This is a thread to quarrel over which economic system is the best. Personally, I'm a democratic socialist. I find, quite often, that people don't know what this means. Most people, I think, have no idea what the term socialism means. My own history teacher didn't know the distinction between communism and socialism; so allow me to explain. This means I believe that the means of production should be democratically in the hands of workers and that government has a legitimate role in the economy; one which doesn't limit the freedoms of people but of corporations (and protects people from corporations), and one which provides for the common good. I am also, as it turns out, a libertarian. This isn't libertarian as in Ron Paul, American, Libertarian Party libertarianism, but traditional libertarian which revolves around the freedom of individual people. Libertarian is a word which has been stripped of its original meaning. Most people think socialists want an Orwellian nightmare, but allude the fact that George Orwell, from which the term Orwellian comes, was a democratic socialist to his dying day, and wrote about totalitarian governments (Nineteen Eighty Four). He was a libertarian, and so am I. I, essentially, find free market capitalism to be a system which thrives on overconsumption and exploitation. Anyone agree? Disagree? Make your case.