What’s a Socialist? Is it a Bad Word?

The word Socialist is thrown around a lot, as if it were a “bad” word. I thought it was a good word to look up. Here’s what I found. Socialism is a political and economic movement advocating the doctrine that the public owns and operates production and distribution of goods. Meaning that the operations are collectively and democratically performed, or government owned. Among Socialists, there is a lot of distrust of Capitalists and their control of industry. Other titles often associated with Socialists are, Anarchist, Nihilist, Nationalist, Communist, Bolshevist and Collectivist. A Collectivist would appreciate the government having much of the control. The Nihilist would not like to see government control, believing the governments are relics of bad politics. The Anarchist would also not like to see government having all the control because of the belief that the government supports privileges and the class system. Many a life has been lost fighting over who controls the goods. It has been the cause of many large-scale wars. Sad but true. Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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