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  •  Socialism is a rather general term (6+ / 0-)

    and it covers a wide range of views.  In Europe, many politicians identify themselves as socialist.  From what I can tell, they favor the nationalization of such things as health care, university education, and public transportation, but they are not opposed to free enterprise for most goods and services.  I think that most progressives in the U.S. would be quite happy with European-style socialism.

    •  Specifically, socialism is the public ownership of (4+ / 0-)

      the means of production, and is opposed to capitalism, which is the private ownership of the means of production.

      The European-style "socialism" you speak of I think is better called "social democracy," and, yes, is very close to U.S. progressivism.

      "Free enterprise" to me is more the province of progressivism than capitalism. Progressivism builds a better framework for free enterprise to operate on. But capitalism tends towards cornering the market and squashing free enterprise.

      The Paragraph: “We dance round in a ring and suppose, But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.” - Robert Frost

      by hungeski on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 06:03:53 AM PDT

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