Capitalism is the bogey man of the left and socialism of the right. Every time I get into political debates, people tend to throw around meaningless statements such as capitalism doesn't work or socialism works in theory. How can one argue against things counter to reality? You can't and that's where the political debate ends and conjecture takes over. If only we had a purely capitalistic or socialistic model, then it would work. Well I have news for you, there is no such thing as pure capitalism or pure socialism, there's life and the world we live in.
"isms" are ammunition for the weak. Instead of debating specific policies or principles, people conduct an attack on the "ism". What they are doing is dehumanizing their opponent and placing him into a box. His thoughts and ideas are no longer his own, but that of the "ism". And if the "ism" is evil, so is he. The real kicker is that no one can actually define what the "ism" means. No one knows and if you ask 100 people they will come up with 100 different answers. And its always the case that the "ism" changes to suit the charge.
"isms" are pathetic and those that use them are equally so. If you want to debate, then let's debate actual policy, and not the merit or demerit of some theoretical philosophy. I am an individual with thoughts and ideas of my own. So are you.