written by William Hodge
Socialism is a political and economical ideology
that intends to create a society free of class- and
other differences, wherein the means to produce
everything is controled by the state, and thus
everything produced is subsequently
distributed by the state. Socialism under this
description would be an economic ideology just as Capitalism is an economic ideology.
If the Political form in use were a Dictatorship combined with this definition of Socialism then the socio-economic system would be Communism. The purpose of the Communist State was to take control of the means of
Producing Goods and Services until the classless Society was established. At that point the people of this classless Society would control the means of production and the State would wither away.
Unfortunately for the classless, those who had the responsibility for running the temporary government prove to have more class priviledges
It is very difficult to surrender Privilege
once gained . Dictatorships do not wither with grace.
American Social Safety Networks were never meant to be a classless Society.The United States is a Representative Democracy as a
Political form of Government. The Economic system is primarily Capitalism, an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments
that are determined by private decision, and by
prices, production, and the distribution of goods
that are determined mainly by competition in a
In theory the economic gain by the individual depends on the level of ownership he has in the means of production in the economy and by
his level of work and contribution to the productionof goods and services. It is the desire to maximize the personal gain that contributes to the efficiency of the Capitalist system of production.
In addition to its economic system, the Government is also a provider of Goods and Services. The government maintains a Military system to defend the territorial integrity and
the protection of its citizens from aggression by other government entities. It provides
infrastructure(roads, bridges), education, healthcare and a retirement system for the old and disabled and military veterans. It provides some welfare for the poor and various other systems to protect the wellbeing of its citizens.
The money for providing these goods and services comes from taxing the income from goods and services created in the Capitalist economic system. The goods and services
provided by government constitutes the social part of the economic system of our Representative Democracy.
Most Democratic forms of government have a hybrid form of economic system of both Capitalism and Social Parity. Capitalism creates an efficient production of goods and service and Government services provide a safety network
for all of the citizens under the authority of the Government.
Copyright © William Hodge 2010