Based on following American politics and news for the last 15-20 or so years of my 25 year old life. After all I learned English from the age of 7, and from about the age of 15 I even followed American news and politics from the same sources as you..Dude, these don't add up. If the socialist-based European political systems are so much better then why did I not feel it necessary to learn their languages at the age of 7?I could mention that the longest line for food stamps is in America..
Don't get me wrong though, I am all for learning languages, as I've taken years of French, and Russian. I just think that you are not understanding what even Marx saw in Capitalism. Marx believed Capitalism to be horribly hostile and disgusting, but he recognized it as the most powerful form of economic system. His down fall, in ideology, was his underestimation of the capitalist system; as he didn't think it could re-innovate itself whenever times got difficult.
Most Americans believe in a political ideology line (it should actually be a circle, with left and right connected at the ends, but that is for another debate) To the "Far Left" is Communism (not as Marx had imagined it, but a mixture of Maoism, Leninism, etc.), next is Socialism, followed by Feminism (different than the Feminist movement), then Liberalism, in the middle is Centrist, then Conservatism, Fundamentalism, and finally Fascism (the Far Right).Its DEFINITELY a socialist concept.. What is "leftist" anyways?
This is how it is taught in most introductory college courses. You have to realize however that American Conservatism is much more Liberal than Classical Conservatism (as taught by Hobbes and Burke).
Hope this helps.