A person who thinks that the hard working people should share their paychecks with their lazy neighbors, just because they have more money. Even though they worked hard for their money, they should still give it to their neighbor who sits on their couch watching tv all day, because it wouldn't be FAIR if the hard worker had more money.
Socialists also tend to think that the hard working people should pay for their lazy neighbor to go to the hospital as well. Kind of like Barack Obama. Even though the lazy neighbor is completely useless and spent their Obama Check on beer and cigarettes, hardworking people should pay for their healthcare. The hardworking person only wants to keep their money because they're a greedy asshole, not because they worked hard for it or anything.
My neighbor gets 2000 dollars from the government every month because "his back hurts." Yet he spends his entire day out in his backyard, building a treehouse, a go-cart, and other projects. And Barack Obama wants me to pay for his healthcare now as well as his backyard projects. Fuck you, Obama, Pirate Socialist in Chief.
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.
someone who believes the rich should have to pay for the poor, the government should own all businessess, any given company should have to kiss the ass of all its customers. They also tend to forget that every socialist nation has failed in every imaginable way, and the people live in misery all the time.
We aren't socialist, we just think that noone deserves to be rich, no matter how hard they work at it, and lazy people should have the same amount of money as everyone else.