Historically, Socialism meant government ownership of production to remove profits, which socialists considered to be illegitimate. Socialism failed because it was not market driven, Had no incentive system and no mechanism to replace the complex adaptive abilities of the market based systems it did not understand.
Going forward, driven by Conservatives, Socialism will come to mean any policies that aim to increase living standards and foster broad increases in quality of life or liberty beyond the narrow conservative conception of liberty as the freedom to compete in a darwinian free for all of each person standing alone or with allies, pitted each against the other with minimal rules or referees. Snake oil salesmen will have the advantages of this kind of liberty as well as large corporations with natural predatory advantage.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the eurozone, the UK and most Asian countries will fit this new definition of socialism. The US has a chance to stay in this group if the conservatives fail.
Non-socialist countries will be found in the middle east, Russia, the US (if the consrvatives prevail) and most African and Latin American countries.
"The ultimate goal for Marxist socialists is the emancipation of labour from alienating work. Marxists argue that freeing the individual from the necessity of performing alienating work in order to receive goods would allow people to pursue their own interests and develop their own talents without being coerced into performing labour for others."
From wikipedia,seems like this describes bama's intentions.
sounds like it was the founding fathers' intentions, too.
“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
but then, he was biased, having just killed several thousand conservatives to create a nation...