Lieu, I now have less respect for you than I do for the shit for brains idiot that started this thread. I can cherry pick entries and make capitalism look like socialism just fine. I'll settle for putting the full paragraphs up for comparison.
What you picked out of Britannica:
...This fundamental conviction nevertheless leaves room for socialists to disagree among themselves with regard to two key points. The first concerns the extent and the kind of property that society should own or control...
What Britannica actually says in that paragraph:
This fundamental conviction nevertheless leaves room for socialists to disagree among themselves with regard to two key points. The first concerns the extent and the kind of property that society should own or control. Some socialists have thought that almost everything except personal items such as clothing should be public property; this is true, for example, of the society envisioned by the English humanist Sir Thomas More
in his Utopia
(1516). Other socialists, however, have been willing to accept or even welcome private ownership of farms, shops, and other small or medium-sized businesses.
Your snippet from Wikipedia:
...Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and program; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalization, sometimes opposing each other...
The actual paragraph:
Socialism is not a concrete philosophy of fixed doctrine and program; its branches advocate a degree of social interventionism and economic rationalization, sometimes opposing each other. Another dividing feature of the socialist movement is the split between reformists and the revolutionaries on how a socialist economy should be established. Some socialists advocate complete nationalization of the means of production, distribution, and exchange; others advocate state control of capital within the framework of a market economy. Socialists inspired by the Soviet model of economic development have advocated the creation of centrally planned economies directed by a state that owns all the means of production. Others, including Yugoslavian, Hungarian, German and Chinese Communists in the 1970s and 1980s, instituted various forms of market socialism, combining co-operative and state ownership models with the free market exchange and free price system (but not prices for the means of production). Social democrats propose selective nationalization of key national industries in mixed economies, with private ownership of property and of profit-making small business. Social Democrats also promote tax-funded welfare programs and the regulation of markets. Libertarian socialism (including social anarchism and libertarian Marxism) rejects state control and ownership of the economy altogether and advocates direct collective ownership of the means of production via co-operative workers' councils and workplace democracy.
This one is an honest quote. It's actually in context with the rest of the paragraph! Did it take you a while to find this encyclopedia? I've actually had a set of these, utter shit when you need real information. Very little depth, nothing like Brittanica, or even World Book.
...In a broader sense, the term socialism is often used loosely to describe economic theories ranging from those that hold that only certain public utilities and natural resources should be owned by the state to those holding that the state should assume responsibility for all economic planning and direction. In the past 150 years there have been innumerable differing socialist programs. For this reason socialism as a doctrine is ill defined...
Since you're quoting Webster too.
The applicable usage of loosely:
6 a: lacking in precision, exactness, or care <loose brushwork> <loose usage>
As to be expected of Encyclopedia Columbia, they don't go into enough detail to make themselves useful, but they'll blow a whole paragraph saying morons on the internet wrongly attribute socialism to just about everything.
Your crossing out the other definitions for Socialism doesn't change the fact that all of them say I'm right either.
Go away while you still have a shred of credibility. Assuming you have that much now.
I know, I'm a troll. Blow me.