I do not think that a goal-oriented economy should be identified with socialism. The author continue: "So, likewise in peacetime, we can think of socialism as putting people before profit, with all the basics guaranteed - health care, education, decent housing, food, jobs. Those who swear by free enterprise argue that the "socialism" of World War Two was instituted only because of the exigencies of the war. That's true, but it doesn't alter the key point that it had been immediately recognized by the government that the wasteful and inefficient capitalist system, always in need of proper financial care and feeding, was no way to run a country trying to win a war."
2) Referring to Soviet Union, the author writes: "Socialism came to be understood [in America] as a dictatorship. It meant Stalinist repression, a suffocating planned economy, no freedom of enterprise, no freedom to change jobs, elimination of personal expression, and other similar vagaries." Planed economy can serve different goals, those that we approve and those that we do not approve. Stalinism should be identified with brutality and violence, against Soviet people, not with planned economy. Planning is an essential precondition for a successful activity at any level.
3) Those who are not familiar with Stalinism are likely to learn a lot about it from my short book. For details see
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