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Hi, I am new to here. Sorry for not being able to go through all the previous posts (there are too many) before I give some comments of my own.

To put it simply, both capitalism and socialism suck if they go extreme. For capitalism, it has changed tremendously since the end of 19th century. The system we now see in the USA, presumbly best epitomizing capitalism, is far removed from what Marx, a preeminent sociologist in 19th century, described in his books. Capitalism is no longer what it used to be. As for socialism, it is even more obvious that the socialist campaign implemented in several countries led by the Soviet Union turned out to be debacles and alerted people to the disaters of socialism. Socialism, much touted when workers around the world felt unbearably exploited, was further effaced by the improvement of "raw capitalism" in the latter part of 20th century.

The direction we are heading for at this moment is marked by some eclectic and tolerant approach to both capitalism and socialism. Fine-tuning between more of capitalism and less of socialism, or vice versa, features the main arena of debate between governments. The illuminating example of this took place at the end of 20 century. While some european countries, typified by Germany, were heading steadily for a more socialist system and the USA remained, determinantly, a capitalist society with a freer market and less government intervention, Tony Blair made his promise a brilliant future of the United Kingdom led by the "the Third Way", a political paradigm proposed by Giddens, a professor in London School of Econimics and Political Science. He evisions a society where state, not as a supreme power over society, cooperates with the civil society to the acheivement of the betterment of the social welfare.

In the final analysis, the choice we going to make is exactly the less of the devil.
 


Posts: 0 | Posted: 12:26 AM on August 17, 2003 | IP
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I am sorry that I forgot to log in before posting my comment. Just want to say that the previous post is mine.
 


Posts: 14 | Posted: 12:30 AM on August 17, 2003 | IP
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Since I have tried several times but in vain to post on the thread "capitalism sucks", why not make it another thread where members can restart the debate on capitalism vs socialism?

(Edited by acepoly 8/17/2003 at 05:07 AM).
 


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