"The classes and the races, too weak to master the new conditions of life, must give way. [. . .] they must perish in the revolutionary holocaust."
- Karl Marx
It's interesting that in recent times, socialism has been successfully re-branded and white-washed as a feel-good ideology where everyone gets what they need, everyone is equal and nice to each other, greed and poverty are erased, brotherhood of man reigns eternal, etc. In many ways, socialism is more popular now than it ever has been because people are less honest about it now than they ever have been. Ardent socialists either make excuses or simply refuse to turn their heads and look back at the history of the ideology they espouse.
The simple fact is that no other political philosophy has been so closely linked to mass murder and oppressive dictatorship as socialism. Except in the realm of lofty conjecture and theory, socialism in practice is defined by brutal, genocidal regimes and a complete lack of respect for human life and dignity. The history and future of socialism is haunted by Communist China, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany, the three most murderous regimes in history. All three were socialist, either national or international. All three abused innocent people in horrific ways we could never imagine. But why?