[FoRK] Poll: What do you think of Socialism as a government model?
Victor B. Stan
victor_b_stan at yahoo.ca
Fri Nov 5 15:03:59 PST 2004
Definitions of SOCIALISM on the Web:
a theory or system of social organization by which the major means of
production and distribution are owned, manages, and controlled by the
government, by an association or workers, or the community as a whole
an economic system in which the means of production are controlled by
An economic and political system in which private property is abolished
and the means of production (i.e., capital and land) are collectively
owned and operated by the community as a whole in order to advance the
interests of all. In Marxist ideology, socialism is considered an
intermediate stage in the inevitable transformation of capitalism into
communism. A socialist society is envisioned as being characterized by
the dictatorship of the proletariat; the existence of a high degree of
cooperation and equality; and the absence of discrimination, poverty,
exploitation, and war. With the non-existence of private ownership, the
private profit motive is eliminated from economic life. Consequently,
market forces do not play a role in organizing the process of
production. Instead, large-scale government planning is employed to
ensure the harmonious operation of the process of production.
A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods
are owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole
A term covering many belief systems that oppose the concentration of
wealth and power that is a natural part of capitalism. Whereas
capitalists emphasize freedom for the individual to possess private
property, socialists emphasize the well-being of the community. They
strive to achieve this through many methods, including public ownership,
regulation, and state-sponsored social programs. Socialism has taken on
many different forms throughout the world, with varying degrees of
success. Some socialists favour a gradual move away from unrestricted
capitalism and the maintenance of a democratic society; others favour
force to overthrow capitalism and distribute wealth.
The view that the government should own and control major industries
government ownership of the means of production; leads to economic
stagnation due to a lack of competition, innovation and productivity
(examples: postal service, transportation, civil courts, education)
system in which the government controls production and distribution of
goods and wealth in a country.
(3 syl.). The political and social scheme of Robert Owen, of
Montgomeryshire, who in 1816 published a work to show that society was
in a wretched condition, and all its institutions and religious systems
were based on wrong principles. The prevailing system is competition,
but Owen maintained that the proper principle is co-operation; he
therefore advocated a community of property and the abolition of degrees
of rank. (1771-1858.) The Socialists are called also Owenites (3 syl.).
In France the Fourierists and St. Simonians are similar sorts of
communists, who receive their designations from Fourier and St. Simon
economic theory or system in which production should be for the public
good rather than private profit.
n. a political and economic theory advocating collective ownership of
the means of production, and collective control of distribution. It
advocates use of coercive force by the civil government to attain the
"ideal" of economic and social fairness and equality. In practice
socialism always leads to an aristocracy which brutally enforces its
"ideal" upon the rest of society.
The attempted abolition of all privilege by restoring power entirely to
the coercive agent behind privilege, the State, thereby converting
capitalist oligarchy into Statist monopoly. Whitewashing a wall by
painting it black.
A kind of command economy in which the government owns and operates the
main industries, while individuals own and operate less crucial industries.
an economic system in which the people (government) own and operate the
principle means of production. This means things such as communications,
railroads, steel, oil, and so on
An economic system that stresses the varying degrees of government
ownership and redistribution of wealth.
an economic system in which the government owns and operates basic
industries but individuals own most businesses (See See page 10.)
Philosophical approach to government that allows for public
ownership of businesses.
a political theory advocating state ownership of industry
an economic system based on state ownership of capital
Lucas Gonze wrote:
> What's socialism?
> On Fri, 5 Nov 2004, Victor B. Stan wrote:
>> I would like to put forward a simple poll.
>> What is your opinion of Socialism as a government model?
>> I am simply trying to asses peoples reaction to thie memes of
>> sicialism, some may know more about it than others, opinions of why,
>> why not also welocome.
>> - V
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