fault of either the federal governemnt or a coroporate conspiracy (unless there actually is govt or corporate malfeasance, in which case, take it to the courts). all social programs are not an example of apostate marxist wickedness, or angelic marxist purity of purpose.
heres some information that might help you figure out why both you and sistermaryelephant are wrong as wrong can get.
Marxism: detailing and dealing with the (harebrained) philosophies of Karl Marx, a pampered bouregois German political philosopher, and Beard Aficionado from the late 19th century. his wcky idead have failed every time they are tried, and only take root in the fertile ignorance of dimwitted peasant mobs or dopey college kids looking for a new cause to embrace after they finish their first Poli Sci lecture.
Communism: a fantasyland where all the pretty ponies share everything. there is no currency, markets, personal property, government, or authority. everyone shares and shares alike, it's not Your apple, it's THE apple. any-pony who wants to take a bite may simply do so, and no-pony objects, because apparently in equestria apples grow free and wild, requiring no effort or maintenence, provide their bounty all year long, require no storage or any other measures to prepare for winter. Every-pony works, every-pony pays, every-pony shares, every-pony benefits. how? no-pony can say. Protip: read the ant and the grasshopper kids.
Socialism: A middle ground designed to facilitate the "re-education" of the foolish workers who think they own the sweat of their brow into the wisdom of communist marxist thought. a little bit of propaganda and a lot of force over many years will eventually demonstrate the rightness of marxist communist ideology. once everybody understands the genius of marx, the politburo will release their control, disband their forces, throw open the doors to their dachas, and embrace their simple new life as peasant farmers just like everyone else. if you believe that youre not paying attention.
Capitalism: you own yourself, you own your sweat, you own the fruits of your labour, and anyone who wants a piece of your action must trade you something of value with your consent for your efforts. lack of perfection, and fairness does not invalidate the idea, the long track record of success demonstrated by capitalism through the ages (republican rome to the USA) speaks for itself. where there is more capitalism, there is more success,, up to a point, where the greedy acquisitive nature of certain persons results in their embracing variously slavery, violence, extortion, and fraud to enrich themselves. as long as the depraved urges of the lowest common denominator are kept in check by regulations designed to prevent fraud, theft, or violence, capitalism builds great societies. (not to be confused with The Great Society)
Anarchism: uncontrolled unrestrained freedom from all concerns save one's own base desires. the guy with the gun makes the rules, the next guy with a gun makes new rules, the next guys makes new ones too, until you get a gun, you have to follow these rules or get shot in the face. it's the communist utopia revealed as the Fruitopia it would ultimately become. see Fallout 3 and Mad Max for more details.
Society: mutual sharing to promote the common good. if you dont want to pay any taxes, go live in ted kaczynski's cabin and write your manifesto in your own feces, and spare us all your mischief.