EDITORIAL NOTE: By this definition, Vietnam is not even a socialist country. It does not have a DEMOCRACY, it does not transform the working class into a middle class, it does not protect people. There is NO egalitarianism in Vietnam.
If one belongs to the Communist Party, one is the BOSS, s/he and her/his family rule over the common people.
What is a Socialist
Published: June 30, 2012


In a sense, socialism was an ideology of the industrialized 19th century, a democratic Marxism, and it succeeded, even in (shh!) the United States. Socialism meant the emancipation of the working class and its transformation into the middle class; it championed social justice and a progressive tax system, and in that sense has largely done its job.

“Socialism and social democracy today are about a society with more solidarity, more protection of people, more egalitarianism.”

Center-right parties have embraced or absorbed many of the ideas of socialism: trade unions, generous welfare benefits, some form of nationalized health care, even restrictions on carbon emissions. The right argues that it can manage all these programs more efficiently than the left, and some want to shrink them, but only on the fringes is there talk of actually dismantling the welfare state.

TODAY Mr. Lévy has not changed his views. “There are no more socialists — if they were honest they would change the name of the party,” he told me. Socialism “evokes the nightmare of the Soviet Union, whose leaders named themselves socialists.” Today, he maintains, European socialists are essentially like American Democrats — there has been no ideological left in France that matters since the effective demise of the Communist Party, which was “the true ‘exception française.’ ”

Alain-Gérard Slama said, “the French don’t do anything like anyone else — they’ll give themselves a Socialist president, a Socialist Assembly, a Socialist Senate, Socialist regions, while, by a clear majority, they are not Socialist.”