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  •  Ummm you are confusing two things (2+ / 0-)

    Socialism is not the same as communism.  The way is see it socialism is not an economic system at all,  it is a set of policies superimposed on capitalism to make a society more fair.  A socialistic set of policies guarantee access to health care, education, housing.  But those policies do not eliminate competition even in these core areas.  Instead, they regulate core areas to make sure that no one is priced out of the necessities of life.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:41:27 AM PST

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    •  There are degrees (2+ / 0-)

      A "pure" socialist system would be one where the state produces and provides ALL goods and services that are bought and sold (people could still retain the right to produce them for their own personal use), and owns and controls all the means of production. Which, I suppose, is communism. But such a system can't work, as has been proven repeatedly. Just as "pure" capitalism can't work, as has been proven repeatedly. So whatever we call it and whatever we call the relationship (i.e. "mixed" vs. "superimposed"), only a mix of the two can possibly work, as has been the case for centuries.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:52:02 AM PST

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