Socialism by any other name is still Socialism.
Years ago, in fact decades ago when I was a child, socialism meant Soviet Union and communism in general. As I grew into my twenties it grew into several different factions with many different labels.
A learned Marxist, Leninist, Communist, Fascist, Corporatist, Mercantilist, Monarchist, State Capitalist, Monopolist, National Socialist, etc could go on for hours on how their particular flavor of socialism was different and of course superior to all the others. Since we don’t have hours and I can’t speak so passionately about each to keep your attention, I’ll be brief for once and discuss the similarities.
Socialism in its most simple form is Central Planning. All the Ism’s associated with Socialism all carry the common theme that the Few Elite centrally plan the actions or behaviors of the Many Commoners they have authority over. Serfdom. Frederick von Hayek put it quite simply and I will end by paraphrasing him.
If you can Plan the use of someone else’s property, then you must have the Authority to do so. If you have the Authority to plan the use of property, then you in practice Own it.
Central Planning = Central Authority = Central Ownership and vice versa.
Central Planning is extremely common since parents exercise the planning, authority, and who owns what in the household everyday and throughout history. What is obscene to myself and other classic liberals is the practice of Central Planners managing the lives of millions of households with the pretend authority founded on safety, fairness, and morality.
Socialism, Marxism, Leninism, Communism, Corporatism, Fascism, Mercantilism, State Capitalism, Market Socialism, Monarchy, Oligarchy, Monopoly, Oligopoly, Serfdom, National Socialism (which is what we technically have in the US today), and the several not mentioned here all have the Few planning for and in effect owning the Many.
The End is FAR,
Steve A Morris