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What does socialistic mean?
Socialistic is an adjective used to describe things involving socialism, which is an ideology or system based on the collective, public ownership and control of the resources used to make and distribute goods or provide services. This involves ownership of such things not by private individuals but by the public (the community as a whole), often in the form of a centralized government.
The things needed to make goods or offer services—the raw materials, tools, factories, and labor—are known as the means of production. Under socialism, the means of production are owned collectively, rather than by private enterprises.
Socialistic can be used to describe things that relate to, resemble, support, advocate for, or operate under socialism, such as countries, economies, or programs. The adjective socialist is used in many of the same ways. Socialist can also be used as a noun to refer to someone who practices or supports socialism.
Socialism is both a social and an economic theory, with many varying interpretations as to what it truly entails. In general, socialism values people working together to meet individuals’ needs. It’s based on the belief that everyone who helps create goods or services should have a share in them. To achieve that, socialism calls for the government to own the raw materials used to make goods, such as wood and metals, and everything you need to make things out of them, including machinery and factories. Some versions of the ideology are based on the belief that the government should also set all purchase prices and workers’ wages to ensure that everyone’s wealth stays equal. In this version of socialism, doctors, bakers, clerks, teachers, and accountants would all be paid the same.
Many socialists think that essential services—such as healthcare, education, and even food—should be provided to the citizens by the government. The idea is that since community members worked together to produce those goods and services, everyone should have equal access to them.
Another common misconception is that there is no private property in a socialistic society. But many people who consider themselves socialists are concerned only with property that has to do with production. In a society based on socialism, you could theoretically still have iPhones, jeans, and cars. The difference would be that the government would own everything required to make them. Abolishing private property is actually a part of communism, an ideology that is often confused with socialism. In Marxist theory, socialism is sometimes considered a middle stage in the transition from capitalism to communism.
Where does socialistic come from?
The first records of the word socialistic come from the 1800s. It is formed from the word social, meaning “relating to life, welfare, and relations of humans in a community,” and the suffix -istic, which forms adjectives from words that end in -ism, which indicates a theory, doctrine, or ideology.
As a political ideology, socialism is often traced back to the Industrial Revolution. Technology innovations during this time allowed business owners to become very rich while people who worked in their factories worked long hours in dangerous conditions for little pay. Socialism emerged as an alternative to this system of capitalism.
In capitalist systems, most things are privately owned, prices and wages are determined by a free market economy, and goods and services are available only to those who can afford them. Capitalism often leads to a wealthy upper class and a poorer lower class. In contrast, an ideal socialistic system aims for no economic classes.
Today, there is no completely socialist country or government. Even countries like Sweden that are often labeled as socialist have capitalist economies based on free markets and competition. China is a communist, one-party state that still has many privately owned corporations and businesses. Even strongly capitalistic countries such as the United States still have some very popular socialistic programs, such as Social Security.
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The word socialistic is used in the context of politics, economics, and the discussion of ideologies.
Biden being right in '08: Mandate wld make it easier for GOP to say health care reform is “mandated socialistic system" http://t.co/gCcpa4ey
— Ben Smith (@benyt) June 22, 2012
"Almost every one of the countries that has gotten independence has devised some kind of socialistic system, and this is no accident. This is another reason why I say that you and I here in America — who are looking for a job, who are looking for better housing… pic.twitter.com/yF1SiuvBSv
— Hampton Institute (@HamptonThink) August 21, 2019
During a crisis period, suddenly everyone who votes against socialism wants the benefits offered by a socialistic system.
— Celise Skaar (@CeliseSkaar) March 12, 2020
How to use socialistic in a sentence
We can be very socialistic in our families and in our tribe.How to Succeed by Being Authentic (Hint: Carefully) (Ep. 438)|Stephen J. Dubner|November 5, 2020|Freakonomics
Bette would “have no choice” but to pay the extra, socialistic freight.
He called Obama "Kommandant" and a "socialistic dictator" to excite those on the right.How Michael Grimm's Threat Ruined Randy Weber's Troll|Ben Jacobs|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before the State of the Union began, Texas Republican Randy Weber bashed Obama as a "socialistic dictator" on Twitter.
Competition, marketplace, innovation…all obvious socialistic buzzwords, of course.
Yes, as is often the case, Ronald Reagan was the most socialistic of the lot.A Secret the Republicans Know But Will Never Admit|Michael Tomasky|June 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nor is it necessary here to discuss the hundred and one modifications of the socialistic plan.
In a population of angels a socialistic commonwealth would work to perfection.
Such "Socialistic" principles as these were the ones he advocated, not only by word but by his whole noble life.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
Then he will vent upon you a torrent of abuse, ending in some jumble of socialistic ideas of his own concoction.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
Nor have I, in recent years, read much Socialistic or anti-Socialistic literature of which the world is full.The Inhumanity of Socialism|Edward F. Adams