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  • Yes- A lot of western Europe has adopted similar systems and thrive

    The reason that a mixed economy works well is because it fills the role of supporting the middle class that 100% capitalism leaves empty. The right mixture leads to an all round strong economy that is not prone to full collapse. It also allows for the economical benefits of capitalism while mitigating the risk and wealth disparity that exists in capitalism. This is only the economical side of this point and there are many other benefits of this system that exist elsewhere in a country.

  • The Balance of Systems

    When you mix these two systems, properly, you diminish their faults and highlight their advantages. Both can and have been cruel systems that have acted against the people that work under them. Pure systems have nothing to capture and seal their faults. A mixed system covers and nets the holes that lead to failures in one-another.

  • Switzerland is a great example of a mix of socialism and capitalism.

    100% capitalism will fail, we need a good mix of mostly capitalism and some socialism.

    By having good welfare and social support infrastructure, with capitalist motivational systems on top. Countries like Switzerland and many others prove this is the method.

    Rand Paul and Libertarians in general believe that everything should be privatized, which is an even worser idea than the ideas proposed by Socialists.
    I like Rand Paul, but libertarians are couldn't be more wrong. If he is a true libertarian, he will not receive my vote.

    There is not one developed country in the world that is "Libertarian". The government needs to control the infastracture and continue to give welfare.

    Switzerland is a great example of this. We do need less government and taxes, but not "no government" like the Libertarians propose. If you like "no government", go to Somalia, the government there will do nothing for you.

    Switzerland, land of the world's best healthcare, also one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

  • All developed societies have a mix of capitalism and socialism.

    100% capitalism will fail, we need a good mix of mostly capitalism and some socialism.

    By having good welfare and social support infrastructure, with capitalist motivational systems on top. Countries like Switzerland and many others prove this is the method.

    Rand Paul and Libertarians in general believe that everything should be privatized, which is an even worser idea than the ideas proposed by Socialists.
    I like Rand Paul, but libertarians are couldn't be more wrong. If he is a true libertarian, he will not receive my vote.

    There is not one developed country in the world that is "Libertarian". The government needs to control the infastracture and continue to give welfare.

    Switzerland is a great example of this. We do need less government and taxes, but not "no government" like the Libertarians propose. If you like "no government", go to Somalia, the government there will do nothing for you.

  • All developed societies have a mix of capitalism and socialism.

    100% capitalism will fail, we need a good mix of mostly capitalism and some socialism.

    By having good welfare and social support infrastructure, with capitalist motivational systems on top. Countries like Switzerland and many others prove this is the method.

    Rand Paul and Libertarians in general believe that everything should be privatized, which is an even worser idea than the ideas proposed by Socialists.
    I like Rand Paul, but libertarians are couldn't be more wrong. If he is a true libertarian, he will not receive my vote.

    There is not one developed country in the world that is "Libertarian". The government needs to control the infastracture and continue to give welfare.

    Switzerland is a great example of this. We do need less government and taxes, but not "no government" like the Libertarians propose. If you like "no government", go to Somalia, the government there will do nothing for you.

  • All developed societies have a mix of capitalism and socialism.

    100% capitalism will fail, we need a good mix of mostly capitalism and some socialism.

    By having good welfare and social support infrastructure, with capitalist motivational systems on top. Countries like Switzerland and many others prove this is the method.

    Rand Paul and Libertarians in general believe that everything should be privatized, which is an even worser idea than the ideas proposed by Socialists.
    I like Rand Paul, but libertarians are couldn't be more wrong. If he is a true libertarian, he will not receive my vote.

    There is not one developed country in the world that is "Libertarian". The government needs to control the infastracture and continue to give welfare.

    Switzerland is a great example of this. We do need less government and taxes, but not "no government" like the Libertarians propose. If you like "no government", go to Somalia, the government there will do nothing for you.

  • All developed societies have a mix of socialism and capitalism.

    100% capitalism will fail, we need a good mix of mostly capitalism and some socialism.

    By having good welfare and social support infrastructure, with capitalist motivational systems on top. Countries like Switzerland and many others prove this is the method.

    Rand Paul and Libertarians in general believe that everything should be privatized, which is a terrible idea.

    There is not one developed country in the world that is "Libertarian". The government needs to control the infastracture and continue to give welfare.

    Switzerland is a great example of this. We do need less government and taxes, but not "no government" like the Libertarians propose. If you like "no government", go to Somalia, the government there will do nothing for you.

  • It's Not Only Good, It's Essential.

    Public education is socialist and more of that is critical. As has already been pointed out, shared services like police and fire, but also health care, food, clothing and shelter are essential even for those who cannot pay. We must endeavor to be self-sufficient, but we must also endeavor to help those who are less fortunate. Yes, there will be the greedy and the lazy who are happy on the teat of the welfare state and we should weed as many of those out as possible - but not at the expense of those truly in need, through no fault of their own. Without socialism, capitalism was a dismal proposition - there was a LARGER gap between rich and poor 100+ years ago than we have today.

  • Why not both?

    From the pragmatic perspective, both systems have abundant advantages and disadvantages. Historically, numerous theorists have contemplated and recycled economic ideas of either side. The American standard is not about ignorance and not just about freedom. It's about progress in ALL fields, and success for those who truly deserve it.
    If it's too big to fail, it's too big to exist.
    The needs of many outweigh the needs of the few.
    Supply-side economics doesn't work, and puts too much faith in the people who are most likely to be greedy, and have the greater capability to abuse their power even under the law.
    Socialism may be a slander and a scar for some 20th century countries, but it has obviously worked for nations like Denmark and Sweden, and if we teach children to be responsible and honor righteous principles, they won't abuse entitlement opportunities.
    If we get our minds out of the gutter, away from fundamental idealism, and towards utilitarian practicality, we can make America the best nation in the world again for all of the RIGHT reasons.

    P.S. If "your business" can be thoroughly proven to be destructive for the future and/or present, not towards yourself but for other people, it's entirely our business. Don't abuse the freedom you didn't earn.

  • Capitalism + socialism = China's bursting economy.

    The new concept of globalization is: to have a capitalist economy with a free market, which is already a pretty good idea. Now mix that with a socialist, hard-working society like the Chinese have always been known for. The result? Just google "Chinese economy" and you'll see it for yourself.

  • No Socialism doesn't work.

    When gov't acts outside of its main duties, you have Socialism assuming we're talking about the form that leads to bigger gov't. If we're talking about that form (or really any form) then that definitely does NOT work, no matter where it's tried Socialism doesn't work. There really is no characteristic of Socialism that works well at all, there are many examples to showcase this from the famous being USSR (which is Communism but Socialism isn't that much different from) and for an even earlier example before the Communist manifesto New Harmony Indiana, led by Robert Owen. This little town was all pre-built and set to go but under a Socialist format it failed in about 2 years.

  • Socialism doesnt work

    When gov't acts outside of its main duties, you have Socialism assuming we're talking about the form that leads to bigger gov't. If we're talking about that form (or really any form) then that definitely does NOT work, no matter where it's tried Socialism doesn't work. There really is no characteristic of Socialism that works well at all, there are many examples to showcase this from the famous being USSR (which is Communism but Socialism isn't that much different from) and for an even earlier example before the Communist manifesto New Harmony Indiana, led by Robert Owen. This little town was all pre-built and set to go but under a Socialist format it failed in about 2 years. Get the gov out of my businesses!

  • Kind of yes and no.

    Socialism is good I agree, its a very good concept with the benefit of the people but however I have heard of socialist societies before and they almost crashed and burned because too many people were feeding off of the system to actually work and put back into it. Socialism is good, but its only as good as the effort made by the people. If you have a bunch of people not working and not putting anything back or not even trying to find a job just doing nothing, the system will eventually fold into itself and crash. With more and more people especially now not working, there is nothing to go back into this system. Some people have success at socialist programs while other have to be made to suffer in order for some people to get things for free.


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AnonyFeline says2013-08-15T10:12:49.327
We're already there in the U.S. And moteso in many European countries. It's a balancing act of morality, economics, and public opinion.
Shadowguynick says2013-08-15T11:56:59.027
Yeah, but I know some people who don't like it. That's the purpose of the question.
AnonyFeline says2013-08-16T00:04:26.713
*moreso