NederbördOk, I think I get your point know. I got a little confused in your original post when you mentioned "socialist country and and a republic" cause Socialism is not a form of government.
But a totalitarian government s the only way to completely establish socialism. There is no way the people are going to willingly give up their private property and wealth. That is why the term "socialist democracy" is an oxymoron. If the people really had their way, they would vote to get their property back. Remember how furious the socialists were when Margaret Thatcher let the poor buy the public housing they were living in? The lower classes were thrilled at the opportunity, but it interfered with the socialist's view of Utopia.
So what do you then call the governments of Sweden, Hungary and other democratic countries with a socialist government?
NederbördSo what do you then call the governments of Sweden, Hungary and other democratic countries with a socialist government?
They are becoming more and more socialist, but they haven't achieved critical mass yet. The Chinese are wisely becoming more capitalist, and their economy is benefitting from the change. But I wouldn't call them capitalist yet, as they don't really have a free market as we know it, and the government still controls large amounts of the economy. Interestingly, privately owned businesses usually manage their industries more or less intelligently, but governments mess up their programs much more frequently. Just look at the Chinese nuclear program, or NASA, or the American Education system.