In a socialist society there is no need for money because everything is free. That means that ordinary citizens are essentially broke. High socialist officials, on the other hand, have money and live high on the hog. But if you believe that money is the root of all evil, socialism sounds like a good idea. This is particularly true if you're not ambitious, timid and don't mind giving up your personal freedoms in exchange for a guaranteed but substandard existence. That socialist/communist countries are places where people do not want to live is testimony to the human spirit. You never hear of people fleeing from capitalist democracies to communist countries for a better life. Most people are willing to work hard and take chances to get ahead. That doesn't mean that life in America is perfect. Even hard working, ambitious people suffer setbacks through no fault of their own. In a capitalist country these citizens deserve and receive some help. But at least these aspiring but unfortunate citizens are free, and do not live under the thumb of an oppressive government, a key feature of socialism which cannot exist without it. The better life, for most people, is one of aspiration and freedom. If you need proof of the harm a socialist/communist can do even within a capitalist country, look no farther than New York City.