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I think Europeans cast the threshold at a different point than do North Americans, no?  I mean, "socialism" in America is understood to encompass public ownership of the means of production (even if partial) while excluding the redistributive nature of taxation, while Europeans would include both, no?  Furthermore, I don't think Americans would consider Social Security as "socialist".  Anyway, my overall impression is that Americans have this aversion to "socialism" that the Europeans don't have.

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by maracatu on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:11:35 PM EST
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I think that perhaps the defining feature of the North American / "Western" model is the attitude to individual "ownership" and private property rights.

More than any other aspect. And this appears to me to be entirely consistent with what you say.

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:35:10 PM EST
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