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  Socialism - MSN Encarta
Socialism refers to the goal of a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community.
Socialism was originally based in the working class and has generally been opposed to capitalism, which is based on private ownership and a free-market economy.
Socialism at this early stage could be seen as a reaction against the alleged emphasis of 18th- and 19th-century liberalism on individual achievements and private rights at the expense of the welfare of society as a whole.
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 socialism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-07
Because of the collective nature of socialism, it is to be contrasted to the doctrine of the sanctity of private property that characterizes capitalism.
In a broader sense, the term socialism is often used loosely to describe economic theories ranging from those that hold that only certain public utilities and natural resources should be owned by the state to those holding that the state should assume responsibility for all economic planning and direction.
For this reason socialism as a doctrine is ill defined, although its main purpose, the establishment of cooperation in place of competition remains fixed.
www.bartleby.com /65/so/socialis.html   (1500 words)

 Socialism - Conservapedia
As an economic theory, socialism calls for redistribution of wealth, through taxation of private wealth coupled with "progressive" social policy or directly via nationalization and public ownership of property without compensation to owners.
In his view, socialism is summed up by the expression: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." A major criticism of socialism is that it infringes individual rights in favor of the populace.
Socialism is usually considered by most to be a weaker form of a communistic government, where a small few control and impose their beliefs onto other people.
www.conservapedia.com /Socialism   (1098 words)

 What is Socialism? – World Socialist Movement
Central to the meaning of socialism is common ownership.
Socialism will be a society in which everybody will have the right to participate in the social decisions that affect them.
In socialism, everybody would have free access to the goods and services designed to directly meet their needs and there need be no system of payment for the work that each individual contributes to producing them.
www.worldsocialism.org /articles/what_is_socialism.php   (474 words)

  Socialism Today - Our Aims
The electoral success of the social democratic leaders (which was, in any case, extremely patchy) was based, not on the appeal of their ideas, but on these social conditions.
The weakening of the social democracy represents a weakening of one of the props on which capitalist stability rested during the upswing period.
Those who accept the market as an eternal form of social organisation are, in reality, condemning the majority of society to a future of increased social polarisation, mass impoverishment, and the reappearance of barbarous conditions of oppression and conflict.
www.socialismtoday.org /aims.html   (4068 words)

 Is Socialism Still on the Agenda
Socialism 1 is an economic model, therefore, that by its institutions and their inexorable implications necessarily elevates what I call the "coordinator class" into ruling status, leaving the working class subordinate, but to a new boss--not the same as the old boss, but certainly much like the old boss.
Socialism 2, remember, doesn't posit specific institutions for a proposed economy, but is instead a label indicating that producers and consumers together self-manage economic outcomes and enjoy equitable remuneration not governed, for example, by property, power, or any other social or personal advantage such as racism, sexism, or different innate productive talents.
We have said that Socialism 2 ought to still be on the agenda, and I have suggested that I think the economic model Participatory Economics qualifies as an implementation of Socialism 2.
www.zmag.org /socagenda.htm   (2700 words)

Socialism generally implies that those who labor will democratically control the means of production and the fruits of their own labor.
Various social welfare programs may also be used by governments to support the people in sickness, youth, and old age; this is sometimes considered an aspect of socialism.
Under a single world socialism, or in completely autarkic socialist countries larger than a few households that attempt to manage their resources in total contempt and ignorance of market data, the effect is a total breakdown of all human productive enterprise.
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  Socialism - LoveToKnow 1911
The remarkable extension of socialism in Germany may be traced in great part to the special circumstances which have made social democracy the chief effective organizer of working men in that country.
Socialism first showed signs of becoming a popular movement in England after the lecturing tour of Henry George (1881-1882) in advocacy of the nationalizing of the land.
Socialism has found a kindlier soil in Belgium and Holland, and these countries have been the favourite meeting-place in recent years of congresses of all denominations of socialists.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Socialism   (10439 words)

  Socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control.
These social critics saw themselves as reacting to the excesses of poverty and inequality in the period, and advocated reforms such as the egalitarian distribution of wealth and the transformation of society into small communities in which private property was to be abolished.
Criticisms of socialism range from disagreements over the efficiency of socialist economic and political models, to condemnation of states described by themselves or others as "socialist." Many economic liberals dispute that the more even distribution of wealth advocated by socialists can be achieved without what they perceive as a loss of political or economic freedoms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Socialism   (3626 words)

 Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Socialism
Mill discusses how his faith in Liberalism slipped away and he began tending towards Liberal Socialism (i.e., that of Hobhouse rather than the Fabians).
On the Concept of Social Value, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 23, 1908-9.
By one of the founders of British non-revolutionary intellectual socialism - known as "Fabianism".
www.fordham.edu /halsall/mod/modsbook33.html   (720 words)

 Socialism 2008: a weekendof revolutionary politics, debate and entertainment
AS THE global economic crisis unfolds and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to devastate the lives of millions, discussions of political theory and history are crucial to shaping struggles around the world.
With participants from the strikes and protests for bread shaking Egypt, activists from the revolutionary upheavals of 1968 and eyewitnesses to the siege of Gaza, Socialism 2008 will bring together the ideas we need to understand the world and build a Left that can win real social change.
Sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publisher of International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books.
www.socialismconference.org   (202 words)

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