[Marxism] Our time is coming

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 9 13:30:12 MDT 2009

(hat tip to Lenin's Tomb)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 20% 
disagree and say socialism is better. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not 
sure which is better.

Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 
33% socialism, and 30% are undecided. Thirty-somethings are a bit more 
supportive of the free-enterprise approach with 49% for capitalism and 
26% for socialism. Adults over 40 strongly favor capitalism, and just 
13% of those older Americans believe socialism is better.

Investors by a 5-to-1 margin choose capitalism. As for those who do not 
invest, 40% say capitalism is better while 25% prefer socialism.

There is a partisan gap as well. Republicans - by an 11-to-1 margin - 
favor capitalism. Democrats are much more closely divided: Just 39% say 
capitalism is better while 30% prefer socialism. As for those not 
affiliated with either major political party, 48% say capitalism is 
best, and 21% opt for socialism.

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The question posed by Rasmussen Reports did not define either capitalism 
or socialism

It is interesting to compare the new results to an earlier survey in 
which 70% of Americans prefer a free-market economy. The fact that a 
“free-market economy” attracts substantially more support than 
“capitalism” may suggest some skepticism about whether capitalism in the 
United States today relies on free markets.

Other survey data supports that notion. Rather than seeing large 
corporations as committed to free markets, two-out-of-three Americans 
believe that big government and big business often work together in ways 
that hurt consumers and investors.

Fifteen percent (15%) of Americans say they prefer a government-managed 
economy, similar to the 20% support for socialism. Just 14% believe the 
federal government would do a better job running auto companies, and 
even fewer believe government would do a better job running financial firms.

Most Americans today hold views that can generally be defined as 
populist while only seven percent (7%) share the elitist views of the 
Political Class.

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