Socialized Reform In America

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The American government structure is normally characterized as a democratic republic, being that the people elect government officials that in turn create legislation and generate and enforce laws, which essentially guarantees national stability and security for its citizens. The term democratic republic, as it is used in the United States, only gives us a vague description of a system that in fact is almost entirely based on capitalism and unregulated free trade. The recent collapse of the credit sector in the American economy is a direct result of decades of laissez-faire economic policies and shows us why government regulation and stern socioeconomic policies are needed to achieve the intended stability and security for all Americans. To…show more content…
In a the September 27, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal, author Katrina Heuvel notes that direct government intervention has played a central role throughout American economic history, and in effect it is important to recognize the need for socialized reform as it was recognized by both FDR and by his cousin President Theodore Roosevelt a generation before. Now that we have looked at various examples of socialism as it has been used historically in the United States, the question we must now consider is this: How do we implement socialized programs in the United States today without sacrificing the validity of our traditionally strong political and economic…show more content…
Traditional conservative thinking directly links the word socialism with communism, which in the eyes of the American public is an evil form of radical government. It isn’t hard to imagine why American conservatives think this way, for it was the father of communism, German philosopher Karl Marx and his colleague Richard Engels, which deemed socialism the precursor to achieving communistic ideology. Communism was also a concept that sustained a Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union for almost 50 years. (Marx, et al.) Marx argued that “socialism, a set of relations of production that will follow capitalism, contains some vestiges of capitalism,” and “Communism will emerge from the socialist economies.” This may be true in the eyes of a revolutionary, but in terms of the American government system, society, and more specifically the American economy, this would never come to the fold. Socialism as it is used in the United States will never aim to achieve the prescribed communistic ideology of Marx and Engels, but socialist reform can be used to improve particular sectors of the nation’s infrastructure. Regulation of investment trading and the healthcare system are two great examples of where socialized reform would benefit the American people of all classes. To expound
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