Hey Cyber Friends:
Today's topic (if you're so inclined to read it) is socialism. It seems to me that there is a lot that passes for socialism that isn't quite so (at least in my view). Most notably are those who claim that the welfare state or any form of redistributive justice (mostly in the form of taxes or public services) is socialism. In my view, socialism is an equal distribution of the means of production, not merely a bit of wealth. The welfare state with a bit of redistribution to me isn't a distribution of the means of production, because the means of production remain privately owned and because the welfare state is compatible with capitalism. In fact, all welfare states remain committed to capitalism.
Furthermore, socialism to me isn't the so-called communism of Russia or China or Hitler's Germany. That was to me a state run capitalist enterprise--and brutal.
I'm interested in your views. But let's not post a million wikipedia entries or links, and let's at least agree that we're talking theoretically, not as I said, what is called communism or democracy or capitalism by states de facto. If you have philosophical insights to clarify the concept aside from Marx, or perhaps just thoughts on what socialism should be, I'm interested to hear.
:-) I'm looking forward to this.