TITLE

'SOCIALISM' AND 'CAPITALISM'

AUTHOR(S)
White, Ralph K.
PUB. DATE
January 1966
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jan1966, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p216
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article examines international perception of capitalism in the United States. Throughout the world there has been an organized Communist campaign to discredit capitalism and the United States as the leading exponent of capitalism. In the Soviet Union, Communist China and other countries with a near-monopoly of the means of communication, the idea has been systematically inculcated. But in the parts of the world not Communist-controlled this explanation seems too simple. There is no quantitative evidence as to whether the same image of an extremely capitalistic United States exists in the minds of most of the politically conscious people elsewhere. The prevailing assumption that the United States is extremely capitalistic constitutes a black mark. In the United States, even liberals often dislike the word socialism and disclaim any association with it, emphasizing thereby their preference for free enterprise as opposed to government ownership and their unwillingness to go to the extreme which in their eyes the word socialism represents.
ACCESSION #
5811070

 

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