Socialism is famously aummed up by the maxim “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
In a society operated according to this principle, there is no reward for working harder or better. Your wages are what you need, not more.
In the socialist dream, workers would not care about higher wages. They would do their utmost for the good of the community.
However, since for so long, people have been conditioned to want stuff, there has to be a transition period during which people are re-educated.
What this ignores is man’s fallen nature, which can be changed only through God’s grace. But since socialism rejects God, they have to use ever increasing force in the attempt to make people into good workers. Hence the mass murders and repression which characterize all socialist states.
There is an additional problem. Most people, faced with the prospect of never receiving a payrise, will be tempted to give themselves a pay rise in the form of greater ease , in other words by working less hard for the same wage.
Therefore the government faces the frustration of an ever worsening economy. This reality forced Gorbachev to abandon the whole project.
China is also abandoning the project by degrees through “special economic zones” but they are clinging to the oppressive structures.
In the mean time can all you socialists please think of something better than starting up the same experiment anywhere else?