Lemon socialism


Lemon socialism

Lemon socialism is a term for the practice in supposedly free market capitalist economies in which the government steps in to bailout or otherwise subsidize weak or failing firms. [cite web
url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091903183.html
title=Bailout on Wheels
first=George F.
last=Will
publisher=The Washington Post
date=2008-09-29
] [cite book
title=Newspeak: A Dictionary of Jargon
first=Jonathon
last=Green
pages=p. 142
publisher=Routledge
year=1984
isbn=0710096852
] [cite web
url=http://www.beyondchron.org/articles/The_Return_of_Lemon_Socialism_6098.html
title=The Return of “Lemon” Socialism
first=Randy
last=Shaw
publisher=Beyond Chron
date=2008-09-18
]

A government attempting to transition from capitalism to socialism by this method takes control of the worst industries — the "lemons" — first, which undermines such an approach. [cite book
title=Economic Justice and Democracy
first=Robin
last=Hahnel
pages=p. 116
publisher=Routledge
year=2005
isbn=0415933447
] Socialists socialize the losses while capitalists keep the profits. [cite book
title=Skeptic
author=Forum for Contemporary History
publisher=Skeptic Magazine
year=1976
volume=1976-1977 no.11-22
pages=p. 54
] Similarly, in post-Communist societies, nationalized industries which had the least capital with which to modernize are the last targets for privatization. [cite book
title=Ethnic Nationalism: The Tragic Death of Yugoslavia
first=Bogdan Denis
last=Denitch
chapter=3 Troubled Transitions: Post Communist Societies in Crisis
pages=p. 91
publisher=University of Minnesota Press
year=1996
isbn=0816629471
] The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 has been cited as an example of lemon socialism. [cite web
url=http://www.slate.com/id/2201245/
title=GOP, RIP? Nearly three decades of Republican dominance may be coming to an end
first=Timothy
last=Noah
authorlink=Timothy Noah
publisher=Slate
date=2008-09-30
] [cite web
url=http://english.pravda.ru/world/asia/24-09-2008/106441-bush_crisis_plan-0
title=The Bush Crisis Plan: Greatest transfer of wealth in world history
publisher=Pravda
date=2008-09-24
]

ee also

*The Market for Lemons
*Gresham's law
*Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor

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