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

Examples of state socialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where many tales of state socialism are somber, even maudlin, Ypi is witty and acute. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, 1 Feb. 2022 Soviet-style planning and state socialism protected the family’s legacy licensed firms by keeping competition out. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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 16 Aug. 2022.

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