Well, the thing is, there is not one credible alternative somewhere, there are many little strategies. You cannot point to one single place where it
has been realized. You can point to specific measures in largely capitalistic societies which are for humanizing an inhuman system. Or, to some
periods and places where communal values superseded private greed.
In many ways the Venezuela of Chavez is like that, as was Castro's Cuba. However, without oil it would be difficult to duplicate the measures Chavez
did to lift up the poor people in his country. And, while Cubans have some security we do not enjoy (e.g. free living place and medical care), it has
been a far cry from democracy and no doubt many lived under surveillance who disliked the regime.
If you read Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, it becomes clear that aggressive capitalism (not the benign, liberal, welfare type) is
all over the globe, so it is next to impossible to be isolated in a positive sense.
Just like for a better human and natural environment, there is not one sacred script one must realize, there are thousands of strategies. What works
in Ghana may not work at all in Northern Russia.
It is clear that global corporate interests are against the interests of local communities in most places - the corporate system based upon privation
works better in an environment where the masses are deprived and at the same time no responsibility is demanded - they should become passive
The main point is the bottom-up structure. Presently we have a top-down structure, far worse than the time when we were born. Private capital is
having its heyday, especially since the deregulation of the Reagan times, and society has lost its balance in many Western countries - it stands to be
toppled in the next decade, as the European kingship was toppled with the French Revolution. I don't think the new generation actually believes all
this medieval dogma about the sanctity of free markets.
I do not think China at present could be considered as a Socialist country. In fact, a lot of people there do not even have access to unemployment
benefits, or medical care. Actually many apart from cities are not registered by name in any registry these days. China is a very bureaucratic state -
partly state capitalism, partly private capitalism, far more naked than ours. Enterprises can actually disappear overnight and crop up in another part
of the country - while the rights and the safety of workers are very rarely considered.
Their slogans still pay lip service to Maoism, which in itself was a very controversial branch of Marxist thought. It did manage to resurrect a giant
country into the modern age - but it did so at the price of terrible mass suffering, terror and totalitarianism. I hope young Chinese these days want
something different. I have heard there are inequalities of income to the rate of 800 - this is certainly not what the European inventors of Socialist
ideas would want.