Last week I re-read Ludwig von Mises treatise on Socialism, simply titled "Socialism". This 600 page work is worth anyone's time regardless of their Political persuasion. Yesterday I re-read Marx & Engels "Manifesto". My head nearly exploded! Reading the two, back to back, causes you to logically sort out SO many paradoxes. They can't both be right, but they both ARE right depending on perspective. Mises was a brilliant thinker, and if you're not up to that level of Economics education I suggest you read Henry Hazlitt. You get the same thing written more for the layman.
I'm too progressive to fully swallow Mises or Hazlitt or even Bastiat but they make strong points, supported by fact. I enjoy reading Marx and Engels because they appeal to the common sense of the common man. (I think John Maynard Keynes may be the bastard child of Mises and Marx...)
Never, ever, assume that YOU are right and the other guy is wrong. Both have very strong cases. The "average Joe" is at a loss to decipher either side fully and I like to think that explains the vehement stands that both sides take in our struggle to find balance. We need Capitalism to create wealth and we need "the right amount" of Socialism to keep our Humanity. Chew THAT around for a bit and maybe you can find balance. Respect your adversary because it's likely that neither of you are 100% right, or even certain...