By: Hussein, Elsherbini|
Political ideologies and economic systems didn’t just appear for the mere reason of change. They were influenced by the oppressive conditions of outdated economic structures and political despotism. Preceding every massive transformation from one state of being to another, a great revolution in thought took place. The former is relevant in the inception and spread of socialist ideology in 20th century Russia. World events such as World War 1 and the industrial revolution, and domestic social conditions such as poor living conditions and political totalitarianism under Nicholas tsar the second heavily influenced the development of socialism as an economic and political system, opposed to traditional ways of thinking. To be able to understand socialism and differentiate it from other economic/political systems, one must first comprehend what socialism means in its proper context; meaning through an analysis of its actual application by certain societies. The most prominent countries known to have applied socialist law and devoted socialism are mainly Russia and china. And to further understand socialist law and the reasons of its adaptation, one must grasp the influence socialism (as an economic and political system) had on the law. First and foremost socialism is simply “an economic system in which all or most productive resources are the property of the government, in which the production and distribution of goods and services are administered primarily by the government rather than by private enterprise” (Johnson, D. P. (n.d.). Socialism: A Glossary of Political Economy Terms - Dr. Paul M. Johnson. Auburn University. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://www.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/socialism) in other words socialism undermines and absolutely declares no ownership to any private property, and gives full possession to the government. The government therefore is responsible to...