The Socialist Ideal

The Socialist Ideal - The Socialist Ideal Many, if not...

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The Socialist Ideal Many, if not most, contemporary socialists (we’re virtually the only major country without them) advocate other forms of pursuing socialist objectives than the traditional stereotype — which includes public ownership of major industries and a command economy run by a centralized bureaucracy, perhaps a totalitarian dictatorship. They instead advocate some form of “market socialism”, which retains a major role for capitalist markets and private enterprise. What then qualifies an economic system or political movement as socialist, if not its conformity to the traditional model? The best way to define socialism, I submit, is by reference to the ideal towards which it strives. What, then, is the socialist ideal? Here is a sketch that represents a widespread consensus among those who call themselves socialists today: Socialism demands a fully democratic society, with strong and extensive civil liberties, but where democratic/legislative control is extended into the economic domain (investment,
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2009 for the course PHIL 1317 taught by Professor Nenadpopovic during the Spring '08 term at SMU.

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