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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-26-13 05:04 AM
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10. but, what is your definition? I asked because I would find it useful to know.
Edited on Tue Nov-26-13 05:35 AM by No Elephants
Based on what I said about the way righties win with an overbroad definition of socialism and on what you said in your latest post, it seems righties win either way.

You could say that the fire department is socialistic, but that is not a definition of socialism.

FYI, the very first fire department was government-provided, albeit manned by slaves.

There is also, IMO, a big difference between a capitalist society with a few programs for the common good and a socialist nation.

It can't be that everything paid for or supplemented with tax dollars-socialism or every nation's central government would be socialist, even a traditional monarchy. So would a nation's military, traffic lights, etc. Some things have to be simply because people are living together in a society.

Maybe letting the homes and businesses of the uninsured in a town burn to the ground is okay with a fire insurance company, but not with the neighbors of the burned down buildings, or with the town as a whole. So, even people who are insured decide government has to provide fire fighting services. Or the government decides, because it misses the revenue of the burned down businesses and neighborhood that are not blighted and decaying. (And that is apart from human considerations, like why should an infant get burned because Mom and Dad did not pay the fire insurance for the home.)

A capitalistic society that has a few programs that use tax dollars for the common good does not, IMO, make that society socialist.

As a general rule, though, Enthusiast, if anything make you think I am a rightie or a libertarian, then something I said gave you the wrong impression!
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