That's a pretty unusual and broad definition of "means of production" you're using there. Can't say as I have seen anything quite like it before.
Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
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Means of productionAs I said earlier, if you are willing to use unusual definitions, then you could say that the US is socialist (or most anything else you would like).
(abbreviated MoP; [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_language"]German[/ame]: Produktionsmittel
), are things used by human labourers to create products. They include two broad categories of objects: instruments of labour
(tools, factories, [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrastructure"]infrastructure[/ame], etc.
) and subjects of labour
(natural resources and raw materials). People operate on the subjects of labour, using the instruments of labour, to create a product; or, stated another way, labour acting on the means of production creates a product.
The term can be simply and picturesquely described in an agrarian society as the soil and the shovel; in an industrial society, the mines and the factories.
Usually though, MoP is defined a bit more narrowly.