Describe the ways in which socialist and others challenged the capitalist orders.Describe the ways in which socialist and others challenged the capitalist orders.

Expert Answers
kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you look at a particular point in history, one that is very interesting in the conflict between these two ideologies, is the early twentieth century.  Capitalist orders in Europe and in the United States were terrified about the prospects of rising socialism.  Because of fears about more powerful organized labor and other forces that would challenge the capitalist ideals of focus on the bottom line over workers' rights, etc., loads of legislation was passed and a number of socialist agitators or socialist party members were arrested and harassed in attempts to stop the spread of socialist ideas.

In other places like Eastern Europe, the socialists gained complete control, but in places like Western Europe and England where socialism was able to gain more ground, the influence can still be seen with the more socialist policies surrounding health care and welfare and social security like programs.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I am not sure if you are referring to a specific country, but after World War II there were several countries that turned socialist. It was quite popular for awhile. It's less common now because these countries did not have a good track record. They were usually totalitarian and brutal.