A socialist is someone who stands for free health care, education and overall better social health and quality of life. This does not involve an unrealistic 'take from the rich, give to the poor' notion, but alternative fiscal and monetary policies to ensure a healthy nation, not just a healthy economy.
Not to be confused with communism, which offers little incentives for people to work.
Julia: Our public hospitals are over crowded, under funded and under staffed.
Bob: If poor people get sick it's their own damned fault. Gimme more high end tax cuts!
Ben: Socialists are just hippie communists!
A human being who believes that the most harmonious state of affairs would be for all to get a fair shot at financial sucess. This belief is not motivated by his own selfishness as a capitalist would have you think, but is in actuality an honorable difference of opinion. In the 1930's farmers in the mid west were plowing their corn under because it was unprofitable, and at the same time millions across America were starving. Capitalists see this as logical, while socialists find it abhorrent. In short, socialism is about production for use, not profit.
Everyone calls me a socialist because I think universal health care is more important than Ross Perot having 28 cars.
A person who believes in an equal and communally beneficial system of government. Someone who supports such ideas as:
*Regulated economic market (no monopolies- therefore more selection for the public)
*A smaller rich/poor divide.
*a generally higher tax rate in exchange for high quality public services and transport etc.
on the politcal compass- they can be found in the bottom left quadrant.
Capitalist= Right Wing
Socialist= Left Wing
commonly mis-associated with a communist
'from each according to their means, to those according to their needs'
A word Republicans often use as a scare tactic against their rivals, the Democrats. The Democrats ignore the term and don't defend themselves. They afraid to explain that Socialism is OK in small amounts, because then they will be called communist.
Republican : Reform! That sounds like Socialism. You are a Socialist. If your in office, America will become a communist country.
Democrat: * looks around uncomfortably*
Anyone who disagrees with a Republican.
Are you a conservative?
*gasp* Go back to France, you anti-American commie socialist traitor!!!
1. (Noun) A person who embrace some or all of the ideas of Marx.
Common political agendas include:
Redistribution of wealth (from rich to poor), social security, free education & healthcare, strengthening of labour unions.
Socialists usually have less orthodox oppinions than communists, though a person can be both. A socialist will usually distance himself from communist dictators like Stalin, and instead claim loyalty to the original ideas of Marx and Lenin.
Unlike a communist, a socialist need not to be an atheist.
2. (Verb) Attributed to a country said to have a socialist system. This is often confused with communism, which according to Marx is a system where true equality exist, and the state have been made unneccesary. Most socialist agree that no country have had a truely communist regime.
1. "He is a socialist, not a communist."
"He doesn't support dictators like Stalin."
2. The socialist party favour better healthcare over tax cuts.
One who believes that the fruits of your labor belong to everyone else but you. Most favor high taxes to support a bloated nanny state that strips you of your rights in the name of security. Ironically these high taxes hurt the working man whom they champion. Advocates of this doctrine generally use rifles and rhetoric in political debates. They generally consider the US Constitiution as an obtacle to be overcome. Not to be confused with Democrats(Altough there are many similarities.)
Ivan: Hey Ted, hows it going?
Ted: Not bad, the new socialistgovernment just took my paycheck to help build a 10 mile bridge to an unpopulated island.
Ivan: You couldn't buy anything anyway, the government controlled economy doesn't produce consumer goods.
An individual or group that often denies that socialism is the intermediate step to communism. They go to great lengths to paint their Marxist agenda in terms on humanitarianism. By proposing "free" health-care for all, they deliberately deny the fact that one must pay a provider of medical services (usually through confiscatory taxes) or by conscripting doctors into being servants of the state. Further they deny that social monetary redistribution programs are take from the rich and give to the "needy" are programs based on Marxist dogma. In practice they rely on "progressive" tax structures to take larger and larger percentages from harder working and more motivated earners.
Communal social groups are the few working examples of a socialist micro society that works, but only because it is made up of like minded individuals. Cults are another example of collectivism.
Please look up the definitions from Websters cor further clarification.
Hillary and Barack's health care proposals are both socialist.
Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are based entirely on a Marxist model. Food stamps, welfare, aid for dependent children are extensions of these models. All take money from one class of individuals and spend it on another class of individuals while siphoning off the lions share to par for government employees.