What is socialism? Here's how 10 brilliant thinkers define it.

There is no one answer. But there are 10.

George Orwell and Albert Einstein. (Photo illustration: Big Think/Wikimedia Commons)
  • Like many ideologies, socialism can be many things to different people.
  • These ten quotes show what it means to ten different thinkers, including Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill.
  • While they leave the question of what socialism is unsettled, they do offer us great insights.
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The problem with Ayn Rand? She isn't a philosopher

Why is it that people say Ayn Rand isn't a "real" philosopher? 

I have been asked, both online and in person, about why I haven’t listed Ayn Rand on any of the lists of philosophers you should know. This is the answer: Ayn Rand’s philosophical work is not taken seriously by academia because it isn’t very good, and I was focusing on philosophers you need to know.

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Monopoly Was Invented to Demonstrate the Evils of Capitalism

‘Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ said Mark Twain.

 

Contestants play the first game on the world's largest Monopoly board, occupying an enormous 440 square metres, at the Sydney Exhibition Centre. (Photo:TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ quipped Mark Twain. It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the bestselling board game that has taught generations of children to buy up property, stack it with hotels, and charge fellow players sky-high rents for the privilege of accidentally landing there.

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Why Socialism Is Back as a Political Force That Will Only Grow

The political and economic ideas of socialism are coming back into fashion.

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