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Re: State capitalism, not socialism

Socialism at its most fundamental level is about the (democratic) ownership/control of the means of production by the people.

socialism: "a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."

I don't see the word "democracy" there and, if it were universally seen as a fundamental characteristic of socialism, why would anyone ever feel the need to call themselves a "Democratic Socialist" or "Social Democrat"?

However this is just splitting hairs. Majoritarianism is perfectly democratic and the Chinese Communist Party would have no difficulty winning an election and then using its democratic mandate to pack everyone who voted "erroneously" off to re-education camps. Pairing collectivist priorities with democracy ("the dictatorship of the proletariat") is simply "mob rule". Stalin might not have been democratically elected, but one of his contemporaries was.

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