Originally Posted by TheConcretekid
For example, a big buzz word right now is "Socialism" and it seems some people don't have a full grasp of what that word means and some think it's synonymous with Fascism, Nazism, Communism, etc. but having lived in Bolivia and Denmark, both countries with socialist aspects (and on either end of the socialist spectrum), you realize what a general term that word is, and you see how that system of government can fail and how it can be extremely successful.
The reason that Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, etc. belong on the same end of the spectrum is that they are all forms of large, powerful governments. Monarchies would fall into that same category. The idea that the government is the "soul" of the nation and the center of power and the people are simply subjects of the government.
The extreme of this would be Totalitarianism, which is a government that not only seeks to control every action of its people, but it seeks to control their every thought as well. The frightening thing is that we are steadily moving in that direction with political correctness and the concepts of "hate speech" and "thought crimes."
What made America different, before the Progressive movement started to take over, was that the power rested in the hands of the people and the government was a servant of the people.
As Thomas Jefferson put it, "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
Unfortunately, our balance of power is shifting in this country as people are handing over way too much power to the federal government.