ch.cool, your perspective will be a welcome addition!
i remember when the wall came down. a lot of west Germans were complaining that those from the east were lazy. at about the same time, i was working with some Russians and people were saying the same about them. i came to understand that it was not laziness. it was a broken spirit. by that i mean that those from communist countries had lost the motivation to change their lives. several generations of living under communism had made them passive. survival was not about working hard, it was about not being noticed.
i choose the definition statist because communism, socialism, and fascism, are all degrees of statism. they all take from the individual the right to determine their own destiny and make them, to some degree, dependent on the government. when the government gives, the government controls.
that's not to say that we don't need some regulations. we have stop lights so we don't all run into each other. we have standards for clean water and air. however, any time you regulate, you have to use great caution that you do not take it to far. it is one thing, for instance, to provide for those who can't provide for themselves. it's another, to take from producers and give "free stuff" to those who won't provide for themselves.
some business regulations are required. you don't want a cattle feed lot in the middle of the downtown business district. on the other hand, you shouldn't make it so difficult to get required permits that you can't have a cattle feed lot anywhere...or the cost to build one is prohibitive. you don't want poisons dumped in rivers, but you also don't want such unreasonable and technologically impossible regulations that a business must shut down or be massively fined.
our constitution intentionally limited the federal government so that the people and the states would be free to prosper and regulate as they saw fit. we were not designed to be a nation with 50 states. we were designed to be 50 states with a limited federal government and maximum freedom to innovate and succeed.