(Original post by TheNervousWreck)
The only incentive in a socialist economy is the threat of punishment. Negative, negative, negative.
Through struggle, namely industrial action (strikes and occupations) and persistent lobbying of the government. Trade unionists, workers and socialists have brought you:>Human rights;
>The right to love without persecution;
>The right to vote;
>Out of work benefits;
>A national minimum wage;
>The abolition of child labour;
>Improved worker safety;
>Improving living standards by reducing the number of hours in the working week and encouraging a healthy work/life balance;
>Better protection of migrant workers and a reduction in exploitation;
>Minimum holiday and sickness entitlements.
And much much more. Socialists realise capitalism WAS a big step forward in our human development. However; every system runs it's course as society progresses. We now have a big, strong working class. We can do an awful lot more if we recognise our power and that WE are the ones being held to ransom by a corrupt, failing capitalist system. So if you like the gains won by your fellow working man, maybe it's time to stop supporting the oppressors and join the socialists.