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Scientific socialism

What is meant by the term 'scientific socialism'?

bolshevik41 5 Mar 26

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Scientific socialism (as previously described in Wiki) sought to apply scientific principles to the understanding of this system of government but, as any first year political science major will tell you, there are far too many variables to make viable predictions in any system of governing large numbers of individuals.

Generally speaking, the success of any method of government is far more dependent on the character of those governing...but those qualities alone largey defy objective analysis.

And that tells us nothing of current social trends or the price of pig bellies.

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I looked it up on Wikipedia and here's what I found. "Scientific socialism refers to a method for understanding and predicting social, economic and material phenomena by examining their historical trends through the use of the scientific method in order to derive probable outcomes and probable future developments." I had never heard of the term before, but it doesn't sound very scientific to me! I thought the scientific method was supposed to able to to repeat the outcome of a scientific experiment repeatedly, not probably. But "scientific socialism" states that it uses the scientific method for "predicting social, economic and material phenomena by examining their historical trends through the use of the scientific method in order to derive "probable" outcomes and "probable" future developments. Am I missing something?

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Fucked if I know

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fact based scientific reason why socialism is better. In my opinion all creatures do well not just a few.Using scientific case study. how ever this would never be accepted as we all know why.

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You are one google search away from finding out.

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I thouht you would answer that for us?

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It sounds good in theory but the experiments prove less than usefull results?

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Well, link anything to the word "science" and you are sure to get some attention. I wonder could I find anything more meaningful in Alice Through The Looking Glass..

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Perhaps it is referencing Einstein. The foundation of Einstein’s dictum is based on this premise:

“Man is, at one and the same time, a solitary being and a social being. As a solitary being, he attempts to protect his own existence and that of those who are closest to him, to satisfy his personal desires, and to develop his innate abilities. As a social being, he seeks to gain the recognition and affection of his fellow human beings, to share in their pleasures, to comfort them in their sorrows, and to improve their conditions of life. Only the existence of these varied, frequently conflicting, strivings accounts for the special character of a man, and their specific combination determines the extent to which an individual can achieve an inner equilibrium and can contribute to the well-being of society.”

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I think it describes the distribution of natural resources and wealth based on statistics.

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Scientific socialism is a term coined in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in his What is Property? to mean a society ruled by a scientific government, i.e. one whose sovereignity rests upon reason, rather than sheer will:​

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Never heard of the phrase.

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