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You can quibble over terms and dictionary definitions, but the roots of socialism - and communism for that matter - are simple enough. I made it easy by putting them in the next sentence.

Is Chavez a socialist? He has nationalised key industries and redistributed wealth for public benefit, so I'd say yes. He may, or may not be, a dictator. Being a dictator is orthogonal to the socialism/capitalism axis and doesn't deal with that particular question in any direct or useful way.

As for the sin of being economist - the only sin in being an economist is assuming that it's the only useful way to understand how the world works.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 04:17:26 PM EST
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