Definitions

The Skeptic's Dictionary

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In this election season, we can expect candidates to use some or many of the following terms. I decided to supply a list of definitions so that you may know what the candidates are talking about even if they do not.

Anarchy: no government.

Monarchy: government by a king/queen.

Plutocracy: government by the wealthy, usually by the wealthy for the wealthy.

Theocracy: government by a church.

Democracy: elected government responsive to its citizens.

Dictatorship: Government by one or a few.

Freedom: no coercion by government, business, unions or church.

Slavery: coercion by government, business, unions or church.

Capitalism: business system where owners of capital run businesses.

Socialism: government owns businesses.

Fascism: businesses own government. This is the system we have now on the national level and also at the state level in many states.

Communism (Marxism): socialism and dictatorship.

Mixed economy: socialism and capitalism operating side by side with one trying to dominate the other.

Some of these items are compatible and some cannot be combined. Socialism and democracy and freedom are compatible, while fascism and democracy and freedom are not.

Please see I am not a Marxist | One World, Ready or Not | Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

Socialism

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Socialism is a term used by many today to express their opposition to many different proposals. The favorite term used to be communism but you don’t hear that used as much today since the USSR dissolved. Socialism is a word used as though democracy and freedom are opposites. That is not true. Most countries still practicing socialism successfully are democracies with all the freedoms we have, but with a higher level of taxes. Who opposes higher taxes? Those who will have to pay them and those who are fooled into thinking that they will have to pay them.

Let’s do away with taxes and government. We want freedom and free market capitalism which are not the same thing. Let’s do away with Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits and disaster relief. Make our highways into toll roads. Extend the workday to 12-14 hours each, six days per week. Take children out of our failing schools and let their start earning a living in factories here in the US instead of sending those jobs to South America, Africa or Asia to employ children there. Our children can work just as well as their children. Now that is freedom.