Democracy and Socilism Are Compatable
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Democracy: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. 
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. 
From these definitions, you can tell what the two basically are. Democracy is a government in which the power belongs to the people, and either they (direct democracy) or representatives elected by the people (indirect democracy) make decisions for the community, in this case a nation. Socialism is a system of social organization that supports giving the ownership and control of industry, money, land, etc. to the community as a whole. Therefore, any nation where the community controls money, power, and land collectively, and where the people or their representatives make decisions, is both socialist and a democracy. How could a country be two things that are supposedly "polar opposites"?
In fact, there are many countries in the world that are socialist (although they don't necessarily consider themselves that) that might surprise you, especially the top 10. For one, China. Now before you jump and say how oppressive and tyrannical China is, wait for the rest of them. The other nine most socialist countries in the world are as follows (not necessarily in order):
Many of these countries are very successful, and all of the top ten (other than China) are democracies. Many Americans might be surprised to find that one of the most socialist countries in the world is just to the north.
I'm not here to debate the virtues and detriments of either system, but only if they are compatible. My assumption is basically this: you're saying that a system of socialism similar to any country on your list is compatible with our present American system. I'm saying they are intrinsically opposed to one another on the basis I have outlined above, and therefore are not compatible.
Capitalism: an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth 
Nowhere in the definition of capitalism does it say anything about a government elected by the people. Similarly, the definition of democracy contains nothing about private ownership of property or wealth. By definition, socialism and capitalism are indeed opposites, but since neither is the same as democracy, neither is the opposite of it.
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Vote Placed by Beverlee 2 years ago
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