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I have long been confused by many American's use of the word "socialism". AFAICT they appear to use it to mean communism... in which case, what word(s) would an American use to describe the economic/political systems used in Sweden, Germany, the UK and even the US itself?

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    While some of the answers are more narrowly focused on Sanders, BurnsBA’s answer deals with your question nicely
    – divibisan
    Aug 17 '20 at 14:29
  • The Sanders question is interesting - and answers my question to a large degree... but still - if an american said to me "socialism is awful, just look at Cuba" for example... and I said "but what about Germany, is that socialist too?" What would they say? Or if I said "Tell me some countries that aren't socialist" what would they say?
    – Mick
    Aug 17 '20 at 15:08
  • [W]hat word(s) would an American use to describe the economic/political systems used in Sweden, Germany, the UK and even the US itself? This American uses welfare statism, most don't. See, Welfare state.
    – Rick Smith
    Aug 17 '20 at 15:20
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  • @Mick: Many Americans would say that Germany looks pretty bad, too :-)
    – jamesqf
    Aug 17 '20 at 17:59

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