Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Socialism Promotes Private Ownership?

So my son and I have been doing a government class for school this year.
We have been going through a unit called AP Comparative Government and Politics thru Georgia Virtual Learning

There has been a noticeable bias but that is common in these types of courses. My main goal is for my son to see the bias and to learn to critical think.  We know that a lot of young people today are for socialism as it is pushed from grade school on but I did not realize until this class exactly how it was being pushed in the upper grades. 

Here is an excerpt from the chapter on Sovereignty, Authority and Power 

To eliminate inequalities and exploitation, communists advocate the takeover of all resources by the state that in turn will insure that true economic equality exists for the community as a whole. Socialism shares the value of equality with communism but is also influenced by the liberal value of freedom.
Socialists accept and promote private ownership and free market principles, but also believe that the state has a strong role to play in regulating the economy and providing benefits to the public in order to ensure some measure of equality.

Hmm was there a typo and Capitalism was suppose to be there instead of Socialism? I do not remember that being the definition of Socialism.
Let's look at the dictionary.

Full Definition of socialism

  1. 1:  any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
  2. 2a :  a system of society or group living in which there is no private propertyb :  a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
  3. 3:  a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done  per Merriam-Webster Dictionary

That seems more like what I learned in school. I do not remember this freedom 
and promotion of private ownership. I can understand why the young people want that because that sounds great.

Full Definition of capitalism

  1. :  an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. per Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I think we will find a different course for government this year.