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This is Woozle's definition of socialism, to be refined over time.


Socialism is the idea that minimizing human suffering and maximizing human happiness, over the long term, should be the primary goals of any economic system – in other words, that society exists primarily for these goals, and economic systems should be evaluated in terms of how well those goals are served.

It is not itself an economic system, but more of an heuristic by which to evaluate economic systems.

Such evaluation does tend to lead to systems which may place upper limits on personal power, across the board, in favor of minimizing individual disempowerment and suffering. Socialism recognizes that no economic system is perfectly fair, and that sometimes it is necessary for society to explicitly compensate for injustice in order to maximize overall happiness and prosperity.


See Capitalism vs. socialism/woozle.