[FoRK] Poll: What do you think of Socialism as a government model?

Lucas Gonze lgonze at panix.com
Fri Nov 5 15:10:24 PST 2004


Sorry, I was asking *you*, so I could understand your question.



On Fri, 5 Nov 2004, Victor B. Stan wrote:

> 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
> www.imuna.org/manual/app_a.html
>
>
> an economic system in which the means of production are controlled by the 
> state
> www.wwnorton.com/college/econ/stiglitz/glosss.htm
>
>
> 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.
> www.indiana.edu/~ipe/glossry.html
>
>
> A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are 
> owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole community.
> www.northland.cc.az.us/Pos221/resource/definiti.htm
>
>
> 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.
> www.heritage.nf.ca/confederation/glossary.html
>
>
> The view that the government should own and control major industries
> pittsford.monroe.edu/jefferson/calfieri/economics/EcoGlossary.html
>
>
> 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)
> www.stormy.org/defin.htm
>
>
> system in which the government controls production and distribution of goods 
> and wealth in a country.
> web.isp.cz/jcrane/Glossary.html
>
>
> (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 (q.v.).
> www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/1155.html
>
>
> economic theory or system in which production should be for the public good 
> rather than private profit.
> www.asset-analysis.com/glossary/glo_045.html
>
>
> 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.
> www.jeanchretien.net/data/0055.html
>
>
> 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.
> www.blackcrayon.com/library/dictionary/celine/
>
>
> A kind of command economy in which the government owns and operates the main 
> industries, while individuals own and operate less crucial industries.
> wps.prenhall.com/ca_ph_ebert_busess_3/0,6518,224378-,00.html
>
>
> 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
> instruction.blackhawk.tec.wi.us/ghoffarth/economicsglossary.htm
>
>
> An economic system that stresses the varying degrees of government ownership 
> and redistribution of wealth.
> schools.cbe.ab.ca/b836/curriculum/social/socialgloss.html
>
>
> an economic system in which the government owns and operates basic industries 
> but individuals own most businesses (See See page 10.)
> highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0070898375/student_view0/chapter1/key_terms__amp__glossary.html
>
>
>     Philosophical approach to government that allows for public ownership of 
> businesses.
> www.daltonstate.edu/faculty/bguo/p1101/Glossary.htm
>
>
> a political theory advocating state ownership of industry
> www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn
>
>
> an economic system based on state ownership of capital
> www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn
>
>
>
>
> 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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