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Nick asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 6 months ago

What exactly is the definition of Socialism?

Why do people have a problem with it?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
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    socialism (UK)

    the set of beliefs that states that all people are equal and should share equally in a country's money, or the political systems based on these beliefs

    socialism (USA)

    social studies any economic or political system based on government ownership and

    control of important businesses and methods of production

    Cambridge Dictionary.

    You see the problem right? No you don't? The same word has two very different definition and that causes a large amount of confusion.

    • Walter B
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      6 months agoReport

      Communists and genuine socialists use another completely different definition from that used by Americans and their Merriem-Webster dictionary or your Cambridge dictionary or even the "Complete Oxford Dictionary" which I find the definitive authority on ENGLISH.

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  • 6 months ago

    One word:


    Source(s): My friend from South America can tell you all about it. It's why he's a staunch-anti socialist.
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  • 6 months ago

    Communists and genuine socialists will say --

    Socialism is the extremely slow transitional phase between Capitalism and Communism, taking 100 years or more to achieve. It is also where people are still paid according to their abilities (a doctor is paid far more than a cleaner).

    People use a wide number of definitions with many using a PART definition of communism, but leaving out the "Distribution and Exchange" elements. It is certainly NOT -- the government control of the means of Production. That comes in the mid to latter stages of socialism, as does free education, healthcare, social welfare, social services etc.

    Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Military, roadwork, railways, etc are part of any, and all, political and economic systems from far left communism to far right fascism/capitalism.

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  • Athena
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    6 months ago

    It only works as long as you can take other people's money. Once that money is gone, and it ALWAYS runs out, then it collapses. Look at Venezuela, the jewel in the Socialist crown.

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  • 6 months ago

    It is the government control of the means of production.

    The problem is people can't own things like a farm, a factory, or mineral rights.

    Historically Socialist governments are very oppressive.

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