Not too far off the mark as far as the general response of most people is concerned. In terms of something actually substantial: 1) Our government has time and time again proven itself far too inept and incompetent to manage something even vague socialist. 2) We pride ourselves on being (claiming to be) a capitalist nation, which doesn't work well with socialized services. More significantly, the rich idiots with power aren't going to keep growing their riches in a socialist environment, everyone else be damned. 3) Despite what they'd say to the contrary, the rich and powerful love exploiting the system for their own means (see 2). 4) We've got 232 years of legal cruft that would make such a system pretty much impossible without a revolution. I think that with the right people managing it and the right legal environment to back it up, socialized services would be quite appropriate in a number of areas. We already do it for quite a number of things already (roads, police, fire departments, etc) without the socialized label, and while you can argue about their effectiveness, they tend to be on the whole better than our mess that is health care for example. Whenever someone wants to start talking about socialized health care, the person against it comes up with all sorts of random straw-man arguments based on stereotypes (omg look at British teeth, see what socialized health care gets you?!) and it goes nowhere. Part of the problem is that democracy, or rather the democratic republic we have, doesn't work well with 300M people - especially when most of them are apathetic morons. Forging ourselves into an American Union of sorts would introduce a lot of initial panic but in the long run would probably work out reasonably well if done right - basically, just abolish the federal government and leave things to the states, in true libertarian fashion. For all of the problems that our currency is experiencing right now, it would make no sense to break it down by state/region IMO, and relatively open borders for interstate commerce would be critical (as we have them now). Simply put, most of our problems come at a national government level - politicians that 49% of the country hates, lobbyists buying nonsense laws over an entire country (of course that'd be a problem if there were only state laws as well, but at least it could be slowed down or stopped in some areas by them having to repeat the process fifty times over), etc. There would probably be a lot of segregation as a result, especially politically, but with a proper free market and all of that stuff the problems would mostly sort themselves out over the course of a few years.