Why do people think socialism always means big government?

I've looked it up, and there are plenty of anti authoritarianism variants of socialism that would not appreciate big government or regulations. There's Libertarian Socialism and anarcho socialism and NO, they are not contradictions of each other if you look them up and understand them.

So why do people use socialism as a synonym for oppression? It makes them look rather one sided and un adept when discussing political ideologies.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    In the past, socialist regimes have been big governments. The Soviet Union, People's Republic of China, North Korea, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Vietnam, all authoritarian regimes that classed themselves as socialist.

    But you are right, low-government socialism has been theorized. In fact, that's what Marx originally wanted.

  • 7 years ago

    Along with the discussion of theoretical political or economic systems, there's a history of political and economic reality. This history is a stronger indication of reality than hopes and dreams of a liberal mind. Since the reality which we in America have created is the greatest prosperity and liberty mankind has known, it shouldn't be pitched in favor of a turn toward socialism which history and reality tell us will greatly reduce our liberty and prosperity. This is now happening in America and it will continue until a majority of us get REAL!

  • 7 years ago

    Socialism is meant only for the 1%. The rest of us get Capitalism. Only Wall St. And the banks deserve bailouts, not the little guy.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    Because modern day socialism is the practice of big government. Have you heard of anyone lately preaching about installing a socialist market system and at the same time decrease the size/scope of the government?

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  • 7 years ago

    What exists on paper and what the practical application of a concept are not the same thing.

  • 7 years ago

    Where? What socialist government in what country doesn't regulate people's lives?

  • wtinc
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Ok well just you Oppressive government if it makes you happy now be happy don't worry

  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    They fear democracy-- but don't want to say exactly that.

  • 7 years ago

    they are brain washed to think so It doesn't

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I did not know hat. thanks for the info.

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