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A human being who believes that the most harmonious state of affairs would be for all to get a fair shot at financial sucess. This belief is not motivated by his own selfishness as a capitalist would have you think, but is in actuality an honorable difference of opinion. In the 1930's farmers in the mid west were plowing their corn under because it was unprofitable, and at the same time millions across America were starving. Capitalists see this as logical, while socialists find it abhorrent. In short, socialism is about production for use, not profit.
Everyone calls me a socialist because I think universal health care is more important than Ross Perot having 28 cars.
作者 Blunt Roller 2005年5月12日
1. (Noun) A person who embrace some or all of the ideas of Marx.
Common political agendas include:
Redistribution of wealth (from rich to poor), social security, free education & healthcare, strengthening of labour unions.
Socialists usually have less orthodox oppinions than communists, though a person can be both. A socialist will usually distance himself from communist dictators like Stalin, and instead claim loyalty to the original ideas of Marx and Lenin.
Unlike a communist, a socialist need not to be an atheist.

2. (Verb) Attributed to a country said to have a socialist system. This is often confused with communism, which according to Marx is a system where true equality exist, and the state have been made unneccesary. Most socialist agree that no country have had a truely communist regime.
1. "He is a socialist, not a communist."
"Why?"
"He doesn't support dictators like Stalin."

2. The socialist party favour better healthcare over tax cuts.
作者 migB 2007年9月05日
A person who believes in an equal and communally beneficial system of government. Someone who supports such ideas as:
*Public Health-care
*Regulated economic market (no monopolies- therefore more selection for the public)
*A smaller rich/poor divide.
*a generally higher tax rate in exchange for high quality public services and transport etc.

on the politcal compass- they can be found in the bottom left quadrant.

Capitalist= Right Wing
Socialist= Left Wing

commonly mis-associated with a communist
Socialist Motto:
'from each according to their means, to those according to their needs'
作者 Pookie Hayes 2006年12月20日
A person who follows the economic ideas of socialism. Socialists believe in people controlling the goods they produce. For example, a land owner in central America makes his money by simply owning land, and hires workers to work. The workers harvest the crops and do all the physical work. He pays them a dollar a day, sells the crop and makes thousands a day, just for owning the land. The socialist model would do away with the owner and have the workers control the land, that they would collectively own and the distrubution of the crops. Socialism does address the worlds current sitituation where the seven richest people in the world have more money than the world's poorest thirty countries. Socialism does believe in the equal distribution of wealth, which is its main tenet.
She thinks there should be national healthcare I think she might be a Socialist.
作者 Weatherford 2006年5月12日
Current meaning: social-democrat; democratic socialist

A person who believes in a socialist doctrine within a free society. Believes that the state has a responsibility to its people and must provide certain rights such as health and education. Believes in the equality of humanity regardless of race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. as long as these bear no harm on others. Realizes that life is not fair or simply black and white and that the poor are not always "lazy", as conservatives say to keep their ill-gotten gains. Usually empathetic people who prefer to help their kin instead of watching them rot.

Not to be confused with democrat. Anyone with an ounce of political knowledge would know they are not similar in the least.

Antonyms: republican, neoliberal, american, asshole
Rachel: I hear Obama's a socialist.
Tim: Of course he isn't you ill-educated, ignorant oaf. If you knew anything about socialism you would see he's another conservative dick. He's more conservative than the conservatives in my own country.

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Sara: I believe in equality for all.
Alexis: What are you? A socialist?
Sara: Of course I am, you silly girl.
作者 the_wiseman 2014年6月30日
Taking from the achievers and giving to lazy people. Keeping the populace under the government's thumb.
"We need to spread the wealth around" - Socialist Barak Obama
作者 james h. Richard 2008年10月22日
Person who doesn't believe in a society based on luck, where for example those born into wealth will have better living conditions than those born into poverty. May or may not agree with communistic thoughts.
"I was born with a disease so noone will give me a job, and I hardly survive. I wish I was born in a socialistic country!"
作者 Aleksander 2004年12月16日
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