GREAT BEND, Kan. - When I was growing up in the 70's, people used the word "Communism" if they wanted to scare people. Because Communism collapsed and the Cold War is over, a different word is being used now to scare people: Socialism.
The health care bill has been referred to as "Socialism" over and over by it's detractors. So I decided to look up the word "Socialism." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines Socialism, to wit:
- any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods;
- a system of society or group living in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.
- a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.