Socialism question: what role exactly does government play under socialism? From what I understand the idea is that workers would control the means of production rather than private ownership, but I keep seeing definitions which state that the government owns and controls all production and resources. Total government control over these things doesn't sound good to me, but I'm really new at leftist ideology. Can you help me understand how production would work under socialism?
hey! theres a big misconception about socialism meaning the government owns everything and its not a definition that most leftists agree with, maybe some hardcore stalinists or something but i wouldnt consider them real socialists anyways. socialism means communal workers control of the means of production, not through the state and not thru any bureaucracy. and anticommunists love to obscure this and pretend socialism = govt control of everything and will point to the ussr as an example, but the ussr was basically state capitalism, not socialism or communism.
also, leftists disagree a lot on the specifics of what role govt would play under socialism, im a libertarian communist but im not opposed to some form of government apparatus, or like decentralized workers councils or something under socialism. so the exact role govt plays depends on what kind of leftist youre talking to (anarchist, marxist leninist, trotskyist, libsoc, maoist, marxist, etc) but i think most of us can agree that the means of production shouldnt be controlled thru the state completely. u should look into different tendencies view on the role of the state, if youre new to leftism. i havent been able to find decent intros for everything but this is a good thing on council communism and heres some resources on anarcho communism. actually, you can look up leninism on the dictionary of marxist thought, which has a lot of other useful definitions