Albert Einstein: Why Socialism?

Opinion (Albert Einstein, “Why Socialism?” 1949): “’I have now reached the point where I may indicate briefly what to me constitutes the essence of the crisis of our time. It concerns the relationship of the individual to society. The individual has become more conscious than ever of his dependence upon society. But he does not experience this dependence as a positive asset, as an organic tie, as a protective force, but rather as a threat to his natural rights, or even to his economic existence. Moreover, his position in society is such that the egotistical drives of his make-up are constantly being accentuated, while his social drives, which are by nature weaker, progressively deteriorate. All human beings, whatever their position in society, are suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society.’”

“This article was originally published in the first issue of Monthly Review (May 1949)…” [at the request of Paul Sweezy (a famous American Marxist political economist, the author of the theory of monopoly capitalism)].

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  1. But man must have the choice whether or not to devote oneself to society.

    Society must not force him to.

    Socialism forces people to behave a certain way.

    That is a prime reason why it is bad.

  2. Baal Hasulam indicated corrections to society. I think the choice is clear. It doesn’t matter what it is called. Communism, Socialism or Capitalism as long as it is altruistic in nature. The wisdom of Kabbalah transcends the methods of social adherence. Capitalism is fine with me, as long as it is Altruistic Capitalism. The lack of an altruistic descriptor dooms all methods to failure. The wisdom of Kabbalah, through education, will be the only true transformation to world society on an altruistic basis. May that be so.

  3. Force implies lack of choice, as a result of lack of understanding.

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