In reality, socioeconomic ideologies like socialism, communism, capitalism, agorism, and anarchy are like tools. They are best used under specific circumstances dictated by reality, and just like tools, are best used in combination or sequence toward achieving a certain end.
Healthcare provides a perfect example of this. All can most likely agree that one shouldn’t die simply because they cannot afford healthcare. The current state of healthcare – particularly in terms of infrastructure and technology – means that in order to provide healthcare to individuals who cannot afford it “socialist” style policies and charity is required. However, neither is a sustainable nor final solution – merely an incremental step toward one.
Free market competition, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and the advance of medical technology makes it cheaper and more accessible for everyone, including those who cannot afford it at current costs. Incrementally, research and development will yield healthcare infrastructure and technology even the poorest can afford without government intervention or charitable organizations. A combination of socioeconomic ideologies used to achieve this represents a process rooted in reality – not divorced from ideology – but utilizing socioeconomic ideology as practical tools toward a specific goal – and using them in combination and sequence to get there.
In a transition from healthcare today to a future where it is affordable and accessible to all, individualists and free marketeers will ultimately come out on top. Ironically, they can never do so until they make the transition today from temporary stop gaps to sustainable solutions tomorrow.
Unfortunately for many, socioeconomic ideologies are viewed more like “sacred cows” they jealously protect from contact with anything even remotely removed from its place along the socioeconomic ideological spectrum. And like a sacred cow, ideologies thus become an object of adulation rather than anything practical.
For individualists, free marketeers, capitalists, and other stripes right of the socioeconomic ideological spectrum, the notion of socialist healthcare is unacceptable under any circumstance. Despite being unable to implement immediate alternatives for addressing people unable to afford healthcare now, or any road map toward a future where healthcare is affordable without socialist schemes, they categorically reject even temporary measures and stopPost too long. Click here to view the full text.