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In what ways has British Socialism differed from other forms of Socialism seen elsewhere? British Socialism has always been a particularly moderate socialist party

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In what ways has British Socialism differed from other forms of Socialism seen elsewhere? British Socialism has always been a particularly moderate socialist party. They have mainly been represented by the Labour Party who stand to represent the interests of the working class within the existing democratic political framework. Elsewhere in the world there have been differing examples of Socialism in practise and in theory. Socialism, in various forms, can be seen to have been used by even the most primitive of tribes. They practiced common ownership and egalitarianism however; the Diggers (an English movement 1609-76) still had a fundamental belief in God. With the rise of capitalism and its inevitable class structure, socialist ideals of a classless utopia of equality became popular amongst those at the bottom of the capitalist pile. The Revolutionary works of Karl Marx where also to have a fundamental impact on Socialism in the world. ...read more.

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The UK, in its entire history has never had a revolution, evolution is the political environment and so the British Socialist, in order to have a chance in the British system have had to win public support and settle for socialist principles in moderation. British Socialist believes in relative equality, advocating redistribution of wealth through taxation and through the welfare state. Equality strengthens other socialist principles of community and co-operation. These in turn are based on a belief that humans are naturally sociable and are motivated by 'moral' incentives. British Socialism has had to combine a belief in 'moral' incentive with one of 'material' incentive so as to avoid propagating a situation of: 'capitalism, the uneven distribution of wealth; socialism, the even distribution of poverty'. In the Soviet model, material incentives were for the masses abandoned and the basic need to survive became the driving force behind their workers. ...read more.

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In Britain, such revolutionary ideas would not have been received well and as the years unfolded, it was evident that the Soviet Union could not sustain their population on collectivist gains and famously had to buy in grain from America in 1960's under Khrushchev. British Socialists had to accept and work with a capitalist system that had proved more resilient and flexible than Marx could have foreseen. British Socialists have accepted individualist enterprise as inevitable but have had some successes in post-war Britain to nationalise some key industries and public services. British Socialism, as represented on the political playing field can be seen as particularly moderate and central in the political spectrum. In recent years, the labour party have moved further and further away from its Socialist routes. Perhaps in Western Democracies, as Marx predicted, Capitalism would halt any road to socialism. He suggested violent over throwing by the working classes, yet this has become but a distant memory to Modern day Social Democrats. By their very name they have accepted democracy and must initiate policy with public opinion in mind. ...read more.

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