Socialism is that idea that if you steal and murder enough, equality will emerge. It is an utter sacrifice of the means to the end. On the surface, this seems like consequentialism at its worst, but even a cursory glance of history reveals that this is not the case. This is because 100 years of socialism have yielded tangible consequences, and they are horrific. Not only are the process costs immense, some 100 million dead due to socialism and communism in the last century as a conservative estimate, but the ends of equality and social justice that would justify the sacrifices have never (and will never) be achieved.
In reality, socialism is another permutation of what Nietzsche called “slave morality” – obsessed with intentions and vilifying those who are viewed as “masters.” Indeed, this is the best explanation for why socialism continues to be discussed at all. It is the sincerity, the intent – the “good” goal of equality – that really matters to those encased in slave morals, not the obviously horrific outcomes that come from the actions themselves. This morality is appealing to anyone who views himself as a victim of oppression, because the promise of socialism is the essence of the slave morality, which is not to overthrow the masters, but to make the masters into slaves as well. This is the terrible goal of “equality.”
Of course, as history demonstrates, those who are the greatest proponents of socialism, the political leaders who end up organizing “the masses” are not the slaves. They are just different masters, using the weak will and short-sightedness of the “proletariat” to overthrow one set of “masters” and replace them with themselves. They seek not to destroy the ring of power, but to take it up and sit upon the dark throne, ordering things to their will. Nietzsche’s God is replaced by the cult of the State. The State becomes the only god worth worshipping, because the state is the only god with the power to enslave the masters for the “good” of the collective.