Statism will not work anywhere, now or ever
Everywhere one looks, statism is an abject failure. Look and compare Venezuela with Chile, Cuba with Colombia, North Korea to South Korea. Just look at the United Kingdom in 1950 and compare it to itself in 1990.
The union riots in Europe were not to embrace socialism, but to find someone somewhere to somehow pay for their unsupportable benefits. They believe that the “someone” is probably on some hedonistic island somewhere with a vault of cash to pay for it all.