Re: Give your partner more pleasure
On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 09:45:31 -0400, Shawn McMahon wrote:
> Your strategy works for a generation or two, at most, then it collapses.
> There's usually rather a lot of bloodshed at that point, and
> historically it's generally followed by some kind of autocracy.
In practice, many aspects of the socialist worldview and socialist policy
have been integrated with capitalism in many European countries and in
other parts of the world to form mixed economies. Social democracy
typically involves state ownership of some corporations (considered
strategically important to the people) and participation in ownership of
the means of production by workers. This can include profit sharing and
worker representation on decision-making boards of corporations. Social
services are important in social democracies. Such services include social
welfare for the disadvantaged and unemployment insurance.
And I haven't noticed any of these countries collapsing in bloodshed. Of
course extremist policies never work. A strictly communist country or
strictly capitalist country would fail. It's just a matter of which side
of the middle you chose to be on. I chose to be on the left and believe it
to be better both in the short term and the long term.