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Social interventionism is an action which involves the intervention of a government or an organization in social affairs.[1] Such policies can include provision of charity or social welfare as a means to alleviate social and economic problems of people facing financial difficulties; provision of health care; provision of education; provision of safety regulations for employment and products; delivery of food aid or recovery missions to regions or countries negatively affected by an event; adoption programs; etc.

Some social interventionist policies have been labelled by critics as social authoritarianism due to views that the policies violate individual freedom or human rights. Such policies include conscription; government sponsorship of birth control and abortion such as the People's Republic of China's One child policy or bans on abortion and birth control; bans on associations and organizations; forced sterilization programs; mandatory institutionalization of people with mental or physical disabilities; prohibition of substances or items; bans on homosexual relationships; segregation policies; state-sponsored discrimination or persecution of people based on age, cultural identity, ethnicity, gender, people with mental or physical disabilities, race, social position, political affiliation, religion, and/or sexual orientation. This criticism also arises from the use of social interventionism by authoritarian or totalitarian governments such as in the Soviet Union,[2][3] Fascist Italy,[4] and Nazi Germany.[5]

Notes

  1. ^ McClelland, J. S. 1996. A History of Western Political Thought. Routledge. Pp. 481[1]
  2. ^ Hoffmann, David L. Stalinist Values: The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917-1941. Cornell University Press. Pp. 7 [2]
  3. ^ Colton, Ethan Theodore. 1970. Four Patterns of Revolution: Communist U.S.S.R., Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, New Deal America. Ayer Publishing. Pp. 56. [3]
  4. ^ Colton, Pp. 103. [4]
  5. ^ Colton. Pp. 158 [5]
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