The Political And Economic Theory Of Social Organization Essay

1172 Words May 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Imagine a society where there is paid maternity and paternity leave and a longer life expectancy. Well, this isn’t just a beautiful dream, it is the reality for countries like Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and France. For example, Swedish law gives parents a combined 16 months of leave that they can use however they want during the first 8 years of their child’s life and to receive 80% of their wages during leave. Also, Spain ranks higher than the U.S for life expectancy because of its best health care systems in the world. Switzerland, France, Norway, Sweden and Finland have government funded healthcare systems and still rank higher than the U.S ("Is democratic socialism the right path for America?"). These countries have a democratic socialist or socialist economies. Socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. When older Americans hear the word socialism, they think of the Soviet Union and communism. They remember the Cold war and confuse communism with socialism and conclude that socialism is bad. According to a 2011 Pew Research Center report, 49% of 18 to 29-year-old Americans reacted positively to the term, socialism. But Democratic socialism is not necessarily socialism. Democratic socialism is about democracy, giving ordinary people a greater voice in both politics and the workplace. It fosters…

Related Documents