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  BlackCrayon.com: Dictionary: Defintion of "socialism"
In this sense socialism means the abolition of private enterprise, of private ownership of the means of production, and the creation of a system of "planned economy" in which the entrepreneur working for profit is replaced by a central planning body.
In fact, socialism must be the most ironic use of language in the history of human linguistics: it is the advocacy of the complete replacement of social interaction with political interaction, the very negation of civil society itself.
Therefore socialism, for example, is defined in this book not in terms of such goals as equality, security, economic planning, or "social justice," but as a system in which property rights in agriculture, commerce, and industry may be assigned and re-assigned only by political authorities, rather than through transactions in the marketplace.
www.blackcrayon.com /library/dictionary/?term=socialism   (559 words)

  
  Online Encyclopedia and Dictionary - Socialism
Socialism is a concept, an ideology and a collection of party-based political movements that have evolved and branched over time.
According to Engels, the state was destined to eventually "wither away", as the representative democracy of socialism slowly turned into the direct democracy of socialism, and economic life would be re-organised on a basis of freedom and equality.
Most of their objections and critiques seem directed more at a centrally planned economy (not a part of all proposed socialisms), some at socialism and Marxism in general, but because these distinctions are relatively difficult to tease out of their writings, it is probably useful to take them up in a single context.
www.fact-archive.com /encyclopedia/Socialism   (4221 words)

  
 Interpreting the World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
Socialism is man's positive self-consciousness, no longer mediated through the annulment of religion, just as real life is man's positive reality, no longer mediated through the annulment of private property, through communism.
Thus, contrary to the current belief in both socialist and communist circles that socialism is the transition to communism, Marx wrote the opposite: communism is the transition to socialism.
The definition of the State as "the proletariat organized as ruling class" is incompatible with Lenin's rule by a workers' Party.
www.wpunj.edu /~newpol/issue24/robeso24.htm   (2545 words)

  
 Socialism [Definition]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
From a social standpoint, individualism is generally understood to be a context or environment in which individuals are the focal operating units as opposed to states or social groups; the social context has to be sustained by the beliefs of the people within it.
Socialism with a human face Socialism with a human face (in Czech: socialismus s lidskou tváří) was a political programme announced by Alexander Dubček and his colleagues when he became the chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia in January 1968.
Social democracy Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means.
www.wikimirror.com /Socialism   (14117 words)

  
 Socialism
The materialist philosophy of it removed the moral check to material passions and suggested irresponsibility for their indulgence, and there flocked to it the licentious, hopeful of a society in which they could "live their life" and be unashamed of what kind of a life it was.
Some political leaders of Socialism to-day may teach a certain nebulous doctrine which they conceive to be Christianity, but those who join the movement are given for study the books and pamphlets of extreme radicals whose teachings, doctrinal and moral, are opposed to every tenet that even the broadest interpretation will allow to be Christian.
Socialism says air has a use value but no exchange value : a use value because all men need it to live, but no exchange value because there is so much of it that each man can get it for nothing.
www.oldandsold.com /articles26/religion-politics-11.shtml   (3469 words)

  
 Explorations in Politics
Socialism means a global system of social organization based on: Common Ownership: All the productive wealth of the world will belong to all the people of the world.
A short definition of what we understand to be socialism: a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of society as a whole.
If they do not claim to have established socialism, after apparently being elected to do so, then they have no justifiable claim to be socialists, even using their own, flawed definitions of socialism.
interzone.com /~cheung/SUM.dir/polit8.html   (3862 words)

  
 Socialism and Democracy
Socialism, in the old days that I can recall, was often called the society of the free and equal, and democracy was defined as the rule of the people.
All the great Marxists defined socialism as a classless society—with abundance, freedom and equality for all; a society in which there would be no state, not even a democratic workers’ state, to say nothing of a state in the monstrous form of a bureaucratic dictatorship of a privileged minority.
But the Stalinist definitions of socialism and democracy are not the only perversions that have to be rejected before we can find a sound basis for the regroupment of socialist forces in the United States.
www.marxists.org /archive/cannon/works/1957/socialism.htm   (4612 words)

  
 Socialism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
In application, however, the de facto meaning of Socialism has evolved and branched to a great degree, and though highly politicized, is strongly related to the establishment of an organized working class, created through either revolution or social evolution, with the purpose of building a classless society.
Many non-socialists Use the expression "socialist economy" (or "socialization" of a sector of the economy) almost exclusively to refer to centralized control under government aegis: for example, consider the Use of the term "socialized medicine" in the US by opponents of single-payer health care.
According to Engels, the state was destined to eventually "wither away", as the representative democracy of Socialism slowly turned into the direct democracy of socialism, and economic life would be re-organised on a basis of freedom and equality.
socialism.iqnaut.net   (4232 words)

  
 Revolutionary Definitions
This means that all social, cultural, political and economic relations must be revolutionized and that people will not be liberated by simply breaking the state or smashing capitalism.
Mao proved that it was possible to lead socialist revolution in a poor and backward country with the main forces coming from the peasantry in the countryside led by the political ideology from the city called "proletarian ideology" and this point remains controversial in the imperialist country so-called communist movement.
Under socialism, the capitalist class will be disarmed in favor of a dictatorship of the proletariat (the people instead of a few rich pigs).
www.etext.org /Politics/MIM/wim/revdefs.html   (1483 words)

  
 libertarian socialism - Anarchopedia
Many anarchists, seeing the negative nature of the definition of " anarchism," have used other terms to emphasise the inherently positive and constructive aspect of their ideas.
SOCIALISM: a social system in which the producers possess both political power and the means of producing and distributing goods.
LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM: a social system which believes in freedom of action and thought and free will, in which the producers possess both political power and the means of producing and distributing goods.
eng.anarchopedia.org /libertarian_socialism   (580 words)

  
 E. Belfort Bax: Problems of Mind and Morals (Chap.4)
It should be remarked that the systems to which the term Socialism was originally applied, one and all included revolutionary changes in the relations of the sexes and in religious belief, in addition to economic reconstruction, as part and parcel of their programme.
That democracy was the essential condition of Communism (Socialism) was emphatically insisted upon, and that the transformation of the Civilisation of to-day into the Socialism of to-morrow must be brought about through a political revolution involving a change in the possessors of power, was made clear.
The idea that all Socialism means is the concentration of the means of production, etc., in the hands of any corporate entity that may be called a State, irrespective of what that State may be, is often regarded in the present day as showing a well-informed and up-to-date condition of mind on the subject.
www.marxists.org /archive/bax/1912/probs/04-defsoc.htm   (2541 words)

  
 Hawaii Reporter: Hawaii Reporter
Socialism is the bastard child of communism, which cannot overturn capitalism directly, so must do so by the incremental stages of socialism.
Socialism has so great an influence that even Martha, who knows what it takes to build such an empire, feels some level of guilt for her success.
Socialism is the agency of government seizing the fruits of capitalism, to give to those who have abandoned that responsibility in favor of government.
www.hawaiireporter.com /story.aspx?d88f9f92-8ffe-4dac-93ff-e64ab2c9e6c3   (1432 words)

  
 Democratic Socialists Of America [Definition]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
History of Socialism Early socialists The word socialism came into English from French in the 1820s, but the idea that goods should be held in common and that all men should be equal is much older.
Therefore individuals who might be socialists but who are not known as a result of that are not listed unless their socialism is of importance to their work or their espousal of socialism has become a source of interest in the individual.
Democratic socialism Democratic socialism is a political movement propagating the ideals of socialism within the framework of a parliamentary democracy.
www.wikimirror.com /Democratic_Socialists_of_America   (1942 words)

  
 Jan 28, 2004
Socialism means collectivism as opposed to individualism, cooperation as opposed to competition, service rather than profit, and altruism rather than greed.
Socialism is a quasi-magical term; in fact is has often been claimed that the more ardent forms of socialism have something of a secular religion about them.
Because Marx had argued that socialism can only be evolved FROM capitalism, the Bolsheviks (the more leftist of the Communist Party factions- the other was the Mensheviks, who were all but dissolved by 1917) found themselves arguing that the period from 1905-1906 when Russia was a "constitutional democracy" represented this period of Westernism.
www.usfca.edu /fac-staff/boaz/pol340/jan28.htm   (2711 words)

  
 Spirituality in the Workplace: A Socialistic Sprinkle in a Capitalist Work Society? by Dr. Joan Marques
The above definition for capitalism is the one I consider most applicable to the societal circumstances in the U.S., and in most countries that consider themselves having a free market economy.
Now that these definitions are presented, it is not more than rational to also clarify my idea of a spiritual workplace.
Of course deliberate ill performers will still be rewarded less, but that, too, fits in the earlier presented definitions of socialism (see last part of the Merriam-Webster definition for socialism: "pay according to work done").
www.netterweb.com /search/fllartclvw.asp?id=5859   (931 words)

  
 Infoshop.org - An Anarchist FAQ - Appendix 1 - Replies to Some Errors and Distortions in Bryan Caplan's "Anarchist ...
As far as definition two goes, all anarchists were opposed to (capitalist) private property and argued for its abolition and its replacement with possession.
The idea that socialism can be defined as state ownership or even opposition to, or "abolition" of, all forms of property is not one which is historically accurate for all forms of socialism.
In fact, a definition of socialism which most socialists would agree with would be one that stated that "the whole produce of labour ought to belong to the labourer" (to use words Thomas Hodgskin, an early English socialist, from his essay Labour Defended against the Claims of Capital).
www.infoshop.org /faq/append11.html   (12431 words)

  
 Socialism Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
'''Socialism''' is an ideology, that at it's most elemental, is defined by the belief that a society could exist in which individuals control the means of power, and therefore the means of production, and are not subjected to the ownership, control, or power structures of others.
Many non-socialists use the expression "socialist economy" (or "socialization" of a sector of the economy) almost exclusively to refer to centralized control under government aegis: for example, consider the use of the term " publicly funded medicinesocialized medicine " in the US by opponents of publicly funded medicinesingle-payer health care.
Most of their objections and critiques seem directed more at a command economycentrally planned economy (not a part of all proposed socialisms), some at socialism and Marxism in general, but because these distinctions are relatively difficult to tease out of their writings, it is probably useful to take them up in a single context.
www.echostatic.com /index.php?title=Socialism   (4283 words)

  
 RevolutionaryLeft.com -> Communism vs Socialism (definitions)
Socialism is when the government only owns the major means of production and distribution (energy, telecomm, transportation, health, education, etc), while allowing controlled private control of smaller production and distribution.
Communism is an advanced stage of socialism in which a central government isn't [very] necessery and worker self-managament is on the more local level.
They are definitely not ideal regimes, but the soviet union was without a doubt better than modern day russian and monarchist russia.
www.revolutionaryleft.com /index.php?showtopic=5819   (860 words)

  
 Socialist Organizer: Intro to socialism
All the great Marxists defined socialism as a classless society-with abundance, freedom and equality for all; a society in which there would be no state, not even a democratic workers' state, to say nothing of a state in the monstrous form of a bureaucratic dictatorship of a privileged minority.
Forecasting the socialist future, the Communist Manifesto said: "In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association." Mark that: "an association", not a state-"an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all".
But the Stalinist definitions of socialism and democracy are not the only perversions that have to be rejected before we can find a sound basis for the regroupment of socialist forces in the United States.
www.theorganizer.org /Socialism/Democracy.html   (2212 words)

  
 The Definitive Definition of Socialism - Forums
A socialist society is envisioned as being characterized by the dictatorship of the proletariat; the existence of a high degree of cooperation and equality; and the absence of discrimination, poverty, exploitation, and war.
A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole community.
The political and social scheme of Robert Owen, of Montgomeryshire, who in 1816 published a work to show that society was in a wretched condition, and all its institutions and religious systems were based on wrong principles.
www.pleasedrivethrough.com /forums/index.php?showtopic=1148   (1965 words)

  
 BlackCrayon.com: Essays: "Socialism"
Her libertarianism was a belief in freedom from The State and from other forms of coercion, whereas her socialism was a belief that the workers needed to unite and throw off the oppression of Capitalism.
Again, Tucker's definition of Capitalism was open-competition of Labor in the context of a State-sponsored monopoly on Capital.
Furthermore, Tucker was a libertarian by the definition I give in my brief introduction to Philosophical Anarchism i.e., he objected to the initiation of force or fraud, which he called "invasion".
www.blackcrayon.com /essays/socialism   (921 words)

  
 socialism - Definitions from Dictionary.com
a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.
The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.
dictionary.reference.com /browse/socialism   (318 words)

  
 Holistic Junction: Articles
The above definition for capitalism is the one I consider most applicable to the societal circumstances in the U.S., and in most countries that consider themselves having a free market economy.
Now that these definitions are presented, it is not more than rational to also clarify my idea of a spiritual workplace.
Of course deliberate ill performers will still be rewarded less, but that, too, fits in the earlier presented definitions of socialism (see last part of the Merriam-Webster definition for socialism: "pay according to work done").
www.holisticjunction.com /displayarticle.cfm?ID=1547   (911 words)

  
 Kangas Myths
Simple definitions of Socialism and National Socialism prove that Kangas' faulty, subjective defining of Socialism doesnt refute Hitler being leftist.
The above definition of Socialism in Websters Dictionary serves to refute his skewed definitions of Socialism.
Socialism is, "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." It has been tried in the Soviet Union and alse where.
constitutionalistnc.tripod.com /hitler-leftist/id13.html   (1719 words)

  
 ANARCHISM = SOCIALISM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
A social system in which the producers possess both political power and the means of producing and distributing goods.
So we find that the "cardinal example" of "socialism" and "communism" to not be much of an example at all, to not even match up to a couple of basic definitions of the terms.
So, when you compare the definitions of socialism and communism with anarchism, you see that far from being antithetical, they are complementary...
www.cat.org.au /a4a/guerin.html   (1933 words)

  
 Socialism - Enpsychlopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-12)
Several forms of "socialism" are considered by those further to the left to be reformist or revisionist.
The German National Socialists (Nazis) used the word "socialist" in their official name much like any branch of Socialism, but most scholars argue that the term "socialism" in "national socialism" did not meaningfully extend beyond propaganda purposes.
According to Engels, the state was destined to eventually "wither away", as the representative democracy of socialism slowly turned into the direct democracy of communism, and economic life would be re-organised on a basis of freedom and equality.
www.grohol.com /psypsych/Socialism   (4589 words)

  
 How the WSM Is Different From Other Groups – World Socialist Movement
claims that socialism will be a sharp break with capitalism with no "transition period" or gradual implementation of socialism (although socialism will be a dynamic, changing society once it is established).
Those which work for reforms hold either that reforms to capitalism will eventually result in socialism, or that supporting reforms is an appropriate way to convince workers to support socialism.
Claim that socialism was established in Russia in 1917, even though Lenin correctly noted in 1920 that state capitalism would be a step forward for Russia.
www.worldsocialism.org /articles/how_the_wsm_is_different.php   (1611 words)

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