Socialism


Socialism
ideology with the core belief that a society should exist in which popular collectives control the means of power, and therefore the means of production. Though the de facto meaning of socialism has changed over time, it remains strongly-related to the establishment of an organized working class; created through either revolution or by social evolution, with the purpose of building a classless society. Socialism had its origins in the ideals of The Enlightenment, during the Industrial Age/Age of Industrialization, amid yearnings for a more egalitarian society. It has also increasingly become concentrated on social reforms within modern democracies.

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  • Socialism — • A system of social and economic organization that would substitute state monopoly for private ownership of the sources of production and means of distribution Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Socialism     Socialism …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • socialism — so‧cial‧is‧m [ˈsəʊʆl ɪzm ǁ ˈsoʊ ] noun [uncountable] ECONOMICS a system of political beliefs and principles whose main aims are that everyone should have an equal opportunity to share wealth and that industries should be owned by the government …   Financial and business terms

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  • socialism — 1832, from Fr. socialisme or from SOCIAL (Cf. social) + ISM (Cf. ism). Cf. SOCIALIST (Cf. socialist). Apparently first in reference to Robert Owen s communes. Pierre Leroux (1797 1871), idealistic social reformer and Saint Simonian publicist,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • socialism — [n] socialist government Bolshevism, collective ownership, collectivism, communism, Fabianism, Leninism, Maoism, Marxism, state ownerhsip; concept 301 …   New thesaurus

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  • socialism — [sō′shəl iz΄əm] n. 1. any of various theories or systems of the ownership and operation of the means of production and distribution by society or the community rather than by private individuals, with all members of society or the community… …   English World dictionary

  • Socialism — This article is about socialism as an economic system and political philosophy. For socialism as a specific stage of socioeconomic development in Marxist theory, see Socialism (Marxism) …   Wikipedia


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