I think it could
I think it couldn't
Economic freedom (heritage): 77.8 (US) ... 71.8 (Germany)
Economic freedom(fraser) : 8.0 (US) ... 7.5 (Germany)
Government spending: 42.46 (US) ... 47.00 (Germany)
And just for the comparison, governmental spending in Switzerland is 34.17% and 17% in Singapore in 2010. Also, economic freedom in Switzerland is 81.9 (heritage) and 8.1 (fraser)
Why do people think Scandinavia or any of the European countries are socialists? They are not, regulations are low, there is huge support for free trade. Private people, not the government own the means of production, charter schools are normal. It is easy to open up a business, and taxes are just marginally higher than the US. However, if you take into account the upcoming mandatory private insurance in the US, taxes are about the same. If Germany is socialist, so is America.
Economic Freedom of the World
The Heritage Foundation
Last edited by American; 09-19-11 at 06:33 AM.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
You are not the kind of people who determine socialism after it's success, and not its policies?
And then respond to my argument in a proper manner. What is socialism if it's not government regulation and government spending? Where the limit of socialism is, is open to debate. But a country that has pretty much the same government spending and the same amount of regulations as the US, is not socialist.
What I think you are doing, is to determine socialism after success instead of policy. For instance income inequality, poverty rate, governmental services offered. Socialism is not defined by success. It is defined by policy. Which is an economic system in which the means of production are either state owned or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively.