What is the question?
DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN BY A NUMBER OR YOUR NAME?
In a Socialist society, we will be known by a number given to us by our rulers. In a republic, we will be known by the name given to us by our parents. Why the difference?
- In a Socialist society the government owns and runs everything. A Socialist society is characterized by huge institutions. Even with the best of intentions the people who run these institutions finds it difficult to know us by our name. Since we are dependent upon the government, not the other way around, the people who run the government tend to find us ordinary citizens a burden.
- In a republic, individuals and small groups own and run everything. Large institutions and corporations are rare and discouraged. Individuals and small groups find it easier to get to know us by name. Since these individuals and small groups make their living by serving us, they are happy to see us and happy to use our name.
So, if we want to be known by our name, what kind of government should we seek?