I've recently been ruminating over the ethics of economic systems and I have been brought to a stand-still between preferring Socialism or Libertarian free market capitalism. Prior to today, I gravitated toward Socialism because free market capitalism is rooted in a Social Darwinist philosophy which I am vehemently opposed to. Why? Because it establishes a class system in which money becomes centralized and confined to a select few wealthy individuals while the lowest minority wallows in impoverishment. The majority fluctuates in between these extremes. So, in affect, a free market creates a dynamic system that eventually becomes embroiled in self-exacerbating stasis once the "trickle down" is inhibited by insufficient expenditures or profits. The man on the bottom is eventually kicked to the curb without a chance to aspire toward "freedom" because of unfortunate circumstance; while the man on top can never be pulled down because his money stacks are compiling at an almost exponential rate. In a moralistic sense, I see this as impersonal dehumanization (In relation to the philosophy of natural selection and social Darwinism) ; almost as if one man were a separate species than another. All men are no longer created equal if their country flings them into nonequivalent socio-economic environments.
On the other side of the spectrum, we could also utilize social Darwinism to justify socialism. The redistribution of money by a higher power may represent a mother bird (Big Brother lol) feeding her chicks without discrimination. At this point, Social Darwinism is irrelevant. Equalized freedom should be the primary concern for any country that claims to uphold the sovereignty of the people; but this can only be attained through a supply and demand equilibrium or a distribution equilibrium. Fiddle sticks... A purely socialist society can only function if it integrates itself into a globalized framework; as supplies and currency can only be adequately regulated from one specialized location to the others. Consequentially, every nation must operate within a hybrid system until the entire global network falls under either free market or socialist ideology... I have so many conflicting and converging thoughts here that I cannot reconcile them.