For people that have actually been to or lived in a socialist country it is easy to see that the United States is clearly capitalist. Unfortunately this has caused a lot of recent problems with out economy and our businesses, especially the larger corporations. For those that love capitalism, please take it. I'm ready for a more socialist environment where I can be treated like a human being.
An empircal economy of any kind is going to be a mixture of different economic philosophies. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a capitalist or socialist economy as such economies exist in theory. The U.S. however does not impose many limits (both in regulation or taxation) that socialist nations do and, on average, leans towards freer markets than socialist nations.
Although there are some socialist elements to our structure (most recently an attempt at providing universal healthcare), we still operate in a highly capitalist way. There is a tremendous amount of economic disparity in our country. The barriers to starting a small business are relatively low. Compared to many parts of the world, our tax rates are relatively low. Overall, we are definitely a capitalist country.
America is not even close to being a socialist country, which is sort of a problem. We love our free market, and I'm not opposed to it. But the belief that most Americans have when it comes to paying taxes and welfare is toxic. We're not all temporarily inconvenienced millionaires waiting for a payout. Our government takes a lot from us in taxes, and we should expect more social services in return.