Why do socialists believe that human beings will not act in their own interests, and gladly subsume their needs for the “greater good”? How can you plan an economy based on that kind of idiocy?
The answer is because socialism is a delusional system that requires a suspension of belief in an objective reality while substituting it with paranoia and wishful thinking. The gulags were as much an earnest attempt to show citizens the error of their ways as they were punishment for apostasy.
Venezuelans should keep that in mind the next time they’re standing in line to buy toilet paper.