Authoritarian socialism are political-economic systems that generally describes themselves as socialist and reject the liberal democratic concepts of multi-party politics, freedom of assembly, private property, habeas corpus and freedom of expression.
Several countries, including the Soviet Union and Maoist China have been described by journalists and schoolars as Authoritarian Socialist states. However, neither state used the term 'authoritarian socialist' to describe themselves — these states declared themselves to be Proletarian or People's Democracies.
In fiction, one of the most known examples of authoritarian socialism is Oceania’s English socialism from the book 1984 from George Orwell, a self-described democratic socialist author influenced by his experiences of Libertarian Socialism during the Spanish Civil War.
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