Under capitalism the individual gets to choose who they work for, whether that’s a private company, the government, or you might work for yourself (run your own company). Under socialism everyone works for the same employer – the state. Under capitalism there’s competition. Companies (and the government) have to compete for skill and quality. Individuals benefit from this competition in the form of better wages and better work conditions. Individuals are motivated to improve themselves in order to improve their personal situation. Under socialism there’s effectively only one employer. No competition means no motivation for the state to improve wages or conditions (apart from political motivation). Individuals see that “it all pays the same” so there’s no motivation to improve education or quality (work ethic).
You may have heard it said that with great freedom comes great responsibility. It works both ways. With great responsibility comes great freedom. The free market system empowers the individual with both responsibility for their choices and freedom to make their own choices. Under socialism the state takes responsibility for individuals – and takes freedom from individuals and gives that power to the state. This is why you hear socialist governance called the ‘nanny state.’ Citizens give up choices.
People naturally like to choose things for themselves – their car, their house, what they eat, their doctor, and so forth. To get people to give up these choices they must be given motivation. This requires a combination of things including a crisis, a villain, a consequence, a solution, ignorance, and propaganda. Who would want to manipulate like this? Why go to such trouble? Who has anything to gain from this? … the state. Who is the state? Its the bureaucrats (and idealists) who hold the purses and the guns.
Do you believe Jesus would prefer socialism or capitalism or ________?