... rampant selfishness, shortsightedness, and petulance.
Not entirely sure of your meaning here, but if you mean "selfishness" as the feeling of entitlement that you have a right to something you have not earned, and "shortsightedness" as eventually there will be no one left to support the ever growing entitlement class, and everyone will be equally S.O.L. when the pyramid scheme of redistribution collapses, then I absolutely and totally agree.
Socialism has NOTHING to do with force.
It absolutely DOES. I'll simplify why socialism can't exist without force.
If a charity or an individual wants something from me, they ASK for it.
If the government wants something from me, they demand it. If I refuse, they TAKE it anyway, by any means necessary.
In a capitalist society, if my neighbor needs something, he'd ask a person or a charity for help.
In a socialist society, if my neighbor needs something, he'd ask the government to force me to help.
So, I briefly tried Windows 8 Consumer Preview months ago, and found it utterly counter-intuitive.[...]
I felt exactly the same way, but being a Windows "Start Menu" user since it was created in Win95,
I must just be resistant to change, right? (I'm a "Ribbon" hater too, FWIW)
So I got my 8 year old son to try Win8 CP a few weeks ago on his computer, and he had never used anything but Win7. He didn't like it either. I'll quote directly:
"I can't find anything... Those buttons are all big and messy and keep getting in the way when I open different things. Can you put it back the old way?"
The 4 year old on the other hand loved it. Since I actually HAD a touch-screen monitor from an old Point-of-Sale system which worked (surprised me), and he only likes to do about three things with the computer, it was pretty simple to setup. He knows to press on the photo of him to start his 'page' as he calls it, and then press on the button for the game he wants. They all still need a mouse to run of course, but he could drive a mouse before he could talk.
Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.