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Socialism is a political, social and economic philosophy encompassing a range of economic and social systems characterised by social ownership of the means of production and workers' self-management of enterprises. Socialism_sentence_1

It includes the political theories and movements associated with such systems. Socialism_sentence_2

Social ownership can be public, collective, cooperative, or of equity. Socialism_sentence_3

While no single definition encapsulates many types of socialism, social ownership is the one common element. Socialism_sentence_4

Socialists disagree about the degree to which social control or regulation of the economy is necessary; how far society should intervene and whether government, particularly existing government, is the correct vehicle for change. Socialism_sentence_5

Socialist systems are divided into non-market and market forms. Socialism_sentence_6

Non-market socialism substitutes factor markets and money with integrated economic planning and engineering or technical criteria based on calculation performed in-kind, thereby producing a different economic mechanism that functions according to different economic laws and dynamics than those of capitalism. Socialism_sentence_7

A non-market socialist system eliminates the inefficiencies and crises traditionally associated with capital accumulation and the profit system in capitalism. Socialism_sentence_8

The socialist calculation debate, originated by the economic calculation problem, concerns the feasibility and methods of resource allocation for a planned socialist system. Socialism_sentence_9

By contrast, market socialism retains the use of monetary prices, factor markets and in some cases the profit motive, with respect to the operation of socially owned enterprises and the allocation of capital goods between them. Socialism_sentence_10

Profits generated by these firms would be controlled directly by the workforce of each firm or accrue to society at large in the form of a social dividend. Socialism_sentence_11

Anarchism and libertarian socialism oppose the use of the state as a means to establish socialism, favouring decentralisation above all, whether to establish non-market socialism or market socialism. Socialism_sentence_12

Socialist politics has been both internationalist and nationalist in orientation; organised through political parties and opposed to party politics; at times overlapping with trade unions and at other times independent and critical of them; and present in both industrialised and developing nations. Socialism_sentence_13

Social democracy originated within the socialist movement, supporting economic and social interventions to promote social justice. Socialism_sentence_14

While retaining socialism as a long-term goal, since the post-war period it has come to embrace a Keynesian mixed economy within a predominantly developed capitalist market economy and liberal democratic polity that expands state intervention to include income redistribution, regulation and a welfare state. Socialism_sentence_15

Economic democracy proposes a sort of market socialism, with more democratic control of companies, currencies, investments and natural resources. Socialism_sentence_16

The socialist political movement includes a set of political philosophies that originated in the revolutionary movements of the mid-to-late 18th century and out of concern for the social problems that were associated with capitalism. Socialism_sentence_17

By the late 19th century, after the work of Karl Marx and his collaborator Friedrich Engels, socialism had come to signify opposition to capitalism and advocacy for a post-capitalist system based on some form of social ownership of the means of production. Socialism_sentence_18

By the 1920s, communism and social democracy had become the two dominant political tendencies within the international socialist movement, with socialism itself becoming the most influential secular movement of the 20th century. Socialism_sentence_19

Socialist parties and ideas remain a political force with varying degrees of power and influence on all continents, heading national governments in many countries around the world. Socialism_sentence_20

Today, many socialists have also adopted the causes of other social movements such as environmentalism, feminism and progressivism. Socialism_sentence_21

While the emergence of the Soviet Union as the world's first nominally socialist state led to socialism's widespread association with the Soviet economic model, some economists and intellectuals argued that in practice the model functioned as a form of state capitalism or a non-planned administrative or command economy. Socialism_sentence_22

Academics, political commentators and other scholars tend to distinguish between authoritarian socialist and democratic socialist states, with the first representing the Soviet Bloc and the latter representing Western Bloc countries which have been democratically governed by socialist parties such as Britain, France, Sweden and Western social-democracies in general, among others. Socialism_sentence_23

Etymology Socialism_section_0

For Andrew Vincent, "[t]he word 'socialism' finds its root in the Latin sociare, which means to combine or to share. Socialism_sentence_24

The related, more technical term in Roman and then medieval law was societas. Socialism_sentence_25

This latter word could mean companionship and fellowship as well as the more legalistic idea of a consensual contract between freemen". Socialism_sentence_26

Socialism was coined by Henri de Saint-Simon, one of the founders of what would later be labelled utopian socialism. Socialism_sentence_27

Simon contrasted it to the liberal doctrine of individualism that emphasized the moral worth of the individual whilst stressing that people act or should act as if they are in isolation from one another. Socialism_sentence_28

The original utopian socialists condemned this doctrine of individualism for failing to address social concerns during the Industrial Revolution, including poverty, oppression and vast wealth inequality. Socialism_sentence_29

They viewed their society as harming community life by basing society on competition. Socialism_sentence_30

They presented socialism as an alternative to liberal individualism based on the shared ownership of resources. Socialism_sentence_31

Saint-Simon proposed economic planning, scientific administration and the application of scientific understanding to the organisation of society. Socialism_sentence_32

By contrast, Robert Owen proposed to organise production and ownership via cooperatives. Socialism_sentence_33

Socialism is also attributed in France to Pierre Leroux and Marie Roch Louis Reybaud while in Britain it is associated to Owen, who became one of the fathers of the cooperative movement. Socialism_sentence_34

The definition and usage of socialism settled by the 1860s, replacing associationist, co-operative and mutualist that had been used as synonyms while communism fell out of use during this period. Socialism_sentence_35

An early distinction between communism and socialism was that the latter aimed to only socialise production while the former aimed to socialise both production and consumption (in the form of free access to final goods). Socialism_sentence_36

By 1888, Marxists employed socialism in place of communism as the latter had come to be considered an old-fashion synonym for socialism. Socialism_sentence_37

It was not until after the Bolshevik Revolution that socialism was appropriated by Vladimir Lenin to mean a stage between capitalism and communism. Socialism_sentence_38

He used it to defend the Bolshevik program from Marxist criticism that Russia's productive forces were not sufficiently developed for communism. Socialism_sentence_39

The distinction between communism and socialism became salient in 1918 after the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party renamed itself to the All-Russian Communist Party, interpreting communism specifically to mean socialists who supported the politics and theories of Bolshevism, Leninism and later that of Marxism–Leninism, although communist parties continued to describe themselves as socialists dedicated to socialism. Socialism_sentence_40

According to The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx, "Marx used many terms to refer to a post-capitalist society—positive humanism, socialism, Communism, realm of free individuality, free association of producers, etc. Socialism_sentence_41

He used these terms completely interchangeably. Socialism_sentence_42

The notion that 'socialism' and 'Communism' are distinct historical stages is alien to his work and only entered the lexicon of Marxism after his death". Socialism_sentence_43

In Christian Europe, communists were believed to have adopted atheism. Socialism_sentence_44

In Protestant England, communism was too close to the Roman Catholic communion rite, hence socialist was the preferred term. Socialism_sentence_45

Engels argued that in 1848, when The Communist Manifesto was published, socialism was respectable in Europe while communism was not. Socialism_sentence_46

The Owenites in England and the Fourierists in France were considered respectable socialists while working-class movements that "proclaimed the necessity of total social change" denoted themselves communists. Socialism_sentence_47

This branch of socialism produced the communist work of Étienne Cabet in France and Wilhelm Weitling in Germany. Socialism_sentence_48

British moral philosopher John Stuart Mill discussed a form of economic socialism within a liberal context that would later be known as liberal socialism. Socialism_sentence_49

In later editions of his Principles of Political Economy (1848), Mill further argued that "as far as economic theory was concerned, there is nothing in principle in economic theory that precludes an economic order based on socialist policies" and promoted substituting capitalist businesses with worker cooperatives. Socialism_sentence_50

While democrats looked to the Revolutions of 1848 as a democratic revolution which in the long run ensured liberty, equality and fraternity, Marxists denounced it as a betrayal of working-class ideals by a bourgeoisie indifferent to the proletariat. Socialism_sentence_51

History Socialism_section_1

Main article: History of socialism Socialism_sentence_52

See also: History of anarchism and History of communism Socialism_sentence_53

Early socialism Socialism_section_2

Main article: Revolutions of 1848 Socialism_sentence_54

See also: Classical economics, Pre-Marxist communism, Pre-Marx socialists, Political economy, and Ricardian socialism Socialism_sentence_55

Socialist models and ideas espousing common or public ownership have existed since antiquity. Socialism_sentence_56

The economy of the 3rd century BCE Mauryan Empire of India was described as "a socialized monarchy" and "a sort of state socialism". Socialism_sentence_57

Elements of socialist thought were discerned in the politics of classical Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle. Socialism_sentence_58

Mazdak the Younger (died c. 524 or 528 CE), a Persian communal proto-socialist, instituted communal possessions and advocated the public good. Socialism_sentence_59

Abu Dharr al-Ghifari, a Companion of Muhammad, is credited by multiple authors as a principal antecedent of Islamic socialism. Socialism_sentence_60

The teachings of Jesus are frequently described as socialist, especially by Christian socialists. Socialism_sentence_61

records that in the early church in Jerusalem "[n]o one claimed that any of their possessions was their own", although the pattern soon disappears from church history except within monasticism. Socialism_sentence_62

Christian socialism was one of the founding threads of the British Labour Party and is claimed to begin with the uprising of Wat Tyler and John Ball in the 14th century CE. Socialism_sentence_63

After the French Revolution, activists and theorists such as François-Noël Babeuf, Étienne-Gabriel Morelly, Philippe Buonarroti and Auguste Blanqui influenced the early French labour and socialist movements. Socialism_sentence_64

In Britain, Thomas Paine proposed a detailed plan to tax property owners to pay for the needs of the poor in Agrarian Justice while Charles Hall wrote The Effects of Civilization on the People in European States, denouncing capitalism's effects on the poor of his time. Socialism_sentence_65

This work influenced the utopian schemes of Thomas Spence. Socialism_sentence_66

The first self-conscious socialist movements developed in the 1820s and 1830s. Socialism_sentence_67

Fourierists, Owenites and Saint-Simonians and provided a series of analyses and interpretations of society. Socialism_sentence_68

Especially the Owenites overlapped with other working-class movements such as the Chartists in the United Kingdom. Socialism_sentence_69

The Chartists gathered significant numbers around the People's Charter of 1838 which sought democratic reforms focused on the extension of suffrage to all male adults. Socialism_sentence_70

Leaders in the movement called for a more equitable distribution of income and better living conditions for the working classes. Socialism_sentence_71

The first trade unions and consumer cooperative societies followed the Chartist movement. Socialism_sentence_72

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon proposed his philosophy of mutualism in which "everyone had an equal claim, either alone or as part of a small cooperative, to possess and use land and other resources as needed to make a living". Socialism_sentence_73

Other currents inspired Christian socialism "often in Britain and then usually coming out of left liberal politics and a romantic anti-industrialism" which produced theorists such as Edward Bellamy, Charles Kingsley and Frederick Denison Maurice. Socialism_sentence_74

The first advocates of socialism favoured social levelling in order to create a meritocratic or technocratic society based on individual talent. Socialism_sentence_75

Henri de Saint-Simon was fascinated by the potential of science and technology and advocated a socialist society that would eliminate the disorderly aspects of capitalism based on equal opportunities. Socialism_sentence_76

He sought a society in which each person was ranked according to his or her capacities and rewarded according to his or her work. Socialism_sentence_77

His key focus was on administrative efficiency and industrialism and a belief that science was essential to progress. Socialism_sentence_78

This was accompanied by a desire for a rationally organised economy based on planning and geared towards large-scale scientific and material progress. Socialism_sentence_79

Other early socialist thinkers such as Charles Hall and Thomas Hodgkin based their ideas on David Ricardo's economic theories. Socialism_sentence_80

They reasoned that the equilibrium value of commodities approximated prices charged by the producer when those commodities were in elastic supply and that these producer prices corresponded to the embodied labour—the cost of the labour (essentially the wages paid) that was required to produce the commodities. Socialism_sentence_81

The Ricardian socialists viewed profit, interest and rent as deductions from this exchange-value. Socialism_sentence_82

West European social critics, including Louis Blanc, Charles Fourier, Charles Hall, Robert Owen, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and Saint-Simon were the first modern socialists who criticised the poverty and inequality of the Industrial Revolution. Socialism_sentence_83

They advocated reform, Owen advocating the transformation of society to small communities without private property. Socialism_sentence_84

Owen's contribution to modern socialism was his claim that individual actions and characteristics were largely determined by their social environment. Socialism_sentence_85

On the other hand, Fourier advocated Phalanstères (communities that respected individual desires, including sexual preferences), affinities and creativity and saw that work has to be made enjoyable for people. Socialism_sentence_86

Owen and Fourier's ideas were practiced in intentional communities around Europe and North America in the mid-19th century. Socialism_sentence_87

Paris Commune Socialism_section_3

Main article: Paris Commune Socialism_sentence_88

The Paris Commune was a government that ruled Paris from 18 March (formally, from 28 March) to 28 May 1871. Socialism_sentence_89

The Commune was the result of an uprising in Paris after France was defeated in the Franco-Prussian War. Socialism_sentence_90

The Commune elections were held on 26 March. Socialism_sentence_91

They elected a Commune council of 92 members, one member for each 20,000 residents. Socialism_sentence_92

Despite internal differences, the council began to organise public services. Socialism_sentence_93

It reached a consensus on certain policies that tended towards a progressive, secular and highly democratic social democracy. Socialism_sentence_94

Because the Commune was able to meet on fewer than 60 days in total, only a few decrees were actually implemented. Socialism_sentence_95

These included the separation of church and state; the remission of rents owed for the period of the siege (during which payment had been suspended); the abolition of night work in the hundreds of Paris bakeries; the granting of pensions to the unmarried companions and children of National Guards killed on active service; and the free return of all workmen's tools and household items valued up to 20 francs that had been pledged during the siege. Socialism_sentence_96

The Commune was concerned that skilled workers had been forced to pawn their tools during the war; the postponement of commercial debt obligations and the abolition of interest on the debts; and the right of employees to take over and run an enterprise if it were deserted by its owner. Socialism_sentence_97

The Commune nonetheless recognised the previous owner's right to compensation. Socialism_sentence_98

First International Socialism_section_4

Main article: International Workingmen's Association Socialism_sentence_99

In 1864, the First International was founded in London. Socialism_sentence_100

It united diverse revolutionary currents, including socialists such as the French followers of Proudhon, Blanquists, Philadelphes, English trade unionists and social democrats. Socialism_sentence_101

In 1865 and 1866, it held a preliminary conference and had its first congress in Geneva, respectively. Socialism_sentence_102

Due to their wide variety of philosophies, conflict immediately erupted. Socialism_sentence_103

The first objections to Marx came from the mutualists who opposed state socialism. Socialism_sentence_104

Shortly after Mikhail Bakunin and his followers joined in 1868, the First International became polarised into camps headed by Marx and Bakunin. Socialism_sentence_105

The clearest differences between the groups emerged over their proposed strategies for achieving their visions. Socialism_sentence_106

The First International became the first major international forum for the promulgation of socialist ideas. Socialism_sentence_107

Bakunin's followers were called collectivists and sought to collectivise ownership of the means of production while retaining payment proportional to the amount and kind of labour of each individual. Socialism_sentence_108

Like Proudhonists, they asserted the right of each individual to the product of his labour and to be remunerated for his particular contribution to production. Socialism_sentence_109

By contrast, anarcho-communists sought collective ownership of both the means and the products of labour. Socialism_sentence_110

As Errico Malatesta put it, "instead of running the risk of making a confusion in trying to distinguish what you and I each do, let us all work and put everything in common. Socialism_sentence_111

In this way each will give to society all that his strength permits until enough is produced for every one; and each will take all that he needs, limiting his needs only in those things of which there is not yet plenty for every one". Socialism_sentence_112

Anarcho-communism as a coherent economic-political philosophy was first formulated in the Italian section of the First International by Malatesta, Carlo Cafiero, Emilio Covelli, Andrea Costa and other ex-Mazzinian republicans. Socialism_sentence_113

Out of respect for Bakunin, they did not make their differences with collectivist anarchism explicit until after his death. Socialism_sentence_114

Syndicalism emerged in France inspired in part by Proudhon and later by Pelloutier and Georges Sorel. Socialism_sentence_115

It developed at the end of the 19th century out of the French trade-union movement (syndicat is the French word for trade union). Socialism_sentence_116

It was a significant force in Italy and Spain in the early 20th century until it was crushed by the fascist regimes in those countries. Socialism_sentence_117

In the United States, syndicalism appeared in the guise of the Industrial Workers of the World, or "Wobblies", founded in 1905. Socialism_sentence_118

Syndicalism is an economic system that organises industries into confederations (syndicates) and the economy is managed by negotiation between specialists and worker representatives of each field, comprising multiple non-competitive categorised units. Socialism_sentence_119

Syndicalism is a form of communism and economic corporatism, but also refers to the political movement and tactics used to bring about this type of system. Socialism_sentence_120

An influential anarchist movement based on syndicalist ideas is anarcho-syndicalism. Socialism_sentence_121

The International Workers Association is an international anarcho-syndicalist federation of various labour unions. Socialism_sentence_122

The Fabian Society is a British socialist organisation established to advance socialism via gradualist and reformist means. Socialism_sentence_123

The society laid many foundations of the Labour Party and subsequently affected the policies of states emerging from the decolonisation of the British Empire, most notably India and Singapore. Socialism_sentence_124

Originally, the Fabian Society was committed to the establishment of a socialist economy, alongside a commitment to British imperialism as a progressive and modernising force. Socialism_sentence_125

Later, the society functioned primarily as a think tank and is one of fifteen socialist societies affiliated with the Labour Party. Socialism_sentence_126

Similar societies exist in Australia (the Australian Fabian Society), in Canada (the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation and the now disbanded League for Social Reconstruction) and in New Zealand. Socialism_sentence_127

Guild socialism is a political movement advocating workers' control of industry through the medium of trade-related guilds "in an implied contractual relationship with the public". Socialism_sentence_128

It originated in the United Kingdom and was at its most influential in the first quarter of the 20th century. Socialism_sentence_129

Inspired by medieval guilds, theorists such as Samuel George Hobson and G. Socialism_sentence_130

D. H. Cole advocated the public ownership of industries and their workforces' organisation into guilds, each of which under the democratic control of its trade union. Socialism_sentence_131

Guild socialists were less inclined than Fabians to invest power in a state. Socialism_sentence_132

At some point, like the American Knights of Labor, guild socialism wanted to abolish the wage system. Socialism_sentence_133

Second International Socialism_section_5

Main article: Second International Socialism_sentence_134

See also: Internationalist–defencist schism, Proletarian internationalism, Reformist–revolutionary dispute, Revolutionary defeatism, Social chauvinism, and Social patriotism Socialism_sentence_135

As the ideas of Marx and Engels gained acceptance, particularly in central Europe, socialists sought to unite in an international organisation. Socialism_sentence_136

In 1889 (the centennial of the French Revolution), the Second International was founded, with 384 delegates from twenty countries representing about 300 labour and socialist organisations. Socialism_sentence_137

It was termed the Socialist International and Engels was elected honorary president at the third congress in 1893. Socialism_sentence_138

Anarchists were banned, mainly due to pressure from Marxists. Socialism_sentence_139

It has been argued that at some point the Second International turned "into a battleground over the issue of libertarian versus authoritarian socialism. Socialism_sentence_140

Not only did they effectively present themselves as champions of minority rights; they also provoked the German Marxists into demonstrating a dictatorial intolerance which was a factor in preventing the British labour movement from following the Marxist direction indicated by such leaders as H. Socialism_sentence_141

M. Hyndman". Socialism_sentence_142

Reformism arose as an alternative to revolution. Socialism_sentence_143

Eduard Bernstein was a leading social democrat in Germany who proposed the concept of evolutionary socialism. Socialism_sentence_144

Revolutionary socialists quickly targeted reformism: Rosa Luxemburg condemned Bernstein's Evolutionary Socialism in her 1900 essay Social Reform or Revolution? Socialism_sentence_145

Revolutionary socialism encompasses multiple social and political movements that may define "revolution" differently. Socialism_sentence_146

The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) became the largest and most powerful socialist party in Europe, despite working illegally until the anti-socialist laws were dropped in 1890. Socialism_sentence_147

In the 1893 elections, it gained 1,787,000 votes, a quarter of the total votes cast, according to Engels. Socialism_sentence_148

In 1895, the year of his death, Engels emphasised The Communist Manifesto's emphasis on winning, as a first step, the "battle of democracy". Socialism_sentence_149

Early 20th century Socialism_section_6

Main articles: Biennio Rosso, German Revolution of 1918–1919, Russian Revolution, Spanish Revolution of 1936, and World communism Socialism_sentence_150

In Argentina, the Socialist Party of Argentina was established in the 1890s led by Juan B. Justo and Nicolás Repetto, among others. Socialism_sentence_151

It was the first mass party in the country and in Latin America. Socialism_sentence_152

The party affiliated itself with the Second International. Socialism_sentence_153

Between 1924 and 1940, it was a member of the Labour and Socialist International. Socialism_sentence_154

In 1904, Australians elected Chris Watson as the first Australian Labor Party Prime Minister, becoming the first democratically elected socialist. Socialism_sentence_155

In 1909, the first Kibbutz was established in Palestine by Russian Jewish Immigrants. Socialism_sentence_156

The Kibbutz Movement expanded through the 20th century following a doctrine of Zionist socialism. Socialism_sentence_157

The British Labour Party first won seats in the House of Commons in 1902. Socialism_sentence_158

The International Socialist Commission (ISC, also known as Berne International) was formed in February 1919 at a meeting in Bern by parties that wanted to resurrect the Second International. Socialism_sentence_159

By 1917, the patriotism of World War I changed into political radicalism in Australia, most of Europe and the United States. Socialism_sentence_160

Other socialist parties from around the world who were beginning to gain importance in their national politics in the early 20th century included the Italian Socialist Party, the French Section of the Workers' International, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party and the Socialist Party in Argentina, the Socialist Workers' Party in Chile and the Socialist Party of America in the United States. Socialism_sentence_161

Russian Revolution Socialism_section_7

Main articles: February Revolution and October Revolution Socialism_sentence_162

In February 1917, revolution exploded in Russia. Socialism_sentence_163

Workers, soldiers and peasants established soviets (councils), the monarchy fell and a provisional government convened pending the election of a constituent assembly. Socialism_sentence_164

In April of that year, Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik faction of socialists in Russia and known for his profound and controversial expansions of Marxism, was allowed to cross Germany to return from exile in Switzerland. Socialism_sentence_165

Lenin had published essays on his analysis of imperialism, the monopoly and globalisation phase of capitalism, as well as analyses on social conditions. Socialism_sentence_166

He observed that as capitalism had further developed in Europe and America, the workers remained unable to gain class consciousness so long as they were too busy working to pay their expenses. Socialism_sentence_167

He therefore proposed that the social revolution would require the leadership of a vanguard party of class-conscious revolutionaries from the educated and politically active part of the population. Socialism_sentence_168

Upon arriving in Petrograd, Lenin declared that the revolution in Russia had only begun, and that the next step was for the workers' soviets to take full authority. Socialism_sentence_169

He issued a thesis outlining the Bolshevik programme, including rejection of any legitimacy in the provisional government and advocacy for state power to be administered through the soviets. Socialism_sentence_170

The Bolsheviks became the most influential force. Socialism_sentence_171

On 7 November, the capitol of the provisional government was stormed by Bolshevik Red Guards in what afterwards became known as the Great October Socialist Revolution. Socialism_sentence_172

The provisional government ended and the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic—the world's first constitutionally socialist state—was established. Socialism_sentence_173

On 25 January 1918, Lenin declared "Long live the world socialist revolution!" Socialism_sentence_174

at the Petrograd Soviet and proposed an immediate armistice on all fronts and transferred the land of the landed proprietors, the crown and the monasteries to the peasant committees without compensation. Socialism_sentence_175

The day after assuming executive power on 25 January, Lenin wrote Draft Regulations on Workers' Control, which granted workers control of businesses with more than five workers and office employees and access to all books, documents and stocks and whose decisions were to be "binding upon the owners of the enterprises". Socialism_sentence_176

Governing through the elected soviets and in alliance with the peasant-based Left Socialist-Revolutionaries, the Bolshevik government began nationalising banks and industry; and disavowed the national debts of the deposed Romanov royal régime. Socialism_sentence_177

It sued for peace, withdrawing from World War I and convoked a Constituent Assembly in which the peasant Socialist-Revolutionary Party (SR) won a majority. Socialism_sentence_178

The Constituent Assembly elected SR leader Victor Chernov President of a Russian republic, but rejected the Bolshevik proposal that it endorse the Soviet decrees on land, peace and workers' control and acknowledge the power of the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers' and Peasants' Deputies. Socialism_sentence_179

The next day, the Bolsheviks declared that the assembly was elected on outdated party lists and the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviets dissolved it. Socialism_sentence_180

In March 1919, world communist parties formed Comintern (also known as the Third International) at a meeting in Moscow. Socialism_sentence_181

International Working Union of Socialist Parties Socialism_section_8

Main article: International Working Union of Socialist Parties Socialism_sentence_182

Parties which did not want to be a part of the resurrected Second International (ISC) or Comintern formed the International Working Union of Socialist Parties (IWUSP, also known as Vienna International/Vienna Union/Two-and-a-Half International) on 27 February 1921 at a conference in Vienna. Socialism_sentence_183

The ISC and the IWUSP joined to form the Labour and Socialist International (LSI) in May 1923 at a meeting in Hamburg Left-wing groups which did not agree to the centralisation and abandonment of the soviets by the Bolshevik Party led left-wing uprisings against the Bolsheviks—such groups included Socialist Revolutionaries, Left Socialist Revolutionaries, Mensheviks and anarchists. Socialism_sentence_184

Within this left-wing discontent, the most large-scale events were the worker's Kronstadt rebellion and the anarchist led Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine uprising which controlled an area known as the Free Territory. Socialism_sentence_185

Third International Socialism_section_9

Main article: Communist International Socialism_sentence_186

The Bolshevik Russian Revolution of January 1918 launched communist parties in many countries and concomitant revolutions from 1917–1923. Socialism_sentence_187

Few communists doubted that the Russian experience depended on successful, working-class socialist revolutions in developed capitalist countries. Socialism_sentence_188

In 1919, Lenin and Trotsky organised the world's communist parties into an international association of workers—the Communist International (Comintern), also called the Third International. Socialism_sentence_189

The Russian Revolution influenced uprisings in other countries. Socialism_sentence_190

The German Revolution of 1918–1919 replaced Germany's imperial government with a republic. Socialism_sentence_191

The revolution lasted from November 1918 until the establishment of the Weimar Republic in August 1919. Socialism_sentence_192

It included an episode known as the Bavarian Soviet Republic and the Spartacist uprising. Socialism_sentence_193

In Italy, the events known as the Biennio Rosso were characterised by mass strikes, worker demonstrations and self-management experiments through land and factory occupations. Socialism_sentence_194

In Turin and Milan, workers' councils were formed and many factory occupations took place led by anarcho-syndicalists organised around the Unione Sindacale Italiana. Socialism_sentence_195

By 1920, the Red Army under Trotsky had largely defeated the royalist White Armies. Socialism_sentence_196

In 1921, War Communism was ended and under the New Economic Policy (NEP) private ownership was allowed for small and medium peasant enterprises. Socialism_sentence_197

While industry remained largely state-controlled, Lenin acknowledged that the NEP was a necessary capitalist measure for a country unready for socialism. Socialism_sentence_198

Profiteering returned in the form of "NEP men" and rich peasants (kulaks) gained power. Socialism_sentence_199

Trotsky's role was questioned by other socialists, including ex-Trotskyists. Socialism_sentence_200

In the United States, Dwight Macdonald broke with Trotsky and left the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party by noting the Kronstadt rebellion, which Trotsky and the other Bolsheviks had brutally repressed. Socialism_sentence_201

He then moved towards democratic socialism and anarchism. Socialism_sentence_202

A similar critique of Trotsky's role in the Kronstadt rebellion was raised by American anarchist Emma Goldman. Socialism_sentence_203

In her essay "Trotsky Protests Too Much", she states, "I admit, the dictatorship under Stalin's rule has become monstrous. Socialism_sentence_204

That does not, however, lessen the guilt of Leon Trotsky as one of the actors in the revolutionary drama of which Kronstadt was one of the bloodiest scenes". Socialism_sentence_205

4th World Congress of the Communist International Socialism_section_10

Main article: 4th World Congress of the Communist International Socialism_sentence_206

In 1922, the fourth congress of the Communist International took up the policy of the United Front. Socialism_sentence_207

It urged communists to work with rank and file social democrats while remaining critical of their leaders. Socialism_sentence_208

They criticised those leaders for betraying the working class by supporting the capitalists' war efforts. Socialism_sentence_209

The social democrats pointed to the dislocation caused by revolution and later the growing authoritarianism of the communist parties. Socialism_sentence_210

The Labour Party rejected the Communist Party of Great Britain's application to affiliate to them in 1920. Socialism_sentence_211

On seeing the Soviet State's growing coercive power in 1923, a dying Lenin said Russia had reverted to "a bourgeois tsarist machine [...] barely varnished with socialism". Socialism_sentence_212

After Lenin's death in January 1924, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union—then increasingly under the control of Joseph Stalin—rejected the theory that socialism could not be built solely in the Soviet Union in favour of the concept of socialism in one country. Socialism_sentence_213

Despite the marginalised Left Opposition's demand for the restoration of Soviet democracy, Stalin developed a bureaucratic, authoritarian government that was condemned by democratic socialists, anarchists and Trotskyists for undermining the Revolution's ideals. Socialism_sentence_214

In 1924, the Mongolian People's Republic was established and was ruled by the Mongolian People's Party. Socialism_sentence_215

The Russian Revolution and its aftermath motivated national communist parties elsewhere that gained political and social influence, in France, the United States, Italy, China, Mexico, the Brazil, Chile and Indonesia. Socialism_sentence_216

Spanish Civil War Socialism_section_11

Main article: Spanish Civil War Socialism_sentence_217

In Spain in 1936, the national anarcho-syndicalist trade union Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) initially refused to join a popular front electoral alliance. Socialism_sentence_218

Their abstention led to a right-wing election victory. Socialism_sentence_219

In 1936, the CNT changed its policy and anarchist votes helped return the popular front to power. Socialism_sentence_220

Months later, the former ruling class attempted a coup, sparking the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). Socialism_sentence_221

In response to the army rebellion, an anarchist-inspired movement of peasants and workers, supported by armed militias, took control of Barcelona and of large areas of rural Spain where they collectivised the land. Socialism_sentence_222

The Spanish Revolution was a workers' social revolution that began with the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and resulted in the widespread implementation of anarchist and more broadly libertarian socialist organisational principles in some areas for two to three years, primarily Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia and parts of Levante. Socialism_sentence_223

Much of Spain's economy came under worker control. Socialism_sentence_224

In anarchist strongholds like Catalonia the figure was as high as 75%, but lower in areas with heavy Communist Party influence, which actively resisted attempts at collectivisation. Socialism_sentence_225

Factories were run through worker committees, agrarian areas became collectivised and run as libertarian communes. Socialism_sentence_226

Anarchist historian Sam Dolgoff estimated that about eight million people participated directly or indirectly in the Spanish Revolution. Socialism_sentence_227

Mid-20th century Socialism_section_12

Post-World War II Socialism_section_13

Main articles: Cold War and Post-war consensus Socialism_sentence_228

See also: Post–World War II economic expansion Socialism_sentence_229

Trotsky's Fourth International was established in France in 1938 when Trotskyists argued that the Comintern or Third International had become irretrievably "lost to Stalinism" and thus incapable of leading the working class to power. Socialism_sentence_230

The rise of Nazism and the start of World War II led to the dissolution of the LSI in 1940. Socialism_sentence_231

After the War, the Socialist International was formed in Frankfurt in July 1951 as its successor. Socialism_sentence_232

After World War II, social democratic governments introduced social reform and wealth redistribution via welfare and taxation. Socialism_sentence_233

Social democratic parties dominated post-war politics in countries such as France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Belgium and Norway. Socialism_sentence_234

At one point, France claimed to be the world's most state-controlled capitalist country. Socialism_sentence_235

It nationalised public utilities including Charbonnages de France (CDF), Électricité de France (EDF), Gaz de France (GDF), Air France, Banque de France and Régie Nationale des Usines Renault. Socialism_sentence_236

In 1945, the British Labour Party led by Clement Attlee was elected based on a radical socialist programme. Socialism_sentence_237

The Labour government nationalised industries including mines, gas, coal, electricity, rail, iron, steel and the Bank of England. Socialism_sentence_238

British Petroleum was officially nationalised in 1951. Socialism_sentence_239

Anthony Crosland said that in 1956 25% of British industry was nationalised and that public employees, including those in nationalised industries, constituted a similar proportion of the country's workers. Socialism_sentence_240

The Labour Governments of 1964–1970 and 1974–1979 intervened further. Socialism_sentence_241

It re-nationalised British Steel (1967) after the Conservatives had denationalised it and nationalised British Leyland (1976). Socialism_sentence_242

The National Health Service provided taxpayer-funded health care to everyone, free at the point of service. Socialism_sentence_243

Working-class housing was provided in council housing estates and university education became available via a school grant system. Socialism_sentence_244

Nordic countries Socialism_section_14

See also: Nordic model Socialism_sentence_245

During most of the post-war era, Sweden was governed by the Swedish Social Democratic Party largely in cooperation with trade unions and industry. Socialism_sentence_246

In Sweden, the Swedish Social Democratic Party held power from 1936 to 1976, 1982 to 1991, 1994 to 2006 and 2014 through 2023, most recently in a minority coalition. Socialism_sentence_247

Tage Erlander was the first leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party (SSDP). Socialism_sentence_248

He led the government from 1946 to 1969, the longest uninterrupted parliamentary government. Socialism_sentence_249

These governments substantially expanded the welfare state. Socialism_sentence_250

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme identified as a "democratic socialist" and was described as a "revolutionary reformist". Socialism_sentence_251

The Norwegian Labour Party was established in 1887 and was largely a trade union federation. Socialism_sentence_252

The party did not proclaim a socialist agenda, elevating universal suffrage and dissolution of the union with Sweden as its top priorities. Socialism_sentence_253

In 1899, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions separated from the Labour Party. Socialism_sentence_254

Around the time of the Russian Revolution, the Labour Party moved to the left and joined the Communist International from 1919 through 1923. Socialism_sentence_255

Thereafter, the party still regarded itself as revolutionary, but the party's left-wing broke away and established the Communist Party of Norway while the Labour Party gradually adopted a reformist line around 1930. Socialism_sentence_256

In 1935, Johan Nygaardsvold established a coalition that lasted until 1945. Socialism_sentence_257

From 1946 to 1962, the Norwegian Labour Party held an absolute majority in the parliament led by Einar Gerhardsen, who remained Prime Minister for seventeen years. Socialism_sentence_258

Although the party abandoned most of its pre-war socialist ideas, the welfare state was expanded under Gerhardsen to ensure the universal provision of basic human rights and stabilise the economy. Socialism_sentence_259

In the 1945 Norwegian parliamentary election, the Communist Party took 12% of the votes, but it largely vanished during the Cold War. Socialism_sentence_260

In the 1950s, popular socialism emerged in Nordic countries. Socialism_sentence_261

It placed itself between communism and social democracy. Socialism_sentence_262

In the early 1960s, the Socialist Left Party challenged the Labour Party from the left. Socialism_sentence_263

Also in the 1960s, Gerhardsen established a planning agency and tried to establish a planned economy. Socialism_sentence_264

In the 1970s, a more radical socialist party, the Worker's Communist Party (AKP), broke from the Socialist Left Party and had notable influence in student associations and some trade unions. Socialism_sentence_265

The AKP identified with Communist China and Albania rather than the Soviet Union. Socialism_sentence_266

In countries such as Sweden, the Rehn–Meidner model allowed capitalists owning productive and efficient firms to retain profits at the expense of the firms' workers, exacerbating inequality and causing workers to agitate for a share of the profits in the 1970s. Socialism_sentence_267

At that time, women working in the state sector began to demand better wages. Socialism_sentence_268

Rudolf Meidner established a study committee that came up with a 1976 proposal to transfer excess profits into worker-controlled investment funds, with the intention that firms would create jobs and pay higher wages rather than reward company owners and managers. Socialism_sentence_269

Capitalists immediately labeled this proposal as socialism and launched an unprecedented opposition—including calling off the class compromise established in the 1938 Saltsjöbaden Agreement. Socialism_sentence_270

Social democratic parties are some of the oldest such parties and operate in all Nordic countries. Socialism_sentence_271

Countries or political systems that have long been dominated by social democratic parties are often labelled social democratic. Socialism_sentence_272

Those countries fit the social democratic type of "high socialism" which is described as favouring "a high level of decommodification and a low degree of stratification". Socialism_sentence_273

The Nordic model is a form of economic-political system common to the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). Socialism_sentence_274

It has three main ingredients, namely peaceful, institutionalised negotiation between employers and trade unions; active, predictable and measured macroeconomic policy; and universal welfare and free education. Socialism_sentence_275

The welfare system is governmental in Norway and Sweden whereas trade unions play a greater role in Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Socialism_sentence_276

The Nordic model is often labelled social democratic and contrasted with the conservative continental model and the liberal Anglo-American model. Socialism_sentence_277

Major reforms in the Nordic countries are the results of consensus and compromise across the political spectrum. Socialism_sentence_278

Key reforms were implemented under social democratic cabinets in Denmark, Norway and Sweden while centre-right parties dominated during the implementation of the model in Finland and Iceland. Socialism_sentence_279

Since World War II, Nordic countries have largely maintained a social democratic mixed economy, characterised by labour force participation, gender equality, egalitarian and universal benefits, redistribution of wealth and expansionary fiscal policy. Socialism_sentence_280

In Norway, the first mandatory social insurances were introduced by conservative cabinets in 1895 (Francis Hagerups's cabinet) and 1911 (Konow's Cabinet). Socialism_sentence_281

During the 1930s, the Labour Party adopted the conservatives' welfare state project. Socialism_sentence_282

After World War II, all political parties agreed that the welfare state should be expanded. Socialism_sentence_283

Universal social security (Folketrygden) was introduced by the conservative Borten's Cabinet. Socialism_sentence_284

Norway's economy is open to the international or European market for most products and services, joining the European Union's internal market in 1994 through European Economic Area. Socialism_sentence_285

Some of the mixed economy institutions from the post-war period were relaxed by the conservative cabinet of the 1980s and the finance market was deregulated. Socialism_sentence_286

Within the Varieties of Capitalism-framework, Finland, Norway and Sweden are identified as coordinated market economies. Socialism_sentence_287

Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Socialism_section_15

Main articles: Eastern Bloc and History of the Soviet Union Socialism_sentence_288

The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first spacecraft and the first astronaut. Socialism_sentence_289

The Soviet economy was the modern world's first centrally planned economy. Socialism_sentence_290

It adopted state ownership of industry managed through Gosplan (the State Planning Commission), Gosbank (the State Bank) and the Gossnab (State Commission for Materials and Equipment Supply). Socialism_sentence_291

Economic planning was conducted through serial Five-Year Plans. Socialism_sentence_292

The emphasis was on development of heavy industry. Socialism_sentence_293

The nation became one of the world's top manufacturers of basic and heavy industrial products, while deemphasizing light industrial production and consumer durables. Socialism_sentence_294

Modernisation brought about a general increase in the standard of living. Socialism_sentence_295

The Eastern Bloc was the group of Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact, including Poland, the German Democratic Republic, the Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Albania and Yugoslavia. Socialism_sentence_296

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt against the Communist government, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956. Socialism_sentence_297

Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's denunciation of the excesses of Stalin's regime during the Twentieth Communist Party Congress in 1956 as well as the Hungarian revolt, produced disunity within Western European communist and socialist parties. Socialism_sentence_298

Asia, Africa and Latin America Socialism_section_16

Main articles: Chinese Communist Revolution, Cuban Revolution, Decolonization, and Third World socialism Socialism_sentence_299

In the post-war years, socialism became increasingly influential in many then-developing countries. Socialism_sentence_300

Embracing Third World socialism, countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America often nationalised industries. Socialism_sentence_301

The Chinese Communist Revolution was the second stage in the Chinese Civil War, which ended with the establishment of the People's Republic of China led by the Chinese Communist Party. Socialism_sentence_302

The then-Chinese Kuomintang Party in the 1920s incorporated Chinese socialism as part of its ideology. Socialism_sentence_303

The emergence of this new political entity in the frame of the Cold War was complex and painful. Socialism_sentence_304

Several tentative efforts were made to organise newly independent states in order to establish a common front to limit the United States' and the Soviet Union's influence on them. Socialism_sentence_305

This led to the Sino-Soviet split. Socialism_sentence_306

The Non-Aligned Movement gathered around the figures of Jawaharlal Nehru of India, Sukarno of Indonesia, Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia and Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Socialism_sentence_307

After the 1954 Geneva Conference which ended the French war in Vietnam, the 1955 Bandung Conference gathered Nasser, Nehru, Tito, Sukarno and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai. Socialism_sentence_308

As many African countries gained independence during the 1960s, some of them rejected capitalism in favour of African socialism as defined by Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Léopold Senghor of Senegal, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Sékou Touré of Guinea. Socialism_sentence_309

The Cuban Revolution (1953–1959) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Fulgencio Batista. Socialism_sentence_310

Castro's government eventually adopted communism, becoming the Communist Party of Cuba in October 1965. Socialism_sentence_311

In Indonesia, a right-wing military regime led by Suharto killed between 500,000 and one million people in 1965 and 1966, mainly to crush the growing influence of the Communist Party and other leftist groups, with support from the United States which provided kill lists containing thousands of names of suspected high-ranking Communists. Socialism_sentence_312

New Left Socialism_section_17

Main article: New Left Socialism_sentence_313

The New Left was a term used mainly in the United Kingdom and United States in reference to activists, educators, agitators and others in the 1960s and 1970s who sought to implement a broad range of reforms on issues such as gay rights, abortion, gender roles and drugs in contrast to earlier leftist or Marxist movements that had taken a more vanguardist approach to social justice and focused mostly on labour unionisation and questions of social class. Socialism_sentence_314

The New Left rejected involvement with the labour movement and Marxism's historical theory of class struggle. Socialism_sentence_315

In the United States, the New Left was associated with the Hippie movement and anti-war college campus protest movements as well as the black liberation movements such as the Black Panther Party. Socialism_sentence_316

While initially formed in opposition to the "Old Left" Democratic Party, groups composing the New Left gradually became central players in the Democratic coalition. Socialism_sentence_317

Protests of 1968 Socialism_section_18

Main article: Protests of 1968 Socialism_sentence_318

The protests of 1968 represented a worldwide escalation of social conflicts, predominantly characterised by popular rebellions against military, capitalist and bureaucratic elites who responded with an escalation of political repression. Socialism_sentence_319

These protests marked a turning point for the civil rights movement in the United States which produced revolutionary movements like the Black Panther Party. Socialism_sentence_320

The prominent civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. organised the "Poor People's Campaign" to address issues of economic justice, while personally showing sympathy with democratic socialism. Socialism_sentence_321

In reaction to the Tet Offensive, protests also sparked a broad movement in opposition to the Vietnam War all over the United States and even into London, Paris, Berlin and Rome. Socialism_sentence_322

In 1968, the International of Anarchist Federations was founded during an international anarchist conference held in Carrara by the three existing European federations of France, the Italian and the Iberian Anarchist Federation as well as the Bulgarian federation in French exile. Socialism_sentence_323

Mass socialist or communist movements grew not only in the United States, but also in most European countries. Socialism_sentence_324

The most spectacular manifestation of this were the May 1968 protests in France in which students linked up with strikes of up to ten million workers and for a few days the movement seemed capable of overthrowing the government. Socialism_sentence_325

In many other capitalist countries, struggles against dictatorships, state repression and colonisation were also marked by protests in 1968, such as the beginning of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City and the escalation of guerrilla warfare against the military dictatorship in Brazil. Socialism_sentence_326

Countries governed by communist parties had protests against bureaucratic and military elites. Socialism_sentence_327

In Eastern Europe there were widespread protests that escalated particularly in the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia. Socialism_sentence_328

In response, Soviet Union occupied Czechoslovakia, but the occupation was denounced by the Italian and French communist parties and the Communist Party of Finland. Socialism_sentence_329

Few western European political leaders defended the occupation, among them the Portuguese communist secretary-general Álvaro Cunhal. Socialism_sentence_330

along with the Luxembourg party and conservative factions of the Communist Party of Greece. Socialism_sentence_331

In the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a social-political youth movement mobilised against "bourgeois" elements which were seen to be infiltrating the government and society at large, aiming to restore capitalism. Socialism_sentence_332

This movement motivated Maoism-inspired movements around the world in the context of the Sino-Soviet split. Socialism_sentence_333

Late 20th century Socialism_section_19

Main articles: Chinese economic reform, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, Eurocommunism, Nicaraguan Revolution, and Third Way Socialism_sentence_334

In the 1960s, a socialist tendency within the Latin American Catholic church appeared and was known as liberation theology It motivated the Colombian priest Camilo Torres Restrepo to enter the ELN guerrilla. Socialism_sentence_335

In Chile, Salvador Allende, a physician and candidate for the Socialist Party of Chile, was elected president in 1970. Socialism_sentence_336

In 1973, his government was ousted by the United States-backed military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, which lasted until the late 1980s. Socialism_sentence_337

Pinochet's regime was a leader of Operation Condor, a U.S.-backed campaign of repression and state terrorism carried out by the intelligence services of the Southern Cone countries of Latin America to eliminate suspected Communist subversion. Socialism_sentence_338

In Jamaica, the democratic socialist Michael Manley served as the fourth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1972 to 1980 and from 1989 to 1992. Socialism_sentence_339

According to opinion polls, he remains one of Jamaica's most popular Prime Ministers since independence. Socialism_sentence_340

The Nicaraguan Revolution encompassed the rising opposition to the Somoza dictatorship in the 1960s and 1970s, the campaign led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) to violently oust the dictatorship in 1978–1979, the subsequent efforts of the FSLN to govern Nicaragua from 1979 until 1990 and the socialist measures which included wide-scale agrarian reform and educational programs. Socialism_sentence_341

The People's Revolutionary Government was proclaimed on 13 March 1979 in Grenada which was overthrown by armed forces of the United States in 1983. Socialism_sentence_342

The Salvadoran Civil War (1979–1992) was a conflict between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a coalition or umbrella organisation of five socialist guerrilla groups. Socialism_sentence_343

A coup on 15 October 1979 led to the killings of anti-coup protesters by the government as well as anti-disorder protesters by the guerrillas, and is widely seen as the tipping point towards the civil war. Socialism_sentence_344

In Italy, Autonomia Operaia was a leftist movement particularly active from 1976 to 1978. Socialism_sentence_345

It took an important role in the autonomist movement in the 1970s, aside earlier organisations such as Potere Operaio (created after May 1968) and Lotta Continua. Socialism_sentence_346

This experience prompted the contemporary socialist radical movement autonomism. Socialism_sentence_347

In 1982, the newly elected French socialist government of François Mitterrand made nationalisations in a few key industries, including banks and insurance companies. Socialism_sentence_348

Eurocommunism was a trend in the 1970s and 1980s in various Western European communist parties to develop a theory and practice of social transformation that was more relevant for a Western European country and less aligned to the influence or control of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Socialism_sentence_349

Outside Western Europe, it is sometimes called neocommunism. Socialism_sentence_350

Some communist parties with strong popular support, notably the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) adopted Eurocommunism most enthusiastically and the Communist Party of Finland was dominated by Eurocommunists. Socialism_sentence_351

The French Communist Party (PCF) and many smaller parties strongly opposed Eurocommunism and stayed aligned with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union until the end of the Soviet Union. Socialism_sentence_352

In the late 1970s and in the 1980s, the Socialist International (SI) had extensive contacts and discussion with the two powers of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union, about east–west relations and arms control. Socialism_sentence_353

Since then, the SI has admitted as member parties the Nicaraguan FSLN, the left-wing Puerto Rican Independence Party, as well as former communist parties such as the Democratic Party of the Left of Italy and the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO). Socialism_sentence_354

The SI aided social democratic parties in re-establishing themselves when dictatorship gave way to democracy in Portugal (1974) and Spain (1975). Socialism_sentence_355

Until its 1976 Geneva Congress, the SI had few members outside Europe and no formal involvement with Latin America. Socialism_sentence_356

After Mao Zedong's death in 1976 and the arrest of the faction known as the Gang of Four, who were blamed for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping took power and led the People's Republic of China to significant economic reforms. Socialism_sentence_357

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) loosened governmental control over citizens' personal lives and the communes were disbanded in favour of private land leases, thus China's transition from a planned economy to a mixed economy named as "socialism with Chinese characteristics" which maintained state ownership rights over land, state or cooperative ownership of much of the heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors and state influence in the banking and financial sectors. Socialism_sentence_358

China adopted its current constitution on 4 December 1982. Socialism_sentence_359

Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin, Premiers Li Peng and Zhu Rongji led the nation in the 1990s. Socialism_sentence_360

Under their administration, China's economic performance pulled an estimated 150 million peasants out of poverty and sustained an average annual gross domestic product growth rate of 11.2%. Socialism_sentence_361

At the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam in December 1986, reformist politicians replaced the "old guard" government with new leadership. Socialism_sentence_362

The reformers were led by 71-year-old Nguyen Van Linh, who became the party's new general secretary. Socialism_sentence_363

Linh and the reformers implemented a series of free market reforms—known as Đổi Mới ("Renovation")—which carefully managed the transition from a planned economy to a "socialist-oriented market economy". Socialism_sentence_364

Mikhail Gorbachev wished to move the Soviet Union towards of Nordic-style social democracy, calling it "a socialist beacon for all mankind". Socialism_sentence_365

Prior to its dissolution in 1991, the economy of the Soviet Union was the second largest in the world after the United States. Socialism_sentence_366

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the economic integration of the Soviet republics was dissolved and overall industrial activity declined substantially. Socialism_sentence_367

A lasting legacy remains in the physical infrastructure created during decades of combined industrial production practices, and widespread environmental destruction. Socialism_sentence_368

The transition to capitalism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, which was accompanied by Washington Consensus-inspired "shock therapy", resulted in a steep fall in the standard of living. Socialism_sentence_369

The region experienced rising economic inequality and poverty a surge in excess mortality and a decline in life expectancy, which was accompanied by the entrenchment of a newly established business oligarchy in the former. Socialism_sentence_370

The average post-communist country had returned to 1989 levels of per-capita GDP by 2005, although some are still far behind that. Socialism_sentence_371

These developments led to increased nationalist sentiment and nostalgia for the Communist era. Socialism_sentence_372

Many social democratic parties, particularly after the Cold War, adopted neoliberal market policies including privatisation, deregulation and financialisation. Socialism_sentence_373

They abandoned their pursuit of moderate socialism in favour of economic liberalism. Socialism_sentence_374

By the 1980s, with the rise of conservative neoliberal politicians such as Ronald Reagan in the United States, Margaret Thatcher in Britain, Brian Mulroney in Canada and Augusto Pinochet in Chile, the Western welfare state was attacked from within, but state support for the corporate sector was maintained. Socialism_sentence_375

Monetarists and neoliberals attacked social welfare systems as impediments to private entrepreneurship. Socialism_sentence_376

In the United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock made a public attack against the entryist group Militant at the 1985 Labour Party conference. Socialism_sentence_377

Labour ruled that Militant was ineligible for affiliation with the party and it gradually expelled Militant supporters. Socialism_sentence_378

The Kinnock leadership had refused to support the 1984–1985 miner's strike over pit closures, a decision that the party's left wing and the National Union of Mineworkers blamed for the strike's eventual defeat. Socialism_sentence_379

In 1989, the 18th Congress of the Socialist International adopted a new Declaration of Principles, stating: Socialism_sentence_380

In the 1990s, the British Labour Party under Tony Blair enacted policies based on the free market economy to deliver public services via the private finance initiative. Socialism_sentence_381

Influential in these policies was the idea of a Third Way which called for a re-evaluation of welfare state policies. Socialism_sentence_382

In 1995, the Labour Party re-defined its stance on socialism by re-wording Clause IV of its constitution, defining socialism in ethical terms and removing all references to public, direct worker or municipal ownership of the means of production. Socialism_sentence_383

The Labour Party stated: "The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party. Socialism_sentence_384

It believes that, by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create, for each of us, the means to realise our true potential, and, for all of us, a community in which power, wealth, and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few". Socialism_sentence_385

Contemporary socialist politics Socialism_section_20

Africa Socialism_section_21

Main article: African socialism Socialism_sentence_386

African socialism has been and continues to be a major ideology around the continent. Socialism_sentence_387

Julius Nyerere was inspired by Fabian socialist ideals. Socialism_sentence_388

He was a firm believer in rural Africans and their traditions and ujamaa, a system of collectivisation that according to Nyerere was present before European imperialism. Socialism_sentence_389

Essentially he believed Africans were already socialists. Socialism_sentence_390

Other African socialists include Jomo Kenyatta, Kenneth Kaunda, Nelson Mandela and Kwame Nkrumah. Socialism_sentence_391

Fela Kuti was inspired by socialism and called for a democratic African republic. Socialism_sentence_392

In South Africa the African National Congress (ANC) abandoned its partial socialist allegiances after taking power and followed a standard neoliberal route. Socialism_sentence_393

From 2005 through to 2007, the country was wracked by many thousands of protests from poor communities. Socialism_sentence_394

One of these gave rise to a mass movement of shack dwellers, Abahlali baseMjondolo that despite major police suppression continues to work for popular people's planning and against the creation of a market economy in land and housing. Socialism_sentence_395

Asia Socialism_section_22

Main articles: Arab socialism, History of the People's Republic of China, Socialist market economy, and Socialist-oriented market economy Socialism_sentence_396

In Asia, states with socialist economies—such as the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Laos and Vietnam—have largely moved away from centralised economic planning in the 21st century, placing a greater emphasis on markets. Socialism_sentence_397

Forms include the Chinese socialist market economy and the Vietnamese socialist-oriented market economy. Socialism_sentence_398

They use state-owned corporate management models as opposed to modelling socialist enterprise on traditional management styles employed by government agencies. Socialism_sentence_399

In China living standards continued to improve rapidly despite the late-2000s recession, but centralised political control remained tight. Socialism_sentence_400

Brian Reynolds Myers in his book The Cleanest Race, later supported by other academics, dismisses the idea that Juche is North Korea's leading ideology, regarding its public exaltation as designed to deceive foreigners and that it exists to be praised and not actually read, pointing out that North Korea's constitution of 2009 omits all mention of communism. Socialism_sentence_401

Although the authority of the state remained unchallenged under Đổi Mới, the government of Vietnam encourages private ownership of farms and factories, economic deregulation and foreign investment, while maintaining control over strategic industries. Socialism_sentence_402

The Vietnamese economy subsequently achieved strong growth in agricultural and industrial production, construction, exports and foreign investment. Socialism_sentence_403

However, these reforms have also caused a rise in income inequality and gender disparities. Socialism_sentence_404

Elsewhere in Asia, some elected socialist parties and communist parties remain prominent, particularly in India and Nepal. Socialism_sentence_405

Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) in particular calls for multi-party democracy, social equality and economic prosperity. Socialism_sentence_406

In Singapore, a majority of the GDP is still generated from the state sector comprising government-linked companies. Socialism_sentence_407

In Japan, there has been a resurgent interest in the Japanese Communist Party among workers and youth. Socialism_sentence_408

In Malaysia, the Socialist Party of Malaysia got its first Member of Parliament, Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, after the 2008 general election. Socialism_sentence_409

In 2010, there were 270 kibbutzim in Israel. Socialism_sentence_410

Their factories and farms account for 9% of Israel's industrial output, worth US$8 billion and 40% of its agricultural output, worth over $1.7 billion. Socialism_sentence_411

Some Kibbutzim had also developed substantial high-tech and military industries. Socialism_sentence_412

Also in 2010, Kibbutz Sasa, containing some 200 members, generated $850 million in annual revenue from its military-plastics industry. Socialism_sentence_413

Europe Socialism_section_23

The United Nations World Happiness Report 2013 shows that the happiest nations are concentrated in Northern Europe, where the Nordic model is employed, with Denmark topping the list. Socialism_sentence_414

This is at times attributed to the success of the Nordic model in the region that has been labelled social democratic in contrast with the conservative continental model and the liberal Anglo-American model. Socialism_sentence_415

The Nordic countries ranked highest on the metrics of real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, generosity and freedom from corruption. Socialism_sentence_416

The objectives of the Party of European Socialists, the European Parliament's socialist and social democratic bloc, are now "to pursue international aims in respect of the principles on which the European Union is based, namely principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, democracy, respect of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and respect for the Rule of Law". Socialism_sentence_417

As a result, today the rallying cry of the French Revolution—Liberté, égalité, fraternité—is promoted as essential socialist values. Socialism_sentence_418

To the left of the PES at the European level is the Party of the European Left (PEL), also commonly abbreviated "European Left"), which is a political party at the European level and an association of democratic socialist, socialist and communist political parties in the European Union and other European countries. Socialism_sentence_419

It was formed in January 2004 for the purposes of running in the 2004 European Parliament elections. Socialism_sentence_420

PEL was founded on 8–9 May 2004 in Rome. Socialism_sentence_421

Elected MEPs from member parties of the European Left sit in the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the European parliament. Socialism_sentence_422

The socialist Left Party in Germany grew in popularity due to dissatisfaction with the increasingly neoliberal policies of the SPD, becoming the fourth biggest party in parliament in the general election on 27 September 2009. Socialism_sentence_423

Communist candidate Dimitris Christofias won a crucial presidential runoff in Cyprus, defeating his conservative rival with a majority of 53%. Socialism_sentence_424

In Ireland, in the 2009 European election Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party took one of three seats in the capital Dublin European constituency. Socialism_sentence_425

In Denmark, the Socialist People's Party (SF) more than doubled its parliamentary representation to 23 seats from 11, making it the fourth largest party. Socialism_sentence_426

In 2011, the Social Democrats, Socialist People's Party and the Danish Social Liberal Party formed government, after a slight victory over the main rival political coalition. Socialism_sentence_427

They were led by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and had the Red-Green Alliance as a supporting party. Socialism_sentence_428

In Norway, the Red-Green Coalition consists of the Labour Party (Ap), the Socialist Left Party (SV) and the Centre Party (Sp) and governed the country as a majority government from the 2005 general election until 2013. Socialism_sentence_429

In the Greek legislative election of January 2015, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) led by Alexis Tsipras won a legislative election for the first time while the Communist Party of Greece won 15 seats in parliament. Socialism_sentence_430

SYRIZA has been characterised as an anti-establishment party, whose success has sent "shock-waves across the EU". Socialism_sentence_431

In the United Kingdom, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers put forward a slate of candidates in the 2009 European Parliament elections under the banner of No to EU – Yes to Democracy, a broad left-wing alter-globalisation coalition involving socialist groups such as the Socialist Party, aiming to offer an alternative to the "anti-foreigner" and pro-business policies of the UK Independence Party. Socialism_sentence_432

In the following May 2010 United Kingdom general election, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, launched in January 2010 and backed by Bob Crow, the leader of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT), other union leaders and the Socialist Party among other socialist groups, stood against Labour in 40 constituencies. Socialism_sentence_433

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition contested the 2011 local elections, having gained the endorsement of the RMT June 2010 conference, but gained no seats. Socialism_sentence_434

Left Unity was also founded in 2013 after the film director Ken Loach appealed for a new party of the left to replace the Labour Party, which he claimed had failed to oppose austerity and had shifted towards neoliberalism. Socialism_sentence_435

In 2015, following a defeat at the 2015 United Kingdom general election, self-described socialist Jeremy Corbyn took over from Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour Party. Socialism_sentence_436

In France, Olivier Besancenot, the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) candidate in the 2007 presidential election, received 1,498,581 votes, 4.08%, double that of the communist candidate. Socialism_sentence_437

The LCR abolished itself in 2009 to initiate a broad anti-capitalist party, the New Anticapitalist Party, whose stated aim is to "build a new socialist, democratic perspective for the twenty-first century". Socialism_sentence_438

On 25 May 2014, the Spanish left-wing party Podemos entered candidates for the 2014 European parliamentary elections, some of which were unemployed. Socialism_sentence_439

In a surprise result, it polled 7.98% of the vote and thus was awarded five seats out of 54 while the older United Left was the third largest overall force obtaining 10.03% and 5 seats, 4 more than the previous elections. Socialism_sentence_440

The government of Portugal established on 26 November 2015 was a Socialist Party (PS) minority government led by prime minister António Costa, who succeeded in securing support for a Socialist minority government by the Left Bloc (B.E. Socialism_sentence_441

), the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Ecologist Party "The Greens" (PEV). Socialism_sentence_442

All around Europe and in some places of Latin America there exists a social centre and squatting movement mainly inspired by autonomist and anarchist ideas. Socialism_sentence_443

North America Socialism_section_24

Main articles: History of the socialist movement in the United States and Socialism in Canada Socialism_sentence_444

According to a 2013 article in The Guardian, "[c]ontrary to popular belief, Americans don't have an innate allergy to socialism. Socialism_sentence_445

Milwaukee has had several socialist mayors (Frank Zeidler, Emil Seidel and Daniel Hoan), and there is currently an independent socialist in the US Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont". Socialism_sentence_446

Sanders, once mayor of Vermont's largest city, Burlington, has described himself as a democratic socialist and has praised Scandinavian-style social democracy. Socialism_sentence_447

In 2016, Sanders made a bid for the Democratic Party presidential candidate, thereby gaining considerable popular support, particularly among the younger generation, but lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton. Socialism_sentence_448

As of 2019, the Democratic Socialists of America have two members in Congress, and various members in state legislatures and city councils. Socialism_sentence_449

According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 37% of American adults have a positive view of socialism, including 57% of Democrat-leaning voters and 16% of Republican-leaning voters. Socialism_sentence_450

A 2019 YouGov poll found that 7 out of 10 millennials would vote for a socialist presidential candidate, and 36% had a favorable view of communism. Socialism_sentence_451

An earlier 2019 Harris Poll found that socialism is more popular with women than men, with 55% of women between the ages of 18 and 54 preferring to live in a socialist society while a majority of men surveyed in the poll chose capitalism over socialism. Socialism_sentence_452

Anti-capitalism, anarchism and the anti-globalisation movement rose to prominence through events such as protests against the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 in Seattle. Socialism_sentence_453

Socialist-inspired groups played an important role in these movements, which nevertheless embraced much broader layers of the population and were championed by figures such as Noam Chomsky. Socialism_sentence_454

In Canada, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the precursor to the social democratic New Democratic Party (NDP), had significant success in provincial politics. Socialism_sentence_455

In 1944, the Saskatchewan CCF formed the first socialist government in North America. Socialism_sentence_456

At the federal level, the NDP was the Official Opposition, from 2011 through 2015. Socialism_sentence_457

In their Johnson linguistics column, The Economist opines that in the 21st century United States, the term socialism, without clear definition, has become a pejorative used by conservatives to attack liberal and progressive policies, proposals, and public figures. Socialism_sentence_458

Latin America and the Caribbean Socialism_section_25

Main articles: Pink tide and Socialism of the 21st century Socialism_sentence_459

For the Encyclopedia Britannica, "the attempt by Salvador Allende to unite Marxists and other reformers in a socialist reconstruction of Chile is most representative of the direction that Latin American socialists have taken since the late 20th century. Socialism_sentence_460

[...] Several socialist (or socialist-leaning) leaders have followed Allende's example in winning election to office in Latin American countries". Socialism_sentence_461

The success of the Workers' Party (Portuguese: Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) of Brazil, formed in 1980 and governing Brazil from 2003 to 2016, was the first major breakthrough for this trend. Socialism_sentence_462

Foro de São Paulo is a conference of leftist political parties and other organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean. Socialism_sentence_463

It was launched by the Workers' Party in 1990 in the city of São Paulo, after the PT approached other parties and social movements of Latin America and the Caribbean with the objective of debating the new international scenario after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the consequences of the implementation of what were taken as neoliberal policies adopted at the time by contemporary right-leaning governments in the region, the stated main objective of the conference being to argue for alternatives to neoliberalism. Socialism_sentence_464

Among its members have been socialist and social-democratic parties in government in the region such as Bolivia's Movement for Socialism, the Communist Party of Cuba, Ecuador's PAIS Alliance, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the Socialist Party of Chile, Uruguay's Broad Front, Nicaragua's Sandinista National Liberation Front, El Salvador's Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front and members of Argentina's Frente de Todos. Socialism_sentence_465

In the first decade of the 21st century, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa referred to their political programmes as socialist, and Chávez adopted the term "socialism of the 21st century". Socialism_sentence_466

After winning re-election in December 2006, Chávez said: "Now more than ever, I am obliged to move Venezuela's path towards socialism". Socialism_sentence_467

Chávez was also reelected in October 2012 for his third six-year term as president, but he died in March 2013 from cancer. Socialism_sentence_468

After Chávez's death on 5 March 2013, Vice President from Chavez's party Nicolás Maduro assumed the powers and responsibilities of the President. Socialism_sentence_469

A special election was held on 14 April of the same year to elect a new president, which Maduro won by a tight margin as the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and he was formally inaugurated on 19 April. Socialism_sentence_470

Pink tide is a term used in political analysis, in the media and elsewhere to describe the perception that leftist ideology in general and left-wing politics in particular were increasingly influential in Latin America in the 2000s. Socialism_sentence_471

Some of the pink tide governments were criticised for turning from socialism to populism and authoritarianism. Socialism_sentence_472

The pink tide was followed in the 2010s by a "conservative wave" as right-wing governments came to power in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, and Venezuela and Nicaragua experienced political crises. Socialism_sentence_473

However, socialism saw a resurgence in 2018–19 after successive electoral victories of left-wing and centre-left candidates in Mexico, Panama, and Argentina. Socialism_sentence_474

Oceania Socialism_section_26

Main articles: Melanesian socialism, Socialism in Australia, and Socialism in New Zealand Socialism_sentence_475

Australia saw an increase in interest of socialism in the early 21st century, especially amongst youth. Socialism_sentence_476

It is strongest in Victoria, where three socialist parties have merged into the Victorian Socialists, who aim to address problems in housing and public transportation. Socialism_sentence_477

In New Zealand, socialism emerged within the budding trade union movement during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Socialism_sentence_478

In July 1916, several left-wing political organisations and trade unions merged to form the New Zealand Labour Party. Socialism_sentence_479

While Labour traditionally had a socialist orientation, the party shifted towards a more social democratic orientation during the 1920s and 1930s. Socialism_sentence_480

Following the 1935 general election, the First Labour Government pursued socialist policies such as nationalising industry, broadcasting, transportation, and implementing a Keynesian welfare state. Socialism_sentence_481

However, the party did not seek to abolish capitalism, instead opting for a mixed economy. Socialism_sentence_482

Labour's welfare state and mixed economy were not challenged until the 1980s. Socialism_sentence_483

During the 1980s, the Fourth Labour Government implemented a raft of neoliberal economic reforms known as Rogernomics which saw New Zealand society and the economy shift towards a more free market model. Socialism_sentence_484

Labour's abandonment of its traditional values fractured the party. Socialism_sentence_485

Successive Labour governments have since pursued centre-left social and economic policies while maintaining a free-market economy. Socialism_sentence_486

The current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern formerly served as President of the International Union of Socialist Youth. Socialism_sentence_487

Ardern is a self-described social democrat who has criticized capitalism as a "blatant failure" due to high levels of homelessness and low wages. Socialism_sentence_488

New Zealand still has a small socialist scene, mainly dominated by Trotskyist groups. Socialism_sentence_489

Melanesian socialism developed in the 1980s, inspired by African socialism. Socialism_sentence_490

It aims to achieve full independence from Britain and France in Melanesian territories and creation of a Melanesian federal union. Socialism_sentence_491

It is very popular with the New Caledonia independence movement. Socialism_sentence_492

International organisations Socialism_section_27

The Progressive Alliance is a political international founded on 22 May 2013 by political parties, the majority of whom are current or former members of the Socialist International. Socialism_sentence_493

The organisation states the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement". Socialism_sentence_494

Social and political theory Socialism_section_28

Main article: Types of socialism Socialism_sentence_495

Early socialist thought took influences from a diverse range of philosophies such as civic republicanism, Enlightenment rationalism, romanticism, forms of materialism, Christianity (both Catholic and Protestant), natural law and natural rights theory, utilitarianism and liberal political economy. Socialism_sentence_496

Another philosophical basis for a lot of early socialism was the emergence of positivism during the European Enlightenment. Socialism_sentence_497

Positivism held that both the natural and social worlds could be understood through scientific knowledge and be analysed using scientific methods. Socialism_sentence_498

This core outlook influenced early social scientists and different types of socialists ranging from anarchists like Peter Kropotkin to technocrats like Saint Simon. Socialism_sentence_499

The fundamental objective of socialism is to attain an advanced level of material production and therefore greater productivity, efficiency and rationality as compared to capitalism and all previous systems, under the view that an expansion of human productive capability is the basis for the extension of freedom and equality in society. Socialism_sentence_500

Many forms of socialist theory hold that human behaviour is largely shaped by the social environment. Socialism_sentence_501

In particular, socialism holds that social mores, values, cultural traits and economic practices are social creations and not the result of an immutable natural law. Socialism_sentence_502

The object of their critique is thus not human avarice or human consciousness, but the material conditions and man-made social systems (i.e. the economic structure of society) that gives rise to observed social problems and inefficiencies. Socialism_sentence_503

Bertrand Russell, often considered to be the father of analytic philosophy, identified as a socialist. Socialism_sentence_504

Russell opposed the class struggle aspects of Marxism, viewing socialism solely as an adjustment of economic relations to accommodate modern machine production to benefit all of humanity through the progressive reduction of necessary work time. Socialism_sentence_505

Socialists view creativity as an essential aspect of human nature and define freedom as a state of being where individuals are able to express their creativity unhindered by constraints of both material scarcity and coercive social institutions. Socialism_sentence_506

The socialist concept of individuality is intertwined with the concept of individual creative expression. Socialism_sentence_507

Karl Marx believed that expansion of the productive forces and technology was the basis for the expansion of human freedom and that socialism, being a system that is consistent with modern developments in technology, would enable the flourishing of "free individualities" through the progressive reduction of necessary labour time. Socialism_sentence_508

The reduction of necessary labour time to a minimum would grant individuals the opportunity to pursue the development of their true individuality and creativity. Socialism_sentence_509

Criticism of capitalism Socialism_section_29

Main articles: Anti-capitalism and Criticism of capitalism Socialism_sentence_510

Socialists argue that the accumulation of capital generates waste through externalities that require costly corrective regulatory measures. Socialism_sentence_511

They also point out that this process generates wasteful industries and practices that exist only to generate sufficient demand for products such as high-pressure advertisement to be sold at a profit, thereby creating rather than satisfying economic demand. Socialism_sentence_512

Socialists argue that capitalism consists of irrational activity, such as the purchasing of commodities only to sell at a later time when their price appreciates, rather than for consumption, even if the commodity cannot be sold at a profit to individuals in need and therefore a crucial criticism often made by socialists is that "making money", or accumulation of capital, does not correspond to the satisfaction of demand (the production of use-values). Socialism_sentence_513

The fundamental criterion for economic activity in capitalism is the accumulation of capital for reinvestment in production, but this spurs the development of new, non-productive industries that do not produce use-value and only exist to keep the accumulation process afloat (otherwise the system goes into crisis), such as the spread of the financial industry, contributing to the formation of economic bubbles. Socialism_sentence_514

Socialists view private property relations as limiting the potential of productive forces in the economy. Socialism_sentence_515

According to socialists, private property becomes obsolete when it concentrates into centralised, socialised institutions based on private appropriation of revenue—but based on cooperative work and internal planning in allocation of inputs—until the role of the capitalist becomes redundant. Socialism_sentence_516

With no need for capital accumulation and a class of owners, private property in the means of production is perceived as being an outdated form of economic organisation that should be replaced by a free association of individuals based on public or common ownership of these socialised assets. Socialism_sentence_517

Private ownership imposes constraints on planning, leading to uncoordinated economic decisions that result in business fluctuations, unemployment and a tremendous waste of material resources during crisis of overproduction. Socialism_sentence_518

Excessive disparities in income distribution lead to social instability and require costly corrective measures in the form of redistributive taxation, which incurs heavy administrative costs while weakening the incentive to work, inviting dishonesty and increasing the likelihood of tax evasion while (the corrective measures) reduce the overall efficiency of the market economy. Socialism_sentence_519

These corrective policies limit the incentive system of the market by providing things such as minimum wages, unemployment insurance, taxing profits and reducing the reserve army of labour, resulting in reduced incentives for capitalists to invest in more production. Socialism_sentence_520

In essence, social welfare policies cripple capitalism and its incentive system and are thus unsustainable in the long-run. Socialism_sentence_521

Marxists argue that the establishment of a socialist mode of production is the only way to overcome these deficiencies. Socialism_sentence_522

Socialists and specifically Marxian socialists argue that the inherent conflict of interests between the working class and capital prevent optimal use of available human resources and leads to contradictory interest groups (labour and business) striving to influence the state to intervene in the economy in their favour at the expense of overall economic efficiency. Socialism_sentence_523

Early socialists (utopian socialists and Ricardian socialists) criticised capitalism for concentrating power and wealth within a small segment of society. Socialism_sentence_524

In addition, they complained that capitalism does not use available technology and resources to their maximum potential in the interests of the public. Socialism_sentence_525

Marxism Socialism_section_30

Main article: Marxism Socialism_sentence_526

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels argued that socialism would emerge from historical necessity as capitalism rendered itself obsolete and unsustainable from increasing internal contradictions emerging from the development of the productive forces and technology. Socialism_sentence_527

It was these advances in the productive forces combined with the old social relations of production of capitalism that would generate contradictions, leading to working-class consciousness. Socialism_sentence_528

Marx and Engels held the view that the consciousness of those who earn a wage or salary (the working class in the broadest Marxist sense) would be moulded by their conditions of wage slavery, leading to a tendency to seek their freedom or emancipation by overthrowing ownership of the means of production by capitalists and consequently, overthrowing the state that upheld this economic order. Socialism_sentence_529

For Marx and Engels, conditions determine consciousness and ending the role of the capitalist class leads eventually to a classless society in which the state would wither away. Socialism_sentence_530

The Marxist conception of socialism is that of a specific historical phase that would displace capitalism and precede communism. Socialism_sentence_531

The major characteristics of socialism (particularly as conceived by Marx and Engels after the Paris Commune of 1871) are that the proletariat would control the means of production through a workers' state erected by the workers in their interests. Socialism_sentence_532

Economic activity would still be organised through the use of incentive systems and social classes would still exist, but to a lesser and diminishing extent than under capitalism. Socialism_sentence_533

For orthodox Marxists, socialism is the lower stage of communism based on the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution" while upper stage communism is based on the principle of "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need", the upper stage becoming possible only after the socialist stage further develops economic efficiency and the automation of production has led to a superabundance of goods and services. Socialism_sentence_534

Marx argued that the material productive forces (in industry and commerce) brought into existence by capitalism predicated a cooperative society since production had become a mass social, collective activity of the working class to create commodities but with private ownership (the relations of production or property relations). Socialism_sentence_535

This conflict between collective effort in large factories and private ownership would bring about a conscious desire in the working class to establish collective ownership commensurate with the collective efforts their daily experience. Socialism_sentence_536

Role of the state Socialism_section_31

See also: Anti-statism, Marx's theory of the state, and State socialism Socialism_sentence_537

Socialists have taken different perspectives on the state and the role it should play in revolutionary struggles, in constructing socialism and within an established socialist economy. Socialism_sentence_538

In the 19th century, the philosophy of state socialism was first explicitly expounded by the German political philosopher Ferdinand Lassalle. Socialism_sentence_539

In contrast to Karl Marx's perspective of the state, Lassalle rejected the concept of the state as a class-based power structure whose main function was to preserve existing class structures. Socialism_sentence_540

Lassalle also rejected the Marxist view that the state was destined to "wither away". Socialism_sentence_541

Lassalle considered the state to be an entity independent of class allegiances and an instrument of justice that would therefore be essential for achieving socialism. Socialism_sentence_542

Preceding the Bolshevik-led revolution in Russia, many socialists including reformists, orthodox Marxist currents such as council communism, anarchists and libertarian socialists criticised the idea of using the state to conduct central planning and own the means of production as a way to establish socialism. Socialism_sentence_543

Following the victory of Leninism in Russia, the idea of "state socialism" spread rapidly throughout the socialist movement and eventually state socialism came to be identified with the Soviet economic model. Socialism_sentence_544

Joseph Schumpeter rejected the association of socialism and social ownership with state ownership over the means of production because the state as it exists in its current form is a product of capitalist society and cannot be transplanted to a different institutional framework. Socialism_sentence_545

Schumpeter argued that there would be different institutions within socialism than those that exist within modern capitalism, just as feudalism had its own distinct and unique institutional forms. Socialism_sentence_546

The state, along with concepts like property and taxation, were concepts exclusive to commercial society (capitalism) and attempting to place them within the context of a future socialist society would amount to a distortion of these concepts by using them out of context. Socialism_sentence_547

Utopian versus scientific Socialism_section_32

Main articles: Scientific socialism and Utopian socialism Socialism_sentence_548

Utopian socialism is a term used to define the first currents of modern socialist thought as exemplified by the work of Henri de Saint-Simon, Charles Fourier and Robert Owen which inspired Karl Marx and other early socialists. Socialism_sentence_549

However, visions of imaginary ideal societies, which competed with revolutionary social democratic movements, were viewed as not being grounded in the material conditions of society and as reactionary. Socialism_sentence_550

Although it is technically possible for any set of ideas or any person living at any time in history to be a utopian socialist, the term is most often applied to those socialists who lived in the first quarter of the 19th century who were ascribed the label "utopian" by later socialists as a negative term in order to imply naivete and dismiss their ideas as fanciful or unrealistic. Socialism_sentence_551

Religious sects whose members live communally such as the Hutterites are not usually called "utopian socialists", although their way of living is a prime example. Socialism_sentence_552

They have been categorised as religious socialists by some. Socialism_sentence_553

Similarly, modern intentional communities based on socialist ideas could also be categorised as "utopian socialist". Socialism_sentence_554

For Marxists, the development of capitalism in Western Europe provided a material basis for the possibility of bringing about socialism because according to The Communist Manifesto "[w]hat the bourgeoisie produces above all is its own grave diggers", namely the working class, which must become conscious of the historical objectives set it by society. Socialism_sentence_555

Reform versus revolution Socialism_section_33

Main articles: Reformism and Revolutionary socialism Socialism_sentence_556

Revolutionary socialists believe that a social revolution is necessary to effect structural changes to the socioeconomic structure of society. Socialism_sentence_557

Among revolutionary socialists there are differences in strategy, theory and the definition of revolution. Socialism_sentence_558

Orthodox Marxists and left communists take an impossibilist stance, believing that revolution should be spontaneous as a result of contradictions in society due to technological changes in the productive forces. Socialism_sentence_559

Lenin theorised that under capitalism the workers cannot achieve class consciousness beyond organising into trade unions and making demands of the capitalists. Socialism_sentence_560

Therefore, Leninists advocate that it is historically necessary for a vanguard of class conscious revolutionaries to take a central role in coordinating the social revolution to overthrow the capitalist state and eventually the institution of the state altogether. Socialism_sentence_561

Revolution is not necessarily defined by revolutionary socialists as violent insurrection, but as a complete dismantling and rapid transformation of all areas of class society led by the majority of the masses: the working class. Socialism_sentence_562

Reformism is generally associated with social democracy and gradualist democratic socialism. Socialism_sentence_563

Reformism is the belief that socialists should stand in parliamentary elections within capitalist society and if elected use the machinery of government to pass political and social reforms for the purposes of ameliorating the instabilities and inequities of capitalism. Socialism_sentence_564

Within socialism, reformism is used in two different ways. Socialism_sentence_565

One has no intention of bringing about socialism or fundamental economic change to society and is used to oppose such structural changes. Socialism_sentence_566

The other is based on the assumption that while reforms are not socialist in themselves, they can help rally supporters to the cause of revolution by popularizing the cause of socialism to the working class. Socialism_sentence_567

The debate on the ability for social democratic reformism to lead to a socialist transformation of society is over a century old. Socialism_sentence_568

Reformism is criticized for being paradoxical as it seeks to overcome the existing economic system of capitalism while trying to improve the conditions of capitalism, thereby making it appear more tolerable to society. Socialism_sentence_569

According to Rosa Luxemburg, capitalism is not overthrown, "but is on the contrary strengthened by the development of social reforms". Socialism_sentence_570

In a similar vein, Stan Parker of the Socialist Party of Great Britain argues that reforms are a diversion of energy for socialists and are limited because they must adhere to the logic of capitalism. Socialism_sentence_571

French social theorist Andre Gorz criticized reformism by advocating a third alternative to reformism and social revolution that he called "non-reformist reforms", specifically focused on structural changes to capitalism as opposed to reforms to improve living conditions within capitalism or to prop it up through economic interventions. Socialism_sentence_572

Economics Socialism_section_34

Main article: Socialist economics Socialism_sentence_573

See also: Production for use Socialism_sentence_574

Socialist economics starts from the premise that "individuals do not live or work in isolation but live in cooperation with one another. Socialism_sentence_575

Furthermore, everything that people produce is in some sense a social product, and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it. Socialism_sentence_576

Society as whole, therefore, should own or at least control property for the benefit of all its members". Socialism_sentence_577

The original conception of socialism was an economic system whereby production was organised in a way to directly produce goods and services for their utility (or use-value in classical and Marxian economics), with the direct allocation of resources in terms of physical units as opposed to financial calculation and the economic laws of capitalism (see law of value), often entailing the end of capitalistic economic categories such as rent, interest, profit and money. Socialism_sentence_578

In a fully developed socialist economy, production and balancing factor inputs with outputs becomes a technical process to be undertaken by engineers. Socialism_sentence_579

Market socialism refers to an array of different economic theories and systems that use the market mechanism to organise production and to allocate factor inputs among socially owned enterprises, with the economic surplus (profits) accruing to society in a social dividend as opposed to private capital owners. Socialism_sentence_580

Variations of market socialism include libertarian proposals such as mutualism, based on classical economics, and neoclassical economic models such as the Lange Model. Socialism_sentence_581

However, some economists such as Joseph Stiglitz, Mancur Olson and others not specifically advancing anti-socialists positions have shown that prevailing economic models upon which such democratic or market socialism models might be based have logical flaws or unworkable presuppositions. Socialism_sentence_582

The ownership of the means of production can be based on direct ownership by the users of the productive property through worker cooperative; or commonly owned by all of society with management and control delegated to those who operate/use the means of production; or public ownership by a state apparatus. Socialism_sentence_583

Public ownership may refer to the creation of state-owned enterprises, nationalisation, municipalisation or autonomous collective institutions. Socialism_sentence_584

Some socialists feel that in a socialist economy, at least the "commanding heights" of the economy must be publicly owned. Socialism_sentence_585

However, economic liberals and right libertarians view private ownership of the means of production and the market exchange as natural entities or moral rights which are central to their conceptions of freedom and liberty and view the economic dynamics of capitalism as immutable and absolute, therefore they perceive public ownership of the means of production, cooperatives and economic planning as infringements upon liberty. Socialism_sentence_586

Management and control over the activities of enterprises are based on self-management and self-governance, with equal power-relations in the workplace to maximise occupational autonomy. Socialism_sentence_587

A socialist form of organisation would eliminate controlling hierarchies so that only a hierarchy based on technical knowledge in the workplace remains. Socialism_sentence_588

Every member would have decision-making power in the firm and would be able to participate in establishing its overall policy objectives. Socialism_sentence_589

The policies/goals would be carried out by the technical specialists that form the coordinating hierarchy of the firm, who would establish plans or directives for the work community to accomplish these goals. Socialism_sentence_590

The role and use of money in a hypothetical socialist economy is a contested issue. Socialism_sentence_591

According to the Austrian school economist Ludwig von Mises, an economic system that does not use money, financial calculation and market pricing would be unable to effectively value capital goods and coordinate production and therefore these types of socialism are impossible because they lack the necessary information to perform economic calculation in the first place. Socialism_sentence_592

Socialists including Karl Marx, Robert Owen, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon and John Stuart Mill advocated various forms of labour vouchers or labour credits, which like money would be used to acquire articles of consumption, but unlike money they are unable to become capital and would not be used to allocate resources within the production process. Socialism_sentence_593

Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky argued that money could not be arbitrarily abolished following a socialist revolution. Socialism_sentence_594

Money had to exhaust its "historic mission", meaning it would have to be used until its function became redundant, eventually being transformed into bookkeeping receipts for statisticians and only in the more distant future would money not be required for even that role. Socialism_sentence_595

Planned economy Socialism_section_35

Main article: Planned economy Socialism_sentence_596

A planned economy is a type of economy consisting of a mixture of public ownership of the means of production and the coordination of production and distribution through economic planning. Socialism_sentence_597

A planned economy can be either decentralised or centralised. Socialism_sentence_598

Enrico Barone provided a comprehensive theoretical framework for a planned socialist economy. Socialism_sentence_599

In his model, assuming perfect computation techniques, simultaneous equations relating inputs and outputs to ratios of equivalence would provide appropriate valuations in order to balance supply and demand. Socialism_sentence_600

The most prominent example of a planned economy was the economic system of the Soviet Union and as such the centralised-planned economic model is usually associated with the communist states of the 20th century, where it was combined with a single-party political system. Socialism_sentence_601

In a centrally planned economy, decisions regarding the quantity of goods and services to be produced are planned in advance by a planning agency (see also the analysis of Soviet-type economic planning). Socialism_sentence_602

The economic systems of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc are further classified as "command economies", which are defined as systems where economic coordination is undertaken by commands, directives and production targets. Socialism_sentence_603

Studies by economists of various political persuasions on the actual functioning of the Soviet economy indicate that it was not actually a planned economy. Socialism_sentence_604

Instead of conscious planning, the Soviet economy was based on a process whereby the plan was modified by localised agents and the original plans went largely unfulfilled. Socialism_sentence_605

Planning agencies, ministries and enterprises all adapted and bargained with each other during the formulation of the plan as opposed to following a plan passed down from a higher authority, leading some economists to suggest that planning did not actually take place within the Soviet economy and that a better description would be an "administered" or "managed" economy. Socialism_sentence_606

Although central planning was largely supported by Marxist–Leninists, some factions within the Soviet Union before the rise of Stalinism held positions contrary to central planning. Socialism_sentence_607

Leon Trotsky rejected central planning in favour of decentralised planning. Socialism_sentence_608

He argued that central planners, regardless of their intellectual capacity, would be unable to coordinate effectively all economic activity within an economy because they operated without the input and tacit knowledge embodied by the participation of the millions of people in the economy. Socialism_sentence_609

As a result, central planners would be unable to respond to local economic conditions. Socialism_sentence_610

State socialism is unfeasible in this view because information cannot be aggregated by a central body and effectively used to formulate a plan for an entire economy, because doing so would result in distorted or absent price signals. Socialism_sentence_611

Self-managed economy Socialism_section_36

Main articles: Decentralised planning, Economic democracy, and Workers' self-management Socialism_sentence_612

A self-managed, decentralised economy is based on autonomous self-regulating economic units and a decentralised mechanism of resource allocation and decision-making. Socialism_sentence_613

This model has found support in notable classical and neoclassical economists including Alfred Marshall, John Stuart Mill and Jaroslav Vanek. Socialism_sentence_614

There are numerous variations of self-management, including labour-managed firms and worker-managed firms. Socialism_sentence_615

The goals of self-management are to eliminate exploitation and reduce alienation. Socialism_sentence_616

Guild socialism is a political movement advocating workers' control of industry through the medium of trade-related guilds "in an implied contractual relationship with the public". Socialism_sentence_617

It originated in the United Kingdom and was at its most influential in the first quarter of the 20th century. Socialism_sentence_618

It was strongly associated with G. Socialism_sentence_619

D. H. Cole and influenced by the ideas of William Morris. Socialism_sentence_620

One such system is the cooperative economy, a largely free market economy in which workers manage the firms and democratically determine remuneration levels and labour divisions. Socialism_sentence_621

Productive resources would be legally owned by the cooperative and rented to the workers, who would enjoy usufruct rights. Socialism_sentence_622

Another form of decentralised planning is the use of cybernetics, or the use of computers to manage the allocation of economic inputs. Socialism_sentence_623

The socialist-run government of Salvador Allende in Chile experimented with Project Cybersyn, a real-time information bridge between the government, state enterprises and consumers. Socialism_sentence_624

Another, more recent variant is participatory economics, wherein the economy is planned by decentralised councils of workers and consumers. Socialism_sentence_625

Workers would be remunerated solely according to effort and sacrifice, so that those engaged in dangerous, uncomfortable and strenuous work would receive the highest incomes and could thereby work less. Socialism_sentence_626

A contemporary model for a self-managed, non-market socialism is Pat Devine's model of negotiated coordination. Socialism_sentence_627

Negotiated coordination is based upon social ownership by those affected by the use of the assets involved, with decisions made by those at the most localised level of production. Socialism_sentence_628

Michel Bauwens identifies the emergence of the open software movement and peer-to-peer production as a new alternative mode of production to the capitalist economy and centrally planned economy that is based on collaborative self-management, common ownership of resources and the production of use-values through the free cooperation of producers who have access to distributed capital. Socialism_sentence_629

Anarcho-communism is a theory of anarchism which advocates the abolition of the state, private property and capitalism in favour of common ownership of the means of production. Socialism_sentence_630

Anarcho-syndicalism was practised in Catalonia and other places in the Spanish Revolution during the Spanish Civil War. Socialism_sentence_631

Sam Dolgoff estimated that about eight million people participated directly or at least indirectly in the Spanish Revolution. Socialism_sentence_632

The economy of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia established a system based on market-based allocation, social ownership of the means of production and self-management within firms. Socialism_sentence_633

This system substituted Yugoslavia's Soviet-type central planning with a decentralised, self-managed system after reforms in 1953. Socialism_sentence_634

The Marxian economist Richard D. Wolff argues that "re-organising production so that workers become collectively self-directed at their work-sites" not only moves society beyond both capitalism and state socialism of the last century, but would also mark another milestone in human history, similar to earlier transitions out of slavery and feudalism. Socialism_sentence_635

As an example, Wolff claims that Mondragon is "a stunningly successful alternative to the capitalist organisation of production". Socialism_sentence_636

State-directed economy Socialism_section_37

Main article: State socialism Socialism_sentence_637

See also: Dirigisme, Nationalization, Public ownership, State capitalism, and Steady-state economy Socialism_sentence_638

State socialism can be used to classify any variety of socialist philosophies that advocates the ownership of the means of production by the state apparatus, either as a transitional stage between capitalism and socialism, or as an end-goal in itself. Socialism_sentence_639

Typically, it refers to a form of technocratic management, whereby technical specialists administer or manage economic enterprises on behalf of society and the public interest instead of workers' councils or workplace democracy. Socialism_sentence_640

A state-directed economy may refer to a type of mixed economy consisting of public ownership over large industries, as promoted by various Social democratic political parties during the 20th century. Socialism_sentence_641

This ideology influenced the policies of the British Labour Party during Clement Attlee's administration. Socialism_sentence_642

In the biography of the 1945 United Kingdom Labour Party Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Francis Beckett states: "[T]he government [...] wanted what would become known as a mixed economy". Socialism_sentence_643

Nationalisation in the United Kingdom was achieved through compulsory purchase of the industry (i.e. with compensation). Socialism_sentence_644

British Aerospace was a combination of major aircraft companies British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley and others. Socialism_sentence_645

British Shipbuilders was a combination of the major shipbuilding companies including Cammell Laird, Govan Shipbuilders, Swan Hunter and Yarrow Shipbuilders, whereas the nationalisation of the coal mines in 1947 created a coal board charged with running the coal industry commercially so as to be able to meet the interest payable on the bonds which the former mine owners' shares had been converted into. Socialism_sentence_646

Market socialism Socialism_section_38

Main article: Market socialism Socialism_sentence_647

Market socialism consists of publicly owned or cooperatively owned enterprises operating in a market economy. Socialism_sentence_648

It is a system that uses the market and monetary prices for the allocation and accounting of the means of production, thereby retaining the process of capital accumulation. Socialism_sentence_649

The profit generated would be used to directly remunerate employees, collectively sustain the enterprise or finance public institutions. Socialism_sentence_650

In state-oriented forms of market socialism, in which state enterprises attempt to maximise profit, the profits can be used to fund government programs and services through a social dividend, eliminating or greatly diminishing the need for various forms of taxation that exist in capitalist systems. Socialism_sentence_651

Neoclassical economist Léon Walras believed that a socialist economy based on state ownership of land and natural resources would provide a means of public finance to make income taxes unnecessary. Socialism_sentence_652

Yugoslavia implemented a market socialist economy based on cooperatives and worker self-management. Socialism_sentence_653

Mutualism is an economic theory and anarchist school of thought that advocates a society where each person might possess a means of production, either individually or collectively, with trade representing equivalent amounts of labour in the free market. Socialism_sentence_654

Integral to the scheme was the establishment of a mutual-credit bank that would lend to producers at a minimal interest rate, just high enough to cover administration. Socialism_sentence_655

Mutualism is based on a labour theory of value that holds that when labour or its product is sold, in exchange it ought to receive goods or services embodying "the amount of labour necessary to produce an article of exactly similar and equal utility". Socialism_sentence_656

The current economic system in China is formally referred to as a socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics. Socialism_sentence_657

It combines a large state sector that comprises the commanding heights of the economy, which are guaranteed their public ownership status by law, with a private sector mainly engaged in commodity production and light industry responsible from anywhere between 33% to over 70% of GDP generated in 2005. Socialism_sentence_658

Although there has been a rapid expansion of private-sector activity since the 1980s, privatisation of state assets was virtually halted and were partially reversed in 2005. Socialism_sentence_659

The current Chinese economy consists of 150 corporatised state-owned enterprises that report directly to China's central government. Socialism_sentence_660

By 2008, these state-owned corporations had become increasingly dynamic and generated large increases in revenue for the state, resulting in a state-sector led recovery during the 2009 financial crises while accounting for most of China's economic growth. Socialism_sentence_661

However, the Chinese economic model is widely cited as a contemporary form of state capitalism, the major difference between Western capitalism and the Chinese model being the degree of state-ownership of shares in publicly listed corporations. Socialism_sentence_662

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam has adopted a similar model after the Doi Moi economic renovation, but slightly differs from the Chinese model in that the Vietnamese government retains firm control over the state sector and strategic industries, but allows for private-sector activity in commodity production. Socialism_sentence_663

Politics Socialism_section_39

See also: Labour movement, The labor problem, and Trade union Socialism_sentence_664

While major socialist political movements include anarchism, communism, the labour movement, Marxism, social democracy and syndicalism, independent socialist theorists, utopian socialist authors and academic supporters of socialism may not be represented in these movements. Socialism_sentence_665

Some political groups have called themselves socialist while holding views that some consider antithetical to socialism. Socialism_sentence_666

The term socialist has also been used by some politicians on the political right as an epithet against certain individuals who do not consider themselves to be socialists and against policies that are not considered socialist by their proponents. Socialism_sentence_667

There are many variations of socialism and as such there is no single definition encapsulating all of socialism. Socialism_sentence_668

However, there have been common elements identified by scholars. Socialism_sentence_669

In his Dictionary of Socialism (1924), Angelo S. Rappoport analysed forty definitions of socialism to conclude that common elements of socialism include general criticism of the social effects of private ownership and control of capital—as being the cause of poverty, low wages, unemployment, economic and social inequality and a lack of economic security; a general view that the solution to these problems is a form of collective control over the means of production, distribution and exchange (the degree and means of control vary amongst socialist movements); an agreement that the outcome of this collective control should be a society based upon social justice, including social equality, economic protection of people and should provide a more satisfying life for most people. Socialism_sentence_670

In The Concepts of Socialism (1975), Bhikhu Parekh identifies four core principles of socialism and particularly socialist society, namely sociality, social responsibility, cooperation and planning. Socialism_sentence_671

In his study Ideologies and Political Theory (1996), Michael Freeden states that all socialists share five themes: the first is that socialism posits that society is more than a mere collection of individuals; second, that it considers human welfare a desirable objective; third, that it considers humans by nature to be active and productive; fourth, it holds the belief of human equality; and fifth, that history is progressive and will create positive change on the condition that humans work to achieve such change. Socialism_sentence_672

Anarchism Socialism_section_40

Main article: Anarchism Socialism_sentence_673

Anarchism advocates stateless societies often defined as self-governed voluntary institutions, but that several authors have defined as more specific institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Socialism_sentence_674

While anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary or harmful, it is not the central aspect. Socialism_sentence_675

Anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organisation in the conduct of human relations, including the state system. Socialism_sentence_676

Mutualists support market socialism, collectivist anarchists favour workers cooperatives and salaries based on the amount of time contributed to production, anarcho-communists advocate a direct transition from capitalism to libertarian communism and a gift economy and anarcho-syndicalists prefer workers' direct action and the general strike. Socialism_sentence_677

The authoritarianlibertarian struggles and disputes within the socialist movement go back to the First International and the expulsion in 1872 of the anarchists, who went on to lead the Anti-authoritarian International and then founded their own libertarian international, the Anarchist St. Imier International. Socialism_sentence_678

In 1888, the individualist anarchist Benjamin Tucker, who proclaimed himself to be an anarchistic socialist and libertarian socialist in opposition to the authoritarian state socialism and the compulsory communism, included the full text of a "Socialistic Letter" by Ernest Lesigne in his essay on "State Socialism and Anarchism". Socialism_sentence_679

According to Lesigne, there are two types of socialism: "One is dictatorial, the other libertarian". Socialism_sentence_680

Tucker's two socialisms were the authoritarian state socialism which he associated to the Marxist school and the libertarian anarchist socialism, or simply anarchism, that he advocated. Socialism_sentence_681

Tucker noted that the fact that the authoritarian "State Socialism has overshadowed other forms of Socialism gives it no right to a monopoly of the Socialistic idea". Socialism_sentence_682

According to Tucker, what those two schools of socialism had in common was the labor theory of value and the ends, by which anarchism pursued different means. Socialism_sentence_683

According to anarchists such as the authors of An Anarchist FAQ, anarchism is one of the many traditions of socialism. Socialism_sentence_684

For anarchists and other anti-authoritarian socialists, socialism "can only mean a classless and anti-authoritarian (i.e. libertarian) society in which people manage their own affairs, either as individuals or as part of a group (depending on the situation). Socialism_sentence_685

In other words, it implies self-management in all aspects of life", including at the workplace. Socialism_sentence_686

Michael Newman includes anarchism as one of many socialist traditions. Socialism_sentence_687

Peter Marshall argues that "[i]n general anarchism is closer to socialism than liberalism. Socialism_sentence_688

[...] Anarchism finds itself largely in the socialist camp, but it also has outriders in liberalism. Socialism_sentence_689

It cannot be reduced to socialism, and is best seen as a separate and distinctive doctrine". Socialism_sentence_690

Democratic socialism and social democracy Socialism_section_41

Main articles: Democratic socialism and Social democracy Socialism_sentence_691

Democratic socialism represents any socialist movement that seeks to establish an economy based on economic democracy by and for the working class. Socialism_sentence_692

Democratic socialism is difficult to define and groups of scholars have radically different definitions for the term. Socialism_sentence_693

Some definitions simply refer to all forms of socialism that follow an electoral, reformist or evolutionary path to socialism rather than a revolutionary one. Socialism_sentence_694

According to Christopher Pierson, "[i]f the contrast which 1989 highlights is not that between socialism in the East and liberal democracy in the West, the latter must be recognized to have been shaped, reformed and compromised by a century of social democratic pressure". Socialism_sentence_695

Pierson further claims that "social democratic and socialist parties within the constitutional arena in the West have almost always been involved in a politics of compromise with existing capitalist institutions (to whatever far distant prize its eyes might from time to time have been lifted)". Socialism_sentence_696

For Pierson, "if advocates of the death of socialism accept that social democrats belong within the socialist camp, as I think they must, then the contrast between socialism (in all its variants) and liberal democracy must collapse. Socialism_sentence_697

For actually existing liberal democracy is, in substantial part, a product of socialist (social democratic) forces". Socialism_sentence_698

Social democracy is a socialist tradition of political thought. Socialism_sentence_699

Many social democrats refer to themselves as socialists or democratic socialists and some such as Tony Blair employ these terms interchangeably. Socialism_sentence_700

Others found "clear differences" between the three terms and prefer to describe their own political beliefs by using the term social democracy. Socialism_sentence_701

The two main directions were to establish democratic socialism or to build first a welfare state within the capitalist system. Socialism_sentence_702

The first variant advances democratic socialism through reformist and gradualist methods. Socialism_sentence_703

In the second variant, social democracy is a policy regime involving a welfare state, collective bargaining schemes, support for publicly financed public services and a mixed economy. Socialism_sentence_704

It is often used in this manner to refer to Western and Northern Europe during the later half of the 20th century. Socialism_sentence_705

It was described by Jerry Mander as "hybrid economics", an active collaboration of capitalist and socialist visions. Socialism_sentence_706

Numerous studies and surveys indicate that people tend to live happier lives in social democratic societies rather than neoliberal ones. Socialism_sentence_707

Social democrats advocate for a peaceful, evolutionary transition of the economy to socialism through progressive social reform. Socialism_sentence_708

It asserts that the only acceptable constitutional form of government is representative democracy under the rule of law. Socialism_sentence_709

It promotes extending democratic decision-making beyond political democracy to include economic democracy to guarantee employees and other economic stakeholders sufficient rights of co-determination. Socialism_sentence_710

It supports a mixed economy that opposes inequality, poverty and oppression while rejecting both a totally unregulated market economy or a fully planned economy. Socialism_sentence_711

Common social democratic policies include universal social rights and universally accessible public services such as education, health care, workers' compensation and other services, including child care and elder care. Socialism_sentence_712

Social democracy supports the trade union labour movement and supports collective bargaining rights for workers. Socialism_sentence_713

Most social democratic parties are affiliated with the Socialist International. Socialism_sentence_714

Modern democratic socialism is a broad political movement that seeks to promote the ideals of socialism within the context of a democratic system. Socialism_sentence_715

Some democratic socialists support social democracy as a temporary measure to reform the current system while others reject reformism in favour of more revolutionary methods. Socialism_sentence_716

Modern social democracy emphasises a program of gradual legislative modification of capitalism in order to make it more equitable and humane while the theoretical end goal of building a socialist society is relegated to the indefinite future. Socialism_sentence_717

According to Sheri Berman, Marxism is loosely held to be valuable for its emphasis on changing the world for a more just, better future. Socialism_sentence_718

The two movements are widely similar both in terminology and in ideology, although there are a few key differences. Socialism_sentence_719

The major difference between social democracy and democratic socialism is the object of their politics in that contemporary social democrats support a welfare state and unemployment insurance as well as other practical, progressive reforms of capitalism and are more concerned to administrate and humanise it. Socialism_sentence_720

On the other hand, democratic socialists seek to replace capitalism with a socialist economic system, arguing that any attempt to humanise capitalism through regulations and welfare policies would distort the market and create economic contradictions. Socialism_sentence_721

Ethical and liberal socialism Socialism_section_42

Main articles: Ethical socialism and Liberal socialism Socialism_sentence_722

Ethical socialism appeals to socialism on ethical and moral grounds as opposed to economic, egoistic and consumeristic grounds. Socialism_sentence_723

It emphasizes the need for a morally conscious economy based upon the principles of altruism, cooperation and social justice while opposing possessive individualism. Socialism_sentence_724

Ethical socialism has been the official philosophy of mainstream socialist parties. Socialism_sentence_725

Liberal socialism incorporates liberal principles to socialism. Socialism_sentence_726

It has been compared to post-war social democracy for its support of a mixed economy that includes both public and private capital goods. Socialism_sentence_727

While democratic socialism and social democracy are anti-capitalist positions insofar as criticism of capitalism is linked to the private ownership of the means of production, liberal socialism identifies artificial and legalistic monopolies to be the fault of capitalism and opposes an entirely unregulated market economy. Socialism_sentence_728

It considers both liberty and social equality to be compatible and mutually dependent. Socialism_sentence_729

Principles that can be described as ethical or liberal socialist have been based upon or developed by philosophers such as John Stuart Mill, Eduard Bernstein, John Dewey, Carlo Rosselli, Norberto Bobbio and Chantal Mouffe. Socialism_sentence_730

Other important liberal socialist figures include Guido Calogero, Piero Gobetti, Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse, John Maynard Keynes and R. Socialism_sentence_731 H. Tawney. Socialism_sentence_732

Liberal socialism has been particularly prominent in British and Italian politics. Socialism_sentence_733

Leninism and precedents Socialism_section_43

Main articles: Authoritarian socialism, Blanquism, Leninism, and Marxism–Leninism Socialism_sentence_734

Blanquism is a conception of revolution named for Louis Auguste Blanqui. Socialism_sentence_735

It holds that socialist revolution should be carried out by a relatively small group of highly organised and secretive conspirators. Socialism_sentence_736

Upon seizing power, the revolutionaries introduce socialism. Socialism_sentence_737

Rosa Luxemburg and Eduard Bernstein criticised Lenin, stating that his conception of revolution was elitist and Blanquist. Socialism_sentence_738

Marxism–Leninism combines Marx's scientific socialist concepts and Lenin's anti-imperialism, democratic centralism and vanguardism. Socialism_sentence_739

Hal Draper defined socialism from above as the philosophy which employs an elite administration to run the socialist state. Socialism_sentence_740

The other side of socialism is a more democratic socialism from below. Socialism_sentence_741

The idea of socialism from above is much more frequently discussed in elite circles than socialism from below—even if that is the Marxist ideal—because it is more practical. Socialism_sentence_742

Draper viewed socialism from below as being the purer, more Marxist version of socialism. Socialism_sentence_743

According to Draper, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were devoutly opposed to any socialist institution that was "conducive to superstitious authoritarianism". Socialism_sentence_744

Draper makes the argument that this division echoes the division between "reformist or revolutionary, peaceful or violent, democratic or authoritarian, etc." and further identifies six major varieties of socialism from above, among them "Philanthropism", "Elitism", "Pannism", "Communism", "Permeationism" and "Socialism-from-Outside". Socialism_sentence_745

According to Arthur Lipow, Marx and Engels were "the founders of modern revolutionary democratic socialism", described as a form of "socialism from below" that is "based on a mass working-class movement, fighting from below for the extension of democracy and human freedom". Socialism_sentence_746

This type of socialism is contrasted to that of the "authoritarian, antidemocratic creed" and "the various totalitarian collectivist ideologies which claim the title of socialism" as well as "the many varieties of 'socialism from above' which have led in the twentieth century to movements and state forms in which a despotic 'new class' rules over a statified economy in the name of socialism", a division that "runs through the history of the socialist movement". Socialism_sentence_747

Lipow identifies Bellamyism and Stalinism as two prominent authoritarian socialist currents within the history of the socialist movement. Socialism_sentence_748

Libertarian socialism Socialism_section_44

Main article: Libertarian socialism Socialism_sentence_749

Libertarian socialism, sometimes called left-libertarianism, social anarchism and socialist libertarianism, is an anti-authoritarian, anti-statist and libertarian tradition within socialism that rejects centralised state ownership and control including criticism of wage labour relationships (wage slavery) as well as the state itself. Socialism_sentence_750

It emphasises workers' self-management and decentralised structures of political organisation. Socialism_sentence_751

Libertarian socialism asserts that a society based on freedom and equality can be achieved through abolishing authoritarian institutions that control production. Socialism_sentence_752

Libertarian socialists generally prefer direct democracy and federal or confederal associations such as libertarian municipalism, citizens' assemblies, trade unions and workers' councils. Socialism_sentence_753

Anarcho-syndicalist Gaston Leval explained: "We therefore foresee a Society in which all activities will be coordinated, a structure that has, at the same time, sufficient flexibility to permit the greatest possible autonomy for social life, or for the life of each enterprise, and enough cohesiveness to prevent all disorder. Socialism_sentence_754

[...] In a well-organised society, all of these things must be systematically accomplished by means of parallel federations, vertically united at the highest levels, constituting one vast organism in which all economic functions will be performed in solidarity with all others and that will permanently preserve the necessary cohesion". Socialism_sentence_755

All of this is generally done within a general call for libertarian and voluntary free associations through the identification, criticism and practical dismantling of illegitimate authority in all aspects of human life. Socialism_sentence_756

As part of the larger socialist movement, it seeks to distinguish itself from Bolshevism, Leninism and Marxism–Leninism as well as social democracy. Socialism_sentence_757

Past and present political philosophies and movements commonly described as libertarian socialist include anarchism (anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism collectivist anarchism, individualist anarchism and mutualism), autonomism, Communalism, participism, libertarian Marxism (council communism and Luxemburgism), revolutionary syndicalism and utopian socialism (Fourierism). Socialism_sentence_758

Religious socialism Socialism_section_45

Main article: Religious socialism Socialism_sentence_759

Christian socialism is a broad concept involving an intertwining of Christian religion with socialism. Socialism_sentence_760

Islamic socialism is a more spiritual form of socialism. Socialism_sentence_761

Muslim socialists believe that the teachings of the Qur'an and Muhammad are compatible with principles of equality and public ownership, drawing inspiration from the early Medina welfare state he established. Socialism_sentence_762

Muslim socialists are more conservative than their Western contemporaries and find their roots in anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism and Arab nationalism. Socialism_sentence_763

Islamic socialists believe in deriving legitimacy from political mandate as opposed to religious texts. Socialism_sentence_764

Social movements Socialism_section_46

Main articles: Eco-socialism, Socialism and LGBT rights, and Socialist feminism Socialism_sentence_765

See also: Anarcha-feminism, Anarcho-naturism, Environmentalism, Green anarchism, Green politics, Progressivism, and Queer anarchism Socialism_sentence_766

Socialist feminism is a branch of feminism that argues that liberation can only be achieved by working to end both economic and cultural sources of women's oppression. Socialism_sentence_767

Marxist feminism's foundation was laid by Engels in The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State (1884). Socialism_sentence_768

August Bebel's Woman under Socialism (1879), is the "single work dealing with sexuality most widely read by rank-and-file members of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)". Socialism_sentence_769

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, both Clara Zetkin and Eleanor Marx were against the demonisation of men and supported a proletariat revolution that would overcome as many male-female inequalities as possible. Socialism_sentence_770

As their movement already had the most radical demands in women's equality, most Marxist leaders, including Clara Zetkin and Alexandra Kollontai, counterposed Marxism against liberal feminism rather than trying to combine them. Socialism_sentence_771

Anarcha-feminism began with late 19th- and early 20th-century authors and theorists such as anarchist feminists Goldman and Voltairine de Cleyre In the Spanish Civil War, an anarcha-feminist group, Mujeres Libres ("Free Women") linked to the Federación Anarquista Ibérica, organised to defend both anarchist and feminist ideas. Socialism_sentence_772

In 1972, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union published "Socialist Feminism: A Strategy for the Women's Movement", which is believed to be the first published use of the term "socialist feminism". Socialism_sentence_773

Many socialists were early advocates for LGBT rights. Socialism_sentence_774

For early socialist Charles Fourier, true freedom could only occur without suppressing passions, as the suppression of passions is not only destructive to the individual, but to society as a whole. Socialism_sentence_775

Writing before the advent of the term "homosexuality", Fourier recognised that both men and women have a wide range of sexual needs and preferences which may change throughout their lives, including same-sex sexuality and androgénité. Socialism_sentence_776

He argued that all sexual expressions should be enjoyed as long as people are not abused and that "affirming one's difference" can actually enhance social integration. Socialism_sentence_777

In Oscar Wilde's The Soul of Man Under Socialism, he advocates for an egalitarian society where wealth is shared by all, while warning of the dangers of social systems that crush individuality. Socialism_sentence_778

Edward Carpenter actively campaigned for homosexual rights. Socialism_sentence_779

His work The Intermediate Sex: A Study of Some Transitional Types of Men and Women was a 1908 book arguing for gay liberation. Socialism_sentence_780

who was an influential personality in the foundation of the Fabian Society and the Labour Party. Socialism_sentence_781

After the Russian Revolution under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky, the Soviet Union abolished previous laws against homosexuality. Socialism_sentence_782

Harry Hay was an early leader in the American LGBT rights movement as well as a member of the Communist Party USA. Socialism_sentence_783

He is known for his roles in helping to found gay organisations, including the Mattachine Society, the first sustained gay rights group in the United States which in its early days reflected a strong Marxist influence. Socialism_sentence_784

The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality reports that "[a]s Marxists the founders of the group believed that the injustice and oppression which they suffered stemmed from relationships deeply embedded in the structure of American society". Socialism_sentence_785

Emerging from events such as the May 1968 insurrection in France, the anti-Vietnam war movement in the US and the Stonewall riots of 1969, militant gay liberation organisations began to spring up around the world. Socialism_sentence_786

Many sprang from left radicalism more than established homophile groups, although the Gay Liberation Front took an anti-capitalist stance and attacked the nuclear family and traditional gender roles. Socialism_sentence_787

Eco-socialism is a political strain merging aspects of socialism, Marxism or libertarian socialism with green politics, ecology and alter-globalisation. Socialism_sentence_788

Eco-socialists generally claim that the expansion of the capitalist system is the cause of social exclusion, poverty, war and environmental degradation through globalisation and imperialism under the supervision of repressive states and transnational structures. Socialism_sentence_789

Contrary to the depiction of Karl Marx by some environmentalists, social ecologists and fellow socialists as a productivist who favoured the domination of nature, eco-socialists revisited Marx's writings and believe that he "was a main originator of the ecological world-view". Socialism_sentence_790

Marx discussed a "metabolic rift" between man and nature, stating that "private ownership of the globe by single individuals will appear quite absurd as private ownership of one man by another" and his observation that a society must "hand it [the planet] down to succeeding generations in an improved condition". Socialism_sentence_791

English socialist William Morris is credited with developing principles of what was later called eco-socialism. Socialism_sentence_792

During the 1880s and 1890s, Morris promoted his ideas within the Social Democratic Federation and Socialist League. Socialism_sentence_793

Green anarchism blends anarchism with environmental issues. Socialism_sentence_794

An important early influence was Henry David Thoreau and his book Walden as well as Élisée Reclus. Socialism_sentence_795

In the late 19th century, anarcho-naturism fused anarchism and naturist philosophies within individualist anarchist circles in France, Spain, Cuba and Portugal. Socialism_sentence_796

Murray Bookchin's first book Our Synthetic Environment was followed by his essay "Ecology and Revolutionary Thought" which introduced ecology as a concept in radical politics. Socialism_sentence_797

In the 1970s, Barry Commoner, claimed that capitalist technologies were chiefly responsible for environmental degradation as opposed to population pressures. Socialism_sentence_798

In the 1990s socialist/feminists Mary Mellor and Ariel Salleh adopt an eco-socialist paradigm. Socialism_sentence_799

An "environmentalism of the poor" combining ecological awareness and social justice has also become prominent. Socialism_sentence_800

Pepper critiqued the current approach of many within green politics, particularly deep ecologists. Socialism_sentence_801

Many green parties around the world such as the Dutch Green Left Party (GroenLinks) employ eco-socialist elements. Socialism_sentence_802

Radical red-green alliances have been formed in many countries by eco-socialists, radical greens and other radical left groups. Socialism_sentence_803

In Denmark, the Red-Green Alliance was formed as a coalition of numerous radical parties. Socialism_sentence_804

Within the European Parliament, a number of leftist parties from Northern Europe have organised themselves into the Nordic Green Left Alliance. Socialism_sentence_805

Syndicalism Socialism_section_47

Main article: Syndicalism Socialism_sentence_806

See also: Anarcho-syndicalism Socialism_sentence_807

Syndicalism operates through industrial trade unions. Socialism_sentence_808

It rejects state socialism and the use of establishment politics. Socialism_sentence_809

Syndicalists reject state power in favour of strategies such as the general strike. Socialism_sentence_810

Syndicalists advocate a socialist economy based on federated unions or syndicates of workers who own and manage the means of production. Socialism_sentence_811

Some Marxist currents advocate syndicalism, such as De Leonism. Socialism_sentence_812

Anarcho-syndicalism views syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy. Socialism_sentence_813

The Spanish Revolution was largely orchestrated by the anarcho-syndicalist trade union CNT. Socialism_sentence_814

The International Workers' Association is an international federation of anarcho-syndicalist labour unions and initiatives. Socialism_sentence_815

Criticism Socialism_section_48

Main article: Criticism of socialism Socialism_sentence_816

Socialism is criticized in terms of its models of economic organization as well as its political and social implications. Socialism_sentence_817

Other critiques are directed at the socialist movement, parties or existing states. Socialism_sentence_818

Some criticisms occupy theoretical grounds (such as in the economic calculation problem and the socialist calculation debate) while others support their criticism by examining historical attempts to establish socialist societies. Socialism_sentence_819

Because of socialism's many varieties, most critiques focused on a specific approach. Socialism_sentence_820

Proponents of one approach typically criticize others. Socialism_sentence_821

See also Socialism_section_49

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