- Mar 2009
Another excellent posting, thanks Dirk. Huge jump in my learning curve. So would you then say that the Democrats are authoritarian socialists?Authoritarian socialism is so-called because it exists in conjunction with the state, not because it's dictatorial, i'd like to point out. All properly socialist political parties are authoritarian socialists. Libertarian socialists see voting as a charade and a waste of time.
As you can see from this, the American "Liberalism", is in no way socialist. In fact, it is better represented by the "third way" ideal. The "third way" is the economic system adopted by the Nazi party in Germany, with that very terminology. That is why David accuses the democrats of being neo-nazis.
myp is at least partially correct. There is much discussion over the exact requirements and limitations for a capitalist system. I have no idea which model he is using, so he may well be correct, in his own way, in that the US and UK do not have capitalism. However, personally, i perceived his point to be centred on that America or Britain do not have free market capitalism. And never literally have had it completely. Now, there have been instances where it has been close in both countries, but he is correct. However, seeing as absolute free market capitalism is a physical legal impossibility, that's hardly surprising.
I agree that The Libertarian Party in the United States can't even closely match libertarian socialism. It is something completely different, perhaps even completely opposite.