Talk:Economic planning

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I haven't read the entire article yet, but is it trying to say that democracies "plan" their economies the same way socialist countries do? That there's no difference? And that therefore conservatives should not criticize socialism for its central planning?

A major difference between democracy and socialism is the free market principle which allows buyers and sellers to agree on price without government interference. If I want to work for less money than Joey, and you think I can do just as good a job, the government shouldn't stop me (or you) from letting me work for you.

Not quite sure what you're getting at, but I think you're confusing socialism with communism. Democracy in socialism are not mutually exclusive, for one. For two, a socialist economy is a mixed economy, not a centrally planned economy. HDCase 12:53, 25 November 2008 (EST)
  • What difference do you feel I am overlooking. Be specific. --Ed Poor Talk 12:58, 25 November 2008 (EST)
Communism is a centrally planned economy, Capitalism is a free market economy, and Socialism is a mix between the two. And that you talk about the "difference between democracy and socialism" despite the two not being mutually exclusive. And that Socialism doesn't have straight-out wage equalization. Probably a few more. HDCase 13:01, 25 November 2008 (EST)
Sorry everyone, I didn't see the talk edits when I moved the article. Should the talk page get moved too? LiamG 12:56, 25 November 2008 (EST)

Wikipedia lists among 5 variants of socialism:

  • Public Enterprise Centrally Planned Economy in which all property is owned by the State and all key economic decisions are made centrally by the State, e.g. the former Soviet Union.

Is this a mix-up in terms, or do you know something I don't? --Ed Poor Talk 13:03, 25 November 2008 (EST)

I think it's a mix-up in terms. You've chosen the most extreme version, which can itself barely be called socialism. I've been going with the system of the country I live in, which is Canada. A parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy with a socialist economy. HDCase 13:12, 25 November 2008 (EST)


Sorry, won't do it again. However, might I suggest we move this article then? LiamG 16:39, 25 November 2008 (EST)