Originally Posted by russianrocket
We need MOSTLY naturally. Socialism leans towards mosttly artificial.
The community is supposed to help people, where big business won't. Not the government. The government can only put out sweeping generalized reform and causes more problems then it solves. And, usually costs more in the long run.
Why should the community help people instead of the government? Larger governments are much more capable of helping people than a community, in the same way that a large insurance company can offer lower premiums than a small one. With more people to help and to share the costs of helping, specialization of labor and economies of scale can develop as opposed to local community help.
Also, the government is capable of putting out more than sweeping generalized reform- you just don't hear about it because it's not newsworthy. Most specialized small scale reform or programs are too small to warrant main stream news coverage. The news would not report it if the government started a program specifically targeted to help a small niche population, even if it was widely successful in helping them, because it is not newsworthy to most viewers.
That doesn't mean that such programs don't exist or can't exist.
Also, where do you get the statistics that government programs invariably, in all cases (or even a majority of cases), cause more problems than they solve or cost more in the long run?
In addition, those problems are not specific to the government. Even in private industry, many business initiatives cause unintended problems and cost more than projected.
Such failures are due to limited human predictive abilities. They're not specific to government.