Ah, a little bit of both, huh ? Trouble is, the 'socialism' part usually supervenes the 'democracy'. People always want more than they are entitled to. Greece, the cradle of democracy .. democratically voted itself pensions for public servants and others at ages 47. They drowned themselves in vast oceans of debt, feeling sure that their, emm, socials would pay for it. It's now a basket case and much of the populance is leaving those bastions of .. emm, social democracy (Athens, etc) and reverting to a more agrarian, self sufficient existence - their patriarchal roots, ie, going back to their parents villages and starting afesh, growing their own food, etc. Vast numbers of those remaining are literlly begging - housewives are literally prostetuting themselves to pay for dinner. And the state keeps increasing it's slice of whatever megre income they might have, or increasing the burden of taxation on their fixed assets. It's social, after all.