Definition of state socialism in English:

state socialism


mass noun
  • A political system in which the state has control of industries and services.

    ‘there will be difficulties in turning the country round from state socialism to capitalism’
    • ‘One of these acts is accurate criticism, accurate critical analysis of authoritarian state socialism in North Vietnam or in Cuba or in other countries that the United States is trying to subvert.’
    • ‘The virtues of state socialism were extolled, and its hundreds of thousands of victims conveniently ignored.’
    • ‘John Maynard Keynes was particularly concerned about socialist revolution, and told governments they would have to adopt some of the policies of state socialism if capitalism, and democracy, were to survive.’
    • ‘Leftist ideologies, such as anarchism on the one hand and state socialism on the other hand, see the primary causative forces as being external, usually in the form of the economy or the government.’
    • ‘Traditional cooperative organization along with many other aspects of state socialism were downplayed.’
    • ‘The leading theorists of state socialism, the so-called Kathedersozialisten, were fervent supporters of belligerent nationalism.’
    • ‘Modernization of the economy - a Herculean task, considering the dual legacy of state socialism and prolonged conflict - is also under way.’
    • ‘In order to move the country from state capitalism toward state socialism, Allende expropriated the major means of production and promoted massive redistribution to urban and rural workers.’
    • ‘Here Berger reflects upon state socialism's failure in Eastern Europe-a revolution, he reasons, which was ‘made without Utopian illusions’.’
    • ‘In 1911, he predicted that revolutionary state socialism would have to be tried before his own century vision of a free and fair society could be realized.’
    • ‘The collapse of state socialism has demonstrated the contradictions of seizing state power, and the retreat of social democracy has reinforced the limits of reformism.’
    • ‘The Universal Declaration does not aim for complete equality and it isn't compatible with a political system based on state socialism as it existed in Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘For proof, look no further than the rewriting of clause 4 of Labour's constitution, to reassure the voters that state socialism was dead.’
    • ‘A socially stratified and politically divided society, that was preoccupied with distinctions of social class and the rival ideologies of laissez-faire capitalism and state socialism soon crystallized.’
    • ‘It does not exclude possible nationalisation of some major industries, but it points in a direction which challenges both globalised capitalism and state socialism of the traditional variety.’
    • ‘The drop in production numbers is dearly visible in the case of Bulgaria and Romania which in 1985, the peak year under state socialism, respectively released 40 and 30 feature films.’
    • ‘And why is it that the inhabitants of Eastern Europe appear to be happier now in the midst of their odd chaotic proto-capitalism than they were under perfectly, benevolently planned state socialism?’
    • ‘Education in North Korea is geared toward furthering the influence of state socialism.’
    • ‘Colonialism, missionization, the war for independence, and state socialism have all transformed the lived experience as well as the ‘traditions’ of those who carve.’
    • ‘However, unlike its predecessor, state socialism, the threat posed to the free market by this kind of religiosity is not grounded in an alternative economic worldview.’