At least in the developed, western world and its satellites.
I'm posting this thread because I still hear lots and lots about how Obamacare is the thin end of the wedge leading to a socialist state, I just wanted to sum up in a couple of points, based upon my knowledge of UK socialists themselves as opposed to conservative propaganda, why socialism has become objectively impossible.
- People invest more in their lives as consumers than they do as either producers or providers now, its their first thought and often characterises their relationships towards others, ie marriages and coupling even become exchange relationships as opposed to reciprocally giving.
- There's no indignity in unemployment because you can still shop til you drop. Socialists, contra to a lot of conservative propaganda, consider being unemployed reprehensible, the first socialists would have argued that you find work, any work, at any rate, in preference to either charity or public assistance.
- Presonal responsibility has become eroded. The "character" required for most socialist schemes and envisaged by most socialist thinkers was one of self-governing individuals who then were capable of controlling their work and workplace. This is an entirely alien concept now. Even most managers shun responsibility and accountability, through delegation the philosophy of get someone else to do it and get them to carry the can has become institutionalised and normative.
- Relationships towards the state and others are totally and utterly distorted, entire generations and communities exist now with expectations that the state or even simply strangers will act towards them with paternal/maternal concern and understanding. The injured egos that result from realising life aint so result in general grievance which is easily channelled by terrorist, racist, criminal or other anti-social avenues.
- Really basic norms, such as keeping your temper in check, arent valued, therefore pro-social behaviour is also totally alien. Pro-social behaviour in and out of working lives was a very basic tenet of both general social conscience and socialist norms specifically.
So whatever the hell is evolving globally from the slow death of ideological capitalism (which isnt the same as "actual capitalism", which I dont believe has been tried and wouldnt work anyway not everyone being rational calculators with equal bargaining power to mention but one obvious contradicton) isnt socialism, even when it is called socialism by fans or foes alike.