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Transcript of Socialism
What is Socialism?
"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
the stage following capitalism in the
of a society to communism, characterized by the
imperfect implementation of collectivist principles
"Capitalism and Socialism: Crash Course World History #33". CrashCourse. September 6 2012. YouTube. January 12 2014.<youtube.com/watch?v=B3u4EFTwprM>
Where is Socialism practiced?
Socialism in Action: A Video
The Role of the Individual in Socialism
Five Basic Socialist Beliefs
The Role of Government in Business in Socialism
Socialism's role in Canada
What is an Ideology?
What is a political spectrum?
Socialism's Place on the Political Spectrum
How does Socialism stay in power?
Three Advantages of Socialism
Three Disadvantages of Socialism
Henri de Saint-Simon
New Lanark Cotton Mills
Palais du Luxembourg
Owen's Big Ideas:
-people were born good, but could
be corrupted by harsh treatment
-a person's character was formed by
the effects of their environment
-if people lived in a good environment,
they would become rational, good and
Saint-Simon's Big Ideas:
-world would become more
-science and technology would
solve most of humanity's problems
-industrial leaders should control
-society should be organized to
facilitate productive labour
-society's goal should be to produce
things useful to life
A political concept, or doctrine.
-way of comparing political ideologies to
- "left-wing" tends to push for progress and equality on a sliding scale
-"right-wing" tends to oppose change and protect interests of established elites
, not repress, the
sovereign will of the people
Disclaimer: Socialism is a matter of degree;
there are endless variations.
1) People, on the whole are
. When their
basic needs are met
, will want what is good for themselves but also what is good for the
2) A desire to
lessen class inequality
3) All people should in society should be
basic standard of living
doesn't infringe but
enhances the freedom of the people
by protecting their basic rights and necessities.
" A rising tide lifts all boats"
The Swedish Model
Swollen Bureaucracy and Inefficiency
Non-existence of Competition
Lack of consumer choice
Welfare Safety Net
-capitalist market still allowed in most sectors
-government makes the decision on whether sector will better serve citizens if state-run or free market
-often, state-run business will also allow free market competitors; Fed-Ex, private healthcare and education, et cetera
-mainly democratic nations
-if people link socialist policies, they will continue to vote for parties that share their values; in not, then they can vote for more capitalist parties
-allows for continuous fine-tuning of socialism to suit nation
-votes for the party that best suits their socialist ideals
-theoretically, expected to want not only what is best for themselves but what is best for the common good
-basic needs should be met by welfare systems
-allowed political and economic freedom with some safeguards
... and now for the performance art bit!
Central planning authority ensures
resources are used efficiently for citizens
Government works for the people
Socialist programs run federally
Socialist programs run provincially
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IN OUR WORDS: A system of government when the state controls some elements of the economy for the benefit of the citizens.