Define Socialism

Define Socialism
Captain Jack

I found it rather amusing to read David’s prior post on the social foundations of America and our founding fathers. I was not in the least suprised by the confused response to his references to socialism.

As sad as it is, Americans have no clue what Socialism is. They’re taught to hate and fear it because it represents the arch enemy of democracy, communism. Many tyrants in the world’s history have used the term socialism to hide and sweeten the sound of the awful deeds they wrought upon their people as well as the earth as a whole. Even Hitler was selling his hate-filled and corrosive politics as a form of socialism.

No wonder Americans are so afraid of the sound.

But, alas, a couple years in school (well, higher education perhaps) one quickly learns that socialism is either a political theory or an economic theory that is constructed for the benefit of society, for the benefit of the social.

Since this is primarily a political blog though not exclusively, my understanding of David’s reference to the term socialism was that of a political bent. It’s important for everyone to know that there is world of difference between socialism and communism, even though some like to blur the lines. There is also a world of difference between political socialism and economic socialism.

Obviously, political socialism is political decisions made for the benefit of society. Economic socialism is a form of economy that is similar to communism where some or all of the businesses are owned by society. It is obvious that using the term communism for this type of economy is easier to understand by everyone involved than to use the term socialism. This is obviously why the republicans try to use this confusion at every opportunity.

You can go to five different sources and get five different definitions for socialism. Too bad. It’s an easy opportunity for those intent on keeping their uneducated followers motivated. Fear Socialism!

3 thoughts on “Define Socialism”

  1. There is no doubt that this country was founded on principles of community, of people helping each other. In fact, the settlers would never have survived if they had this toxic attitude that many Americans have today. We need to bring back our sense of community and helping one another.

  2. “Sense of community and helping one another”. How very un-Republican. It’s every greedy back-stabber out for himself.

    There are few things more out of touch with reality as the fact that the self-proclaimed religious communities endorse Republicans almost exclusively and still fool themselves into believing that they’re they’re making religiously moral decisions.

    It’s impossible but yet they believe the Republican party represents their interests. There is no amount of going to church and asking for forgiveness that can clear away the sins of being a Republican.

  3. From listening to Glenn bark, I would think that communism, socialism, fascism, and Nazis were all the same thing. The poor ignorant fools that believe him won’t be getting any smarter any time soon. Too bad for America.

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