[ExI] Opinions on Capitalism vs. Socialism by Nation

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 14 14:43:10 UTC 2009

--- On Tue, 4/14/09, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> It's not impossible that the people who answered the survey
> didn't
> understand what the difference between capitalism and
> socialism was,
> given the results of surveys on apparently much easier
> questions:
> http://sciencedude.freedomblogging.com/2008/06/25/does-earth-orbit-the-sun-many-people-dont-know/3209/

Well, some of it might be that the terms are loaded.  I participate in a Left-Libertarian group where some members define socialism as something other than a command economy -- using the term "state socialism" for command economies (and state capitalism for the soft fascism that now seems the rule in much of the world*).

By the way, isn't it more accurate to say the Earth goes around the solar system's barycenter?



*  Fascism is perhaps a more accurate term since, in the West, the state rigorously controls almost all activities to a large degree and ownership of capital and property in general is merely nominal -- and the state can at any time, it seems seize property when it sees fits when it doesn't merely tell owners what they must or must not do under pain of death and all lesser penalties.


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