state socialism


Definition of state socialism

: an economic system with limited socialist characteristics that is effected by gradual state action and typically includes public ownership of major industries and remedial measures to benefit the working class

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Recent Examples on the Web Soviet-style planning and state socialism protected the family’s legacy licensed firms by keeping competition out. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "India Imperils Foreign Investment With Telecom Cash Grab," 13 Nov. 2019 With the collapse of the Soviet Union, state socialism on the Eastern Bloc model had been discredited. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Why Socialism Is Back," 18 June 2019 Herbert Hoover, who could justifiably campaign as a progressive Republican, pigeonholed Smith as an advocate of state socialism (the same epithet that a spiteful Smith would hurl at Roosevelt in 1936). Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Trailblazers in Politics and Civil Rights," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet since the country cast off state socialism in the 1980s, crony capitalists have come to control the Communist Party. Alice Han And, WSJ, "China’s Awkward Debt Problem," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of state socialism

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“State socialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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