I can't believe that no one's touched on the fact that the United States has always had socialist aspects to it ever since its inception and especially after the New Deal.
I know that you all are focused on a completely abstract discussion of straw man ideas of socialism vs capitalism in this thread and no one will pay attention to a comment that actually speaks to reality, but anybody who is decrying socialism in this thread needs to get off of the Internet, first of all. Second, since most of you went to public schools and many of you probably attend community colleges, you need to give back all that knowledge you got from there also - paid for by taxpayers.
Also if your house has ever been on fire or you have ever been scared and called the police, you need to erase 911 from your phone as well and don't use it. And if you have borrowed any federal monies for your education, give those back, too.
Socialism has existed side by side with capitalism in the United States for years. It is ingrained into the fabric of the society.
Also, to those who say that socialism is an economic and not a political system, umm, socialism wouldn't work without the government having a monopoly on force aka political power. You can't separate the enforcement of socialism from the idea, because without enforcement on taxation, there is no socialism, which would mean anarchy in my view, or at best, organized crime cartels running the economy (I guess the government is kind of that way anyway).
Anyhow, you people on the extreme need to come on back to center, because you have used public resources and didn't even know it, socialist pig. LOL