frighten or disgust me the way it does most Americans because I have seen it first hand and it looks just like America but with the government protecting people from corporate interests, either in terms of health or arbitrary downsizing and moving the jobs off shore.
2. Canada, Britain, France Italy Spain and Germany are not now socialist countries. Neither are Denmark or Norway. The only truly socialist country I have visited has been Sweden and my limited experience there was very pleasant. Britain in the eras of Harold Wilson and Clement Atlee were well on their way to socialism. All that ended about 1970-72.
3. Socialism is NOT properly anti-capitalist, though many anti capitalists don't seem to understand that, but having read some of what they write I don't think they're socialists either. More like anarchists.
4. I am not a socialist, I am a liberal mixed economy capitalist.
5. Pro Depravity whatever that means is neither a socialist nor liberal ideal. Pornography is not produced by socialists or liberals, it is produced by people who will do ANYTHING for money, which in my book makes them Capitalists with the biggest C possible. Capitalists are dedicated not to principles but to profit. That doesn't mean that for expample there can't be Christian capitalists for whom many activities are not acceptable, but it does mean that people who pursue profit regardless of what it costs their workforce (John-Mansville, Kerr-Mcgee, the meat packing industry) or society (J-M, and K-M above plus those who bilk the public purse, or defraud the public Enron, the savings and loan types)
One of the big crusading anti-porn, anti-NEA people was Charles Keating who looted Lincoln Savings and Loan and was a prominent Republican contributor, and is now a convicted felon. Between him and Larry Flynt its hard to know who is the more destructive.
6. I repeat, the liberal media in the United States consists of a few small circulation magazines, plus Harpers Magazine, and maybe the Atlantic, though I find the Atlantic pretty even handed. I know of NO Liberal Newspapers or TV Stations. Big Media is a Big Business, there is no room there, except for the occasional columnist, for liberal opinion in Big Media. Mike Kinsley isn't a much of a liberal, he's mostly just a Democrat. James Carville isn't a liberal hes a Democrat. Barney Frank isn't a liberal he's a Democrat.
And I've never met a liberal ashamed of being a liberal, though I have met some who feel pretty battered by the right's lies about what it is to be liberal. If the Left as you say, dominated publishing and Media generally why have the Republicans been in power since 1968 with a couple of minor interruptions. And don't wave Clinton at me as a liberal, he was a pragmatic rightwing Democrat who gutted the Welfare system. No liberal would ever do that.
Corporations and the wealthy have excessive political power in the United States, their needs almost by definition are not the needs of the vast majority of Americans (a compliant low-paid work force, no regulation for occupational or public health, unlimited toxic dumping because its cheaper, etc). The point of liberalism is to counter balance that power in society and to ensure that all members of society have a chance at a good life without the dangers of dog eat dog capitalism as expressed in the 19th Century and the first 30 years of last century. General health and welfare are the goals of liberalism, not the weakest go to the wall, which seems to be the preferred expression of Untrammelled Conservatism. The principle is that when the neediest are taken care of the society as a whole benefits. It would be nice if that meant that all petty crime and drug use would stop but it doesn't. It does mean that the benefits for society in a healthy educated flexible and motivated work-force outweigh the criminal activities of the few.
And to castigate the liberal media for lack of introspection when we have Fox News and the Washington Times and the National Review to hand, is utterly laughable. Conservatism finds its highest expression in self-righteousness, the utter certainty that you and all who hold your opinions are right and therefore everybody, even the majority if there is one who contradict you are wrong. It is so often linked to a simplistic fundamentalism in religion in the United States and in the Middle East, and no where else. Indeed in both areas the feeling that they are a persecuted minority strengthens the resolve, or fanatacism.
How the Right in America became the ones to define the political spectrum I have no idea, but only in America can Conservatives consider themselves Middle of the Road with a straight face.