1. Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
2. The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.
1. A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
a. A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
b. The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.
Now...What is it that I'm not understanding?
There's a lot of different manifestations of both of these ideologies, But I don't think it's relevant to go into detail about them...
Welfare, food stamps, public housing, Health care, etc.
The $700 billion dollar plan, which would include buying banks....
Obama's tax cuts, which are really credits to those who can't afford....
You want me to believe that these things are not a move towards socialism?
I don't think the country would ever move towards full on communism....And maybe not even full on socialism...
I really don't understand what you think I'm confused about.....Are you thinking that I should be calling Obama a communist? He's not. Completely abolishing capitalism and whittling government down to a dictatorship is no where near his intention...
If you think I'm making a stretch to call his "spreading the wealth around" as socialism, then you have a point to a degree...It's not full on socialism because there would still be a separation of classes....But it's a move towards it....Socialism is the closest word to describe it. If you've got a better word for it, then let's have it.
Edited by limbfilter, 23 October 2008 - 06:35 AM.