The Failure of American Socialism and its Effect on Small Business
Oosterman, H. W.
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The author describes his development of a small business, S.O.S. Office Assistants, to assist local business with office administration, web design and advertising strategies. The company has four employees and has enjoyed moderate success during its three months of existence, having done major work for two businesses and various random tasks for many others. But due to the nature of small businesses, which are overtaxed and enjoy few of the benefits given to larger corporations, S.O.S. had not been able to provide for its employees beyond a fluctuating salary. It is unable to offer health insurance or a 401K. The only thing it can do is offer a fun place to work. The author contrasts the economic situation in the United States with that in Europe where there are no such concerns. Health insurance is provided by the government, and taxes for small businesses are lower. Why did America, unlike any other country which experienced industrialization, not have a lasting socialist or labor party? While no clear cause has been established, there are several conditions in American society which are unique to America, and therefore may have contributed significantly to the ultimate failure of the fledgling socialist movement. There are several conditions in American society which are unique to America, and therefore may have contributed significantly to the ultimate failure of the fledgling socialist movement. These include the ideas of American exceptionalism, or the unique traditions, institutions, and ideals unique to America; that the American party system was not conducive to the advancement of any third party; that the unique nature of immigration into America never allowed the development of a cohesive working class; that the socialist parties never enjoyed the full support of unions and labor organizations; that following the First World War and the Korean War socialists and socialist ideas were repressed and actively discriminated against; and finally that the Socialist Party was unable to take advantage of the Great Depression in a last ditch effort to establish themselves.