Not picking a fight. But if the highway system, public libraries, public schools, garbage collection, public parks etc are examples of socialism then why is a bit more socialism a bad thing.
If I had my choice of more Socialism or more "Corporatism" then give me the former.
What are your thoughts?
neither. i want true capitalism. we had it before and it worked great. you have ultimate freedom over your life, but you assume the risk. no bailouts, no welfare, etc. i am not denying a role for government, but i want a very very limited government with the maximum of personal freedom and liberty within that role. just taking your examples in order:
highway system: actually a pretty well run system to build the roads and bridges. maintenance is another matter and not for lack of money. for using the money on other things pensions, slush funds etc.
public libraries: in my opinion, completely not necessary.
public schools: despite an endless pit of money, they suck. without starting a flaming argument, teachers unions are the major reason. i really don't what the public school system has become. is not about education anymore. it is about making cogs in the system, a siphon for more welfare ie school lunches and cited as the sole reason why we can't own our property but lease it from the state/city via property taxes which i think is unconstitutional. i loathe that folks complain that schools are underfunded when they have multi million dollar athletic budgets, money for band, money for theater and the kids can't read or make change from a $20. this country became great on 1 room school houses with chalk and chalkboards and we can't build a "proper" school with less than $20 million?
garbage collection: i grew up in the country, we did just fine with private garbage collection. however, i do recognize that this is more complicated in a dense urban setting. i think it would function just fine privately, but if you insist on public than fine. but just like with education, i believe there should absolutely be no public sector unions. public sector unions are negotiating with the people they put in office who are in control of an endless amount of money that is not there's to lose. private unions, fine, i don't like them but at least that is a fair negotiation.
public parks: same take as libraries. they are nice, but i consider them an unnecessary luxury. if there is left over money, fine.
the root of socialism is that someone else has a right to MY private property, time, money, person. i just will never be able to get behind that as a core philosophy. edit: however, if a local municipality or state wants to go down that route via ballot box, i have less concern because i can always choose to vote with my feet and not participate. (which happens, see california, new york and new jersey) my biggest issue as it relates to the thread topic is the federal government where you can not escape it.