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#1 Grogi

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 08:35 PM

PLease please can sum1 help, I need to know precise definitions of communism, capitalism, facism, socialism, nationalism etc. It is homework, Iswear I used to know but I am now seriously confused, please help! :blush:

#2 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

Do you have a good dictionary? If so I think the best idea is to use that if you need precise definitions.

If you don't have a dictionary, then try this online one:

You might also find this online encyclopedia helpful

In both cases just type the words (in turn) in the Search box on the site.

#3 Satirical

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 12:37 PM

I remember using Merriam-Webster a couple of days ago, to check I was clear on Tories, Whigs, Liberals, Conservatives, Radicals etc.

We couldn't have been American now could we? :unsure:

#4 Grogi

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 06:23 PM

Thankyou both, the advice was great, but I am confused about one last thing, is there a great difference between extreme fascism and communism, they both end up to be a dictator style situation?
Thanks again! :D

#5 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 07:03 PM

You are not alone in being confused! I think a great many young students of these topics are ... and it iscomplicated.

However, although both systems are very authoritarian and undemocratic - believing as they both do in the one-party state, there are very real differences between these two political systems.

The most significant difference is that under communism there is no such thing as private property; the means of production are owned collectively by the State for the good of all citizens. Under fascsim however, this is not the case. Fascism is a much 'looser' sort of term than Communism is but any Fascist state will recognise the existence of private property and permit at least some privately owned businesses which are run solely with the aim of making a profit, even though the state may have nationalised key industries, transport etc.

I hope that explains things - at least at a basic level?

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 05:02 PM

Communism In its usually acknowledged form, a process of class conflict and revolutionary struggle, resulting in victory for the proletariat and the establishment of a classless, socialist society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community.

Basically everything belongs to the state & people. If you come up with an idea it belongs to everyone in the state. For example it was in the 80's when Tetris was created in Russia, the creators could not call it their property but it was the states.

Socialism is harder to define. Its changed so much over the years. From what I gather: -

Western Europe Social Democratic and Labour Parties used a non-Marxist approach to the regulation and control of capitalism, stressing the need to achieve social justice and equality through effective management of the economy.

Labour Party in the 80's is seen the be the socialist party. However even though Labour now is called the "Social Democratic Party" socialism is developed and take many forms.

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