Britannica online defines it this way:
Social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources. According to the socialist view, individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another. Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it. Society as a whole, therefore, should own or at least control property for the benefit of all its members.
But this is how Dictionary.com defines Socialism:
so⋅cial⋅ism Show Spelled Pronunciation [soh-shuh-liz-uh m] Show IPA Pronunciation
1. A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. Procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. In Marxist theory: the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
Compare utopian socialism
Ooh, is anyone else scared?? That is some horrifying shit!! But then I see "Compare Utopian Socialism", what the deuce?!? Utopian society... it's a cream dream rage cage!!
But wait, what did that say? The step between Capitalism and Communism?? Whoa. By the imperfect implementation of the collectivist principles? If you're like me, then you just said what the fuzz?
So I googled it. Wait, is Google in the dictionary? Wow, yup... rad.
Then I googled Collectivist Principle and I got more than a dozen web pages, written by god knows who, and I can't be checking facts all day. I don't believe half of the shit I hear from anyone, even the really cool liberal shit on NPR. Democracy Now, my favorite show ever. Every day baby. There are always more than two sides to every story; it's the third one that is elusive.
So I searched the dictionary only to find zero entries for Collectivist Principle, same thing in the Encyclopedia.
But then I searched the Dictionary, and the Encyclopedia for collectism, and I got some answers that sounded just like soviet communism, go to the third definition.
So what's the point BiGhEaD? You may be asking. Well I haven't figured that part out quite yet. I'm going to go watch this movie, zeitgeist. I'll probably watch it a couple times. Take some notes, and give a review on here, so check back...
That, and I've been hearing the word socialism a lot in the news lately, so I figured I'd find out what they're all talking about... sounds like an impossible dream. All of these gawd awful social systems really stem from the ideal of a utopia. Everyone living in harmony and all that shit, it'll never happen. All the 'developing nations' out there, they aren't fucking developing. They are recovering. People and societies have existed so much longer in lands on the opposite side of this planet. Greed, wars, famine, democracies, republics, tribes, societies...
Those first three, in my opinion, are partially or maybe completely responsible for the downfall of any society that thrives and then falls. Sure there are lots of reasons, and people to blame. But it's human nature that we destroy our own societies. Looking through history, it seems to be the case to me. Let me know if you disagree. Try to convince me that there is hope for us shaved apes.
Till next time biotches