Socialism in principal is a theory where the economy is government run. On the other hand capitalism is a theory where the economy is run by the market. To me socialism is a rule in favor of the poor against the wealthy and capitalism is a rule in favor of the rich against the wealthy. Like one member in JF by the alias of Abdulhalim pointed out to me that capitalism is winner takes all. So I thought to myself what the middle ground can be. Then I thought of social democracy which essentially takes some elements of socialism and some elements of capitalism. Social Democracy is a political theory practiced most notably in Scandinavian countries(Denmark, Norway, Sweden & sometimes Finland and Iceland are also included). And I realized that it made sense. When international lists are produced of quality of life Scandinavian countries lead the way( http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/world-top-ten-quality-of-life-map.html), they top the worlds healthiest countries ( http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/07/health-world-countries-forbeslife-cx_avd_0408health.html) etc. They also maintain peace and are highly regarded around the world. Now what works for Scandinavian countries may not necessarily work for us but what if we developed a system in which both the government and the market had a definitive role to play? I'm talking about having sectors which would be government controlled and those that can be determined by the market. What I propose is for the government to offer its people the bare minimum, the necessities of life. As this is a political forum I will list a few areas which I believe shouldn't be left up to the market to decided. 1. Education: As it stands right now a child has to have either one of three things to get an education. 1)Money, 2)High intelligence, 3)Luck. And even a child with high intelligence must have some luck to advance. Why should only those who can afford to go to school go to school? We are missing out on large numbers of children whose skills and talents can serve the nation at a latter stage just because they are not given the chance to go to school. It's a shame that the priority now is for a child to graduate from standard seven. What is standard seven? Nothing! The priority should be that kids can at least attain a form six diploma and those who are smart enough can attend university. 2.Health: It is sad to think about the people who die needlessly every year just because they can't afford health care. Government hospitals lack equipment and personnel and care is given not on a need basis but on a money basis. Mwenye hela ndiyo anaenda mbele ya msitari. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation! 3.Social services: Things like pensions should be better regulated. Water & sewerage systems better maintained. Electricity shouldn't be a privilege but basic to every one. Roads & infrastructure should be revamped and improved. 4. I believe there other areas which need no be regulated properly by the government but sadly I don't have the time and neither the space. I hope my fellow members will help out by contributing to what they believe should be government regulated or market regulated.