Socialism is a socioeconomic belief that stresses the importance of communal involvement in property and wealth distribution. This guide explains the history of socialism from political and economic standpoints. You’ll learn about various socialist philosophies, and read arguments both for and against the ideology. Also find links to contemporary socialist organizations, and read news articles and essays written by today’s socialist media.
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Socialist ideology runs contrary to capitalism, which governs the American socioeconomic system. Nevertheless, there are still significant arguments made in favor of socialist ideals. The following resources outline arguments made both for and against socialist platforms. You’ll find essays and articles published by socialist organizations and pro-capitalist groups.
- When you research a political ideology, be sure to check your source. Go to the “About Us” page of any Web site that discusses socialism to determine the bias of the writing.
- Albert Einstein once argued in favor of socialism. Read his essay, “Why Socialism?” published in the Monthly Review (May 1949).
For pro-socialist opinion…
publishes articles and discussions in favor of socialism. This speech, delivered at a socialist convention in 2002 by feminist author Megan Cornish, defines socialism and its major principles, and describes how they can be implemented in contemporary society.
For anti-socialist opinion…
The Library of Economics and Liberty
publishes a number of essays on socialism and economics including this article. The discussion outlines the economic theory and origins of the movement, and explains the problems that emerge in implementing socialist principles, especially in Western society.
The Ashbrook Center
offers an article titled, “Socialism vs. Capitalism: Which is the Moral System?” by C. Bradley Thompson. Thompson explores the distinctions between the two ideologies, arguing that capitalism is the more effective and humane form of governance. The Ashbrook Center is a conservative organization seeking to promote the benefits of capitalism through education.
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