“The old argument about the science of socialism was that it would be more efficient than capitalism and markets. Eliminate all that waste of competition and plan what is to be produced, by whom, where, and we’ll all have more stuff. We’ll be richer in short.
“Then we went and tested the contention to destruction and 1989 showed that it was incorrect.
“Oh well, not the first nor the last scientific or political proposition shown to be wrong. What’s much more interesting is that the justification for the same policies has changed in this modern age. For all too many people still insist we should be doing those same things, they just trot out different reasons as to why we should. Some that it would be fairer that way, others even going so far as to insist that we shouldn’t have economic growth therefore planning and socialism.” – Tim Worstal
Socialism isn’t a political philosophy — it is a secular religion. That is really the only explanation for Mr. Worstal’s observation. People give up failed political philosophies, but they cling like grim death to a religion.