Socialism and Fashion

For those of us who have grown up in a Western society (where free-market capitalism spawned the largest range of consumer choices to have ever existed), socialism is viewed with much skepticism. Socialist proponents blindly tout social justice and unilateral equality while market choices and job diversity continue to decline. Small independent businesses are rapidly giving way to mega corporate conglomerates who are often vaccinated by their crony government partners against anti-capitalist ideologies. For the first time in modern history, business closures are exceeding new business start-ups in the United States.

Today's mainstream fashions seem to be mostly driven from enormous mono-cultural influences that are filtered though mass merchandisers into the sweatshops of third-world factories. There is little room for independent clothing makers as monopolistic box franchises dominate brick and mortar retail. It's difficult for most people to understand the link between socialist ideology and big business--but politicians and corporate execs know they go hand in hand.

Socialism comes in a lot of flavors, but it always falls somewhere between freedom and tyranny. Even Joseph Stalin, the murderous dictator of Russia in the early part of the 20th century, gleefully viewed any form of socialism to be a stepping stone towards communism and totalitarianism. Socialism is about unification of thinking and surrender of individualism to a central collective--"one for the many", so to speak.

Communitarianism ( a "PC" world for socialism) is sweeping modern youth cultures in the US and Europe like wildfire--placing wholesale blame on all forms of capitalism while not understanding the real reason for growing economic disparity. Both socialism and corporatism share the same goals to reduce free market competition (be it that one is more direct than the other). Either way, reduction of diversity and competition always leads to a scarcity of resources that ultimately are controlled by an elite few.

While fashion diversity is on the decline, freedom of choice will be in rising demand. Small-scale producers that cater to niche consumer markets via internet may actually see chances for moderate success if they can run the gauntlet of regulatory barriers imposed by socialist governments.

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