A theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In popular usage, the term is often employed to indicate any lawless, revolutionary social scheme. See Communism, Fourierism, Saint-Simonianism, forms of socialism.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. Alexis de Tocqueville
socialism in Dutch is socialisme
socialism in French is socialisme
socialism in German is Sozialismus
socialism in Hungarian is szocializmus
socialism in Portuguese is socialismo
socialism in Spanish is socialismo
socialism in Swedish is socialism
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