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What are the basic ideas of Socialism?

I am researching a project, and out of the types of government (There were 3 left, Communism, Socialism, and Capitalism) I chose Socialism. I just need to know basic ideas about economic, political, moral, ect activities by a Socialist government.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The United States is a yin-yang balance between Capitalism and Socialism. The primary effect of our many socialist programs and policies is to provide consumer protections and a system of checks and balances (i.e., oversight or regulations) that prevent bottomless-pit GREED from becoming the norm.

    Some of America's most cherished socialist systems include, but are not limited to, the following: the U.S. Post Office, our military, the VA medical system, police and firefighters, our public schools and colleges, highways and roadways, national parks, our libraries, bridges and tunnels, etc. We also have agencies within our government, such as the FDA (food and drug safety); OSHA (worker safety while on the job), FAA (flight safety); the Department of Education, which established national standards that keep our school curriculae competitive with other nations' schools around the world as well as across state lines; etc.

    Hope this helps you with your project. The general rule of thumb is that Capitalism without the balance of Socialism causes downfall due to rampant greed and corruption. Socialism without the impetus of Capitalism can lead to downfall through stagnation. The two work hand-in-hand to maintain a balanced and civilized society. Republican right-wingers and Libertarians tend to push too hard for ALL CAPITALISM; Democratic left-wingers (i.e., "bleeding heart" Liberals) tend to push too hard for social programs that may produce dependency. The CENTRIST or PROGRESSIVE or MODERATE stances have historically worked the BEST for our nation's strength, safety, and prosperity.

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    What are the basic ideas of Socialism?

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  • 1 decade ago

    "Spread the wealth" -- That's the core of it. It means the government gets to determine how much each of us has and in return will provide us with everything we need. It's welfare on steroids. This results in a severe lack of exceptionalism since there is no incentive to excel or succeed at anything.

    Communism is just the logical end to socialism. .. .. . .It is where the government REALLY takes control of everything in everyone's lives.

    Both these systems are all about the group, while capitalism is about the individual.

    If one values freedom more than he values security, then socialism is the way to go.

    EDIT: Dear Lord! I just looked at Mother Hubbard's link. That is SCARY stuff. Do we really want global unions? Really? Doesn't that result in US (USA) having less? I don't want to be pulled down to the poverty level. I'd prefer to lift others up out of poverty. Capitalism and freedom is the only way to do that.

  • Civlvr
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    If governments were on a continuum, Communism on one side, Capitalism on the other, Socialism would be somewhere in the middle. The Socialist government is strong, taking lots of political and economic initiative to level the playing field for all citizens, ensuring healthcare, support for the sick, and those unable to work, by distributing the whole country's wealth. Canada is a good example; taxes are a lot higher than in America, but anyone can see a doctor. The key terms are strong government regulation, not as strict as the modern idea of Communism, in which the government takes all riches and distributes them as it sees fit.

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  • Duke
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    1 decade ago

    Socialism is essentially the proposition that everyone will get everything they need, because everyone else will pay for it. You then very quickly run out of everyone else's money.

    Communism is similar, but instead of everyone else paying, the government just takes it.

    Both systems are notable for making just about everyone poor and miserable, but nobody wealthy except the elite running the show. It's kind of like living under a feudal monarchy, but the art sucks.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    This is a link to the mission statement of a major global labor movement.

    http://www.ilo.org/global/About_the_ILO/Mission_an...

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