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Questions tagged [socialism]

Questions related to the political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

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Democratic Socialism vs Social Democracy

When Senator Bernie Sanders announced his campaign for the presidency, the term “Democratic Socialism” has been heavily thrown around in political discourse. However, people who believe in Sanders’s “...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a “socialist”?

As a German I really don't get calling Bernie Sanders a socialist. In every country in Europe he would be a social democrat at best, but somehow in the USA he's a "socialist" and "communist" you ...
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Would the Green New Deal result in socialism? [closed]

In a recent Wall St. Journal editorial, Fred Barnes writes: a vast Green New Deal would propel America in a socialist direction Is this a believable consequence of the aspirations and goals of The ...
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Is the GUE-NGL unwilling to advise against Brexit? If so, why?

130 of the eighth and current European Parliament's 751 members have signed a letter urging the UK to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the EU. All are members of EPP, S&D, ALDE or Greens-...
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Do any members of Congress support a British-style socialized healthcare system?

A number of Democratic members of Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders being the most prominent, support a Canadian-style single-payer system where doctors and hospitals are private, but health insurance ...
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How does Hitler's interpretation of “Nationalist Socialism” relate to the modern interpretation of “Socialism” and “Nationalism”?

I noticed a lot of hate focused on the idea of Nazism, especially with Hitler's reputation and whatnot. But I was wondering, because Hitler's scheme was far from 'socialist' and more fascist than '...
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Does the populist rise in Europe prove that intra-party democracy is not working?

Each party (including German and Nordic social democratic parties) has its own inner democratic election system which elects the party leaders and which proposes and changes the program of the party. ...
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How does Capitalism facilitate happiness? [closed]

I would like to preface this with the disclaimer that I am fresh to Stack Exchange, so any pointers on what may have been a better Stack for my question, or simply how to better frame it, are greatly ...
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Is Venezuela an example of socialism?

I've been hearing a lot about Venezuela in the news lately. And it seems there is a big debate over whether it was socialism or not, or whether it was implemented properly. Is it safe to assume that ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Cuba and Venezuela seem to share a lot in common. Both are effectively Socialist dictatorships. Cuba's government has been Communist for many years, while Venezuela has been socialist for much less. ...
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Book that encompasses the history of socialism?

If no such text exists which attempts to cover the time just before the Communist Manifesto, until some time during or after the middle (1950s-70s) 20th century, then I will settle for texts which ...
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Did “socialism with a human face” actually exist in practice?

NOTE: This is somewhat related (a "soft" version of) to this question (Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?) According to Wikipedia, "Socialism with a human face" appeared in 1968 and it ...
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Is the economics theory of Karl Marx regarding technological progress realistic to the end?

Marx claimed that the introduction of more and more advanced machinery would lead to unemployment of workers, which decreases the ability of the society to buy things, which is a vicious cycle. ...
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Are there currently sensible differences between european socialist and green parties?

In Belgium, they both have almost the same ideas. They want to stop nuclear power plants in 2025 and change to renewable energy , promote public transport, affordable health care for everyone,... Is ...
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Why did a trade-union and labour movement not arise in the United States, as it did in other developed countries?

Last night I watched the Panorama programme on BBC TV, which examined the views of several Trump voters a year after the election. What struck me was the extent to which Trump was able to garner the ...
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What's the difference between Cooperativism, Market Socialism, and Syndicalism?

What's the difference between Cooperativism (the replacing of Capitalist firms with worker co-ops like Mondragon), Market Socialism, and Syndicalism? Given that they're all systems where workers ...
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Is it possible to be a socialist and a capitalist?

I don't know how to label my economic belief system, and it's frustrating when getting into discussions with other people. I believe in Capital. I believe that people have a right to earn more than ...
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Does socialism require capitalism, or can it be a standalone ideology?

In short: Within the fundamental model of societal growth, does socialism only follow after capitalism, or is socialism philosophically capable of standing alone as a principle ideology during the ...
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Conditions for socialism? [closed]

Historically, fascism and extreme right wing movements have become popular in response to certain conditions. These conditions include: real or perceived economic instability at the national level ...
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Is it possible to separate “Marxism Non-Leninism” from Marxim-Leninism?

I'd like to know in simple terms, if possible - because my background isn't very rock solid -, if it's possible to separate Marxism Non-Leninism from Marxism-Leninism and what are the main differences,...
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What is the difference between a socialist, a democratic socialist and a social democrat? [closed]

What are the primary differences between socialism, democratic socialism and social democracy? Are they simply three branches of a the same ideology? Primarily in theory, but if you can give any ...
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Does Putin support the ideas of Communism and/or Socialism? [closed]

I know he's no lefty on social issues and foreign policy, but coming from the Soviet Union, is Vladimir Putin known to support economic concepts that are more inline with the left? Has Putin been ...
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Does it make sense to label Lenin as a 'social democrat'?

I am confused by tim's great answer to this question on Bernie Sanders's political orientations. To summarize the answer, though Sanders labels himself as a socialist, it seems that social democrat ...
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Why does India's Constitution say it's a “Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic”?

The constitution of India states the following: We, The People of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and to secure to all ...
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Where does the phrase “reason in revolt” originate from?

The phrase "reason in revolt" is commonly used in Marxist/Socialist literature, but I can't figure out where it came from. Who first said it or used it in writing?
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How many Americans emigrated into “socialist” countries?

Are there any statistics (or at least reasonable estimates from research) on how many USA citizens emigrated to "socialist" countries? I'm not looking for a precise #, an estimate of an order of ...
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What exactly differentiates Juche ideology?

Wikipedia defines Juche as such: Juche, usually translated as "self-reliance", is the official state ideology of North Korea, described by the regime as Kim Il-sung's "original, brilliant and ...
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What exactly differentiates Ba'athism?

Wikipedia defines Ba'athism as such: An Arab nationalist ideology that promotes the development and creation of a unified Arab state through the leadership of a vanguard party over a ...
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Why there is so much neglect and even the hate of socialism/communism as the postcapitalism? [closed]

Marxism teaches that the development of technology leads to the new forms of social and economic orders. There have been already primitive communism, slavery, feudalism and now the capitalism is the ...
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Market based solutions to social problems [closed]

Thinking that the government should support organisations or have schemes that go against 'market forces' - ie. financed through taxation - is socialist, and is the first step on the road to tyranny ...
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Is USA socialized? [closed]

I am having a disagreement with someone one the exact definition of socialism and whether or not USA is one. . Ignoring any aspect of the constitution. Is USA socialized by definition? What is the ...
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What are the ideological differences between the Soviet Union and Noam Chomsky?

What the Soviet Union used to be is usually considered a socialist state. Noam Chomsky is a political activist who is also considered a socialist. Still, Noam Chomsky appears to have a very ...
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Soviet Union, state capitalism and socialism

I believe that the soviet union really wasn't socialism, it was redefined to mean state capitalism. And I think state capitalism and socialism are inconsistent. Socialism always meant that workers ...
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How do I explain democratic socialism to an American?

Assuming that an American has preconceived cultural bias against certain words, what is the best way to educate (and not inflame/trigger) Americans about Democratic Socialism? My intention is to ...
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What is the basic difference between Marxism, Socialism and Communism? [duplicate]

Along with the heading, it would be much appreciated if you paste useful links that go in depth of the differences. For this forums scope, I only need to hear the basic difference between these three ...
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How are the rights of lgbt people secured in a Socialist government? [closed]

I have looked online at Sweden's website because they seem to be the most socialist country. However, same-sex couples do not have the same benefits and privileges of heterosexual couples. Isn't this ...
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Is an Anarchosocialist a valid political term?

I once heard Noam Chomsky describe himself as one. I have never heard the term before. If it is a valid term, what does it mean beyond the obvious mash up?
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Does the greek Syriza party have another political program than “renegotiate the debt”?

The newspaper clam that Syriza is a "far left" party and that it wants to renegotiate the greek government's debt. I don't understand how that makes them far left by any extension of mind. Actually ...
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What problems exist with a socialist approach to health care?

I'm kind of ignorant on the subject, and it's probably commonly known at this stage, but I recently read an article explaining how Obamacare provides health insurance through the private insurance ...
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What are some programmatic differences between Podemos and Izquierda Unida?

In the European Parliament elections, 2014, in Spain, two parties joined the EUL/NGL group: Izquierda Unida and Podemos. In recent polls for the Spanish general election, 2015, Podemos has risen ...
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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called “socialist”, but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself “the Socialist Party”?

Why does the main left-wing party in the United States (the Democratic Party) hate being called "socialist", but in France the main left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?
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Is the Left-Right divide applicable everywhere, especially in India?

In India, it appears as though suddenly the media have just slapped Left, Right labels on political parties out of the blue, because it certainly didn't seem to be there before. To my eyes, there are ...
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Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists?

Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists ? They are nationalist parties with a left wing economic and social agenda. If this is the case how can the high level of ...
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What's the right terminology for a democratic, free and and anti-dictatorial socialism/communism?

Socialism has been associated with communist/socialist dictatorships at the time of the cold war, and the nowadays dictatorships such as China and North Corea. The biggest argument against socialism ...
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Cronyism In Economy

What are the differences between crony capitalism and crony socialism ? These terms have been in the news very frequently.
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Ethics in economy

My country (India) is a mixed economy but is gradually shifting towards capitalism. Can someone please throw some light on the part that ethics play in a market driven economy and suggest some ...
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Is it necessary for a communist to be an atheist?

Is it necessary for a communist to be an atheist? Have there been exceptions to this rule where a communist country or leader was comfortable with religion? Since all communist countries persecuted ...
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What are the main differences between different types of Marxism?

Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc are different political idioms with some similarities in ideology. But my question is about their differences: Question: What are the ...
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How is socialism in Latin America different from Bolviarian socialism led by Chavez?

As title says, how is socialism in Latin America generally different from Bolivarian socialism led by Hugo Chavez? I heard that there were many differences, so I wonder if anyone can answer this.
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Did the Socialist and the Fascist party share the electoral programme in Italy?

I was taught that in the early twenties the Socialist and the Fascist parties programmes were more or less identical, except for just one nationalist clause in the Fascist party's programme. Despite ...