Doorway, All the "communist" countries you cited are actually capitalist or just military dictatorships with no real economy at all. As for a matter of choice, only the first world, and a handful within it, truly benefit from unfettered capitalism. Most people don't agree with how it works, and America's not exactly in a good shape, either. Russia is possibly the most capitalistic country in the world, just with no free market. In any case, some key aspects of socialism and limited capitalism can be combined to make the "best of both worlds". I don't think you really know much at all about socialism.