To a socialist a system where all common people are equally mistreated and abused is superior to a free society in which some might fare less well than others.
To them the stress of having to make one’s own way is intolerable. The suffering of all is reassuring.
I remember listening to a local radio talk show host who got a call from an incredible slacker complaining about the lack of free, government paid for health care. And, as it turned out, so very much more.
The radio was about apoplectic with rage at the caller before it was over, for being an utterly worthless, useless parasite.
The caller started out by demanding free government health care. He ignored the arguments against it, and felt that everybody else should pay for what he wanted. But not just that, that he should not have to even get off his rear end to go visit a doctor for free medicine, but that the doctor should come to his apartment whenever he wanted.
In that this would be stupidly expensive, that somebody would have to pay for, and if he had to pay for it, it would use up his paycheck, the caller replied that he didn’t work, that he was on welfare and food stamps, and that he deserved it all for free anyway.
The talk show host about blew a fuse. It was a lot worse than the woman who had like 10 kids, was pregnant again, and was demanding that “somebody has to pay for my kids!”