Xibalba wrote: ... the USA, that is, as it turns from a conservative to libertarian state in the next few decades.
However much I wish it were true, I'd say that is the most off-the-wall and unlikely prediction I have ever heard! My expectation is that the US will descend into the abyss of a completely Marxist state in that time frame. It will be interesting to see which of us is right (if I should live so long).
Marxism, first and foremost, is a science which attempted to explain how HISTORY functions... not economics. Dialectical materialism.
Socialism is an economic expression of Marxism that was far more a Leninist ideology than that of Marx or Engels. Yes I know who wrote the Manifesto, but notwithstanding that, Marx was first and foremost a student of history, not economics. It was his theory of dialectal materialism as the engine that drives history that led to his predictions of socialism and communism, not the other way around.
In any event, the notion that the US is in any way a socialist state, or Marxist or any of the other scary-sounding buzzwords currently used to terrify people into voting conservative or libertarian is inaccurate from purely historical, economic and even BASIC DICTIONARY senses. It arises from the a social adoption of Godwin's Law, that somehow calling people you like a Nazi or a Socialist (two different spectrums) will win over your opponent, but the people using the terms rarely have the slightest historical clue on what the terms mean.
Socialism requires worker ownership of the means of production. Not GOVERNMENT takeover, mind you, but WORKER OWNERSHIP. With the exception of some water-downed cases where a fwe companies allow their workers shares in a company (never enough to have sufficient majority voting rights), there are no significant examples in the US of workers owning industries.
Unfortunately, poor education about economic theory and history have led an entire two generations to believe a Hollywood actor (Ronald Reagan) and his view of what constitutes "socialism" or "communism" -- which nowadays is anything less than total libertarian freedom of the corporation to do whatever it wants, even if that means trampling the rights and freedoms of the individual.
The US is not, and never has been, anywhere NEAR a socialist state. In fact, we have private industry running the GOVERNMENT (under Bush it was Halliburton and friends, under Obama it is Goldman Sachs), with private companies using their leverage against politicians in both parties to get what they want for their particular companies and industries. This is why the bailout of banks, and the Obama attempt to handover healthcare to private insurers, failed. History shows us for generation after generation that corporations do not "trickle down", they retain the money they make. They may buy some goods, but they do not drive the economy, contrary to what conservative and libertarian economists would have us believe. If that were true, the bank bailout would have worked.
Until WORKERS own the means of production, anyone saying the US is a socialist, Marxist or even QUASI-socialist state is factually and historically incorrect. Sorry to disabuse you of your fears, which are probably offering you some kind of comfort in an ironic manner. People have been calling the US "Marxist" for generations, and we are still have a private-sector economy.
Of course, if the two parties continue their uneducated name-calling, and erroneous citing of history, then it's just a matter of time before China -- a REAL socialist state -- comes and takes the US over anyway. And the funny thing is, they will be using capitalist tools to do so. So long as corporate leaders are free to line their pockets with Chinese money (something libertarians would never dare limit in any way!), then the Chinese will take advantage of that and dominate.
But the only way the US will become anything NEAR socialist, Marxist or communist is by invasion... whether that's a full blown war, or (more likely) a silent coup, as China uses capitalist means to buy up everything we ever had.