As much as we wrangle on this MB, I don't wish anybody ill.
There are nut jobs on both the left and the right that do wish those who disagree with them ill. Disagreement is healthy in a democracy. I think ideologues are brain dead idiots. They can't think for themselves. They let their political masters think for them and they parrot the lies and exaggerations of their masters without any though what so ever.
They are vile and brain dead zombies.
I believe that socialism is evil. I arrived at this belief by studying history and seeing what is happening in Europe. I am a conservative by choice not by ideological rants from the right. I really don't believe the left can look at history and what is going on in Europe and logically justify an evil and bankrupt ideology.
I wish we could have a civil, logical discourse but that will never happen. I must admit I am just as guilty as anybody of turning this debate into a shouting match.
Good points. I tend to see things fiscally conservative but socially liberal. I make it a point to read and watch the other side and not get stuck just taking information from those with the same view as myself. Both sides are guilty of conformational bias. Facts get lost or twisted on both sides and the truth is usually somewhere in the middle.
Lonesome, good thought on wishing noboby ill, and you're correct about nut jobs on both sides of the aisle, except that there are far more RWNJ's spewing hate out there, then there are libs spewing hate out there. And libs are far more willing to negotiate and compromise, whereas RWNJ's are frozen solid in their backward views, as many would love to go back to the Antebellum Days, which will never happen, because even Einstein could not figure out how to go backward in time.
I offer, respectfully, your use of the term 'socialism' is in error, as is most of everyone else in America's use.
As for the concept 'evil' some expounding is due to explain the basis of your position/conclusion.
That said, any unbounded policy/doctrine, regardless of which end of any spectrum, e.g., liberal/conservative, progressive/regressive, etc., the policy/doctrine resides, is dangerous. Unbounded socialism, whether the proper term or the American pejorative usage, is to be regarded with circumspection. Same with unbounded conservatism (which seems uniquely American is usage and meaning).