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You are mixing up social services with "Socialism" which is a completely different thing!


No, I'm not mixing those things up. Republicans are. I'm trying to explain what a hurdle this is to get over.

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The simple fact is that the UK, France, Germany, etc. are not socialist countries. They are capitalist.


The economy of Germany is a "highly developed social market economy".
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The social market economy, also called Rhine capitalism, is a socioeconomic model combining a free market capitalist economic system alongside social policies that establish both fair competition within the market and a welfare state. It is sometimes classified as a coordinated market economy.

France
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Like many nations, the French economic system is mixed, containing capitalist and socialist elements. France has a diversified private sector that includes agricultural, industrial and service activities; however, the government intervenes actively in the French economy.

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The United Kingdom is a western style democracy operating under a free market economic system. The UK has many similarities to the Social Democracies of the EU but in many ways the UK is economically more conservative.


More like the USA. But they still have the National Health Service.

What kind of economy does the US have?
Sometimes referred to as "pure capitalism" or "laissez-faire capitalism" it's really also a mixed system...
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The United States has a mixed economy. It works according to an economic system that features characteristics of both capitalism and socialism. A mixed economic system protects private property and allows a level of economic freedom in the use of capital, but also allows for governments to intervene in economic activities in order to achieve social aims and for the public good.
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Try to pry your mind from the belief in SOCIALISM as a monolithic form of government and try to realize that it's an economic system. Just as capitalism is. They actually go together very well.
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