Sorry for posting a separate thread, but I feel that it is important for people to know the exact definition of socialism. In socialism, the state
owns everything, just like in communism, but in socialism there is still a small degree of ownership or resources, whereas in communism there is none.
In classical Marx analysis, socialism is the previous stage from communism.
The European countries are sociodemocratic. Sociodemocracy is a system where the state applies heavy taxes to its citizens in order to fund public
infrastructure and social services. Sociodemocracy allows the free market, unlike socialism.
In countries where there is little corruption, sociodemocracy has worked excellently (Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Finland, etc). In
countries that there is heavy corruption, the taxes are being eaten by those in power (like in Greece, Italy, former USSR countries etc).
In America, you don't have socialism. You don't even have sociodemocracy. You have capitalism, since many things are funded by the private sector.
It is only relatively recently that your politicians tried to apply some principles of sociodemocracy, through Medicaid, Medicare, and now the health
care reform bill.
Personally, what I'd like to see in USA is a return to fair capitalism. The real problem in USA is that capitalism is no longer fair. Big
corporations don't play by the rules any more. They try to monopolize the market through unethical tactics. The days of product superiority though
innovative ideas are long gone. Business people's only concern is how to maximize their bonuses, making lots of harm in the process, either by
outsourcing or fraud or lobbying. America would have a healthy economy and therefore none of the problems it has now if the game was fair.
Again, I apologize for the separate thread, but I'd like everyone to check the definition of socialism, since it's a central argument to those
opposed to the current healthcare reform.
For a good (but long) discussion about socialism, please check this wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org...