I know there are many other choices. But between theocracy and socialism, which one would you prefer?
The short answer : socialism.
The long answer: I am for accountability. Members of the priest class who steal from parishioners or molest children should be punished with jail time. CEOs who leave the businesses in their charge in shambles should not get golden parachutes while thousands of workers get laid off. Political leaders of all persuasions should answer to the voters; voters should not be cherry - picked into irrelevance through gerrymandering. Workers should be rewarded for doing a good job, and fired if they do not. Everyone must be held ACCOUNTABLE.
In a theocracy, the law is whatever the priest class says it, based ostensibly on the will of god. No accountability. The problem with socialism is that it can give rise to a social safety net so secure that it protects people from their own bad decisions.
As far as I'm concerned capitalism is a degrading, war making, putrid system. Theocracy would probably be the same thing because the question is....which class owns the means of production and who does it benefit. Democratic-socialism is fine but I think it's still capitalism with a pretty face. True socialism is simply a stepping stone to classless society, communism. According to all the great revolutionary leaders and thinkers, Marx, Lenin, Mao, the propertyless classes must overthrow the capitalist system, seize the means of production, and build a society which does not allow the propertied classes to seize power again. The goal of classless society has never been reached and right now there is nowhere on earth to look to to see an example where things are moving in that direction.