ESSAY 1.pdf - Discuss the relationship between socialism Marxism and communism The purpose of this essay is to discuss and distinguish the relationship

ESSAY 1.pdf - Discuss the relationship between socialism...

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Discuss the relationship between socialism, Marxism, and communism. The purpose of this essay is to discuss and distinguish the relationship between socialism, marxism and communism by outlining and exploring their similarities and differences. In order to discuss their relationship, I will first define each of the terms and I will explain their contextual interpretation. Then, I will evaluate my findings and conclude that socialism is a precursor of communism once the state has enough control over the economy and society. To tell apart the three terms, a definition is needed to reference them, since sometimes, wrongfully they are used interchangeably. 1. Socialism When it comes to defining socialism, there is always confusion, as the history of the term contains "a vast number of views and theories, often differing in many conceptual, empirical and normative commitments" (Plato.stanford.edu, 2019). Socialism is an "amalgam of philosophies emerging from diverse social movements which present certain difficulties of definitions" (Goodwin, -) However, all can agree that the aim of socialism is a critique and a proposal for replacing capitalism. Oxford dictionary defines socialism as a political and economical theory established in a society in which the means of production, distribution and exchange, are owned by the community as a whole rather than the private individuals. Socialism is therefore an ideology seeking to achieve and built a socialist society. Socialism manifests three common features in its core: equal society, planned economy and popular sovereignty as G.D.H. Cole illustrates, discussed below.
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(a) Equality According to socialists, everything that people produce is a social product, and therefore everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it, in order to create an equal society so individuals could be treated more so. Socialist have a concern
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