Socialism In Harrison Bergeron

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Imagine a place where there are no decisions to make throughout the day. In this place, everyone’s career gets chosen for them, and their hopes, dreams, and aspirations are given to them. There are none of those difficult life decisions to make because they will be made for everybody. Now despite all these seemingly terrible things, we do get something great from all the sacrifices: equality. In this world everyone is equal; no one person smarter, more athletic, more talented, or better than any other. Everyone in this place completely equal, and all thanks to the government, the authorities, the higher-ups, “the man,” or whatever these enforcers’ wish to be called. The world of Harrison Bergeron functions like this. Now while it may seem…show more content…
The main character Harrison Bergeron is the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, and for all intents and purposes the most spectacular human alive. Because Harrison is so great, they imprison him. Later he breaks free, goes on television, and forces everyone in the studio to perform music and dance to the best of they’re abilities without the handicaps they are forced to wear. After which the government swiftly comes in and kills everyone who participated. I believe Mr. Vonnegut did not simply write this story to entertain readers he was trying to make a strong political statement i.e. this is what happens when the government gets to much power, and it just so happens that is almost the definition of socialism.
Socialism is defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production. Basically, the government is in control of all business in the country that adopts it as an economic strategy, in our case, The United States of America. Now when we dissect this idea of socialism we find that there are to thought processes behind it. Some truly believe that socialism could truly be the answer to the problems of our nation, both economically and morally. These people try to push socialist policies in hopes of helping the nation and they are doing so with the purest of intentions. However, there are also the people who completely understand what socialism leads to, and want nothing more than to gain while others
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