[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 
the state

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:
>> Hello,
>> 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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