Is socialism just a fancy, likable name for communism?

Asked by: Ikkemb
  • Stalin called the Soviet Union socialist.

    Socialism is derived from the Latin word SOCIVS, meaning friend, to make you feel like he was your friend. We've all got that friend, who fights wars, starves people, acts like an absolute monarch, kills AT LEAST 60,000,000 people, sends more people to destruction camps than Hitler, all very friendly! Oh, wait... NO, IT'S NOT!!!

  • It definitely is

    All the communist and socialist philosophies are practically the same. They both despise and reject the capitalist ways. Socialist countries don't want the histories of communist countries such as China and Russia engraved into them. That is why socialism uses practically the same ideas and changes a few ideas that are hated by society.

  • Yes socialism is communism

    Read anything about real communism and that question answers itself. Anyone that believes in socialism should move to Canada or France and leave our freedom alone. In fact, I think the US government should buy anyone who believes in socialism (communism) a one-way ticket to the country of their choice with the additional understanding/restriction that they r not allowed to ever set foot in America again. They must relinquish their citizenship. Period. Bye bye!

  • Socialistic sounds better Bullistic

    Socialists are bullies. No wonder socialists are gaining just like people including children and youths are resorting to bullying others who are different. This is how far socialism has sunk now children are committing suicide because bullying have become more acceptable. We hear so much about we have to stop bullying especially from liberals and they are the biggest bullies themselves. Having lived in a socialistic country who had nothing left for the individual person, I will never ever cast my votefor a socialist. Socialists are behaving like entertainers fighting for the spotlight so we can all adore them. They are as fake as Kim Kardashian and her dumb hubby, they think they are oh so special, and the ignorant fans feed their egos. Sick, sick, sick.

  • No, of course it isn't...

    I really hate to be simple in such an elaborate answer but National Socialism, quite the contrary of Communism is it not?

    Well, the simple answer to this question is absolutely not and I would even go as far as saying that this is a ridiculous post and you should research before you post.

  • There Are Differences

    Socialism is defined as, a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. Communism is defined as, a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. As you can see socialism is regulated by the community as a whole, while communism makes everything publicly owned. They are very close, but still very much different.

  • I don’t understand why some people confuse socialism with fascism or communism.

    Perhaps it has something to do with the use of the word “socialist”? For example, The National Socialist German Workers’ (Nazi) Party was a far right / fascist political movement, while The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a far left / communist grouping.

    Socialism, in fact, is a centre-left ideology which seeks to balance the interests of corporations and their shareholders with those of the workers.

  • Sometimes yes, but in the modern world, generally not

    There are many countries in the modern world that could be called a Representative Socialist Nation, such as the Nordic Countries, overall these nations are not communist in the fact that they do not exist in a Government Controlled Dictatorship, but in a nation with a more so regulated economy than any other nation. Although Soviet Russia used the name Socialist they were a dictatorship and that is where the difference lies

  • Socialism is Socialism, Communism is Communism

    Socialism is when a capitalist economy occurs with moderate limitations, and high taxes. Communism is much more extreme, with massive limits on capitalism and innovation. This takes high taxes and some regulation to a new dangerous level. Many European countries are socialist, like Belgium but still have successful companies and innovation, something you won't find in a communist society.

    Posted by: ovk
  • Communism vs Socialism http://www.Diffen.Com/difference/Communism_vs_Socialism

    "In a way, communism is an extreme form of socialism. Many countries have dominant socialist political parties but very few are truly communist. In fact, most countries - including staunch capitalist bastions like the U.S. And U.K. - have government programs that borrow from socialist principles.

    "Socialism" is sometimes used interchangeably with "communism" but the two philosophies have some stark differences. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system that can exist in various forms under a wide range of political systems."

    Communism - The means of production are held in common, negating the concept of ownership in capital goods. Production is organized to provide for human needs directly without any use for money. Communism is predicated upon a condition of material abundance

    Socialism - The means of production are owned by public enterprises or cooperatives, and individuals are compensated based on the principle of individual contribution. Production may variously be coordinated through either economic planning or markets."

    Anyway, there are many differences. Please read the article that explains it well.

  • Similar in ways, but still different.

    For one, the term socialism is older than the term communism.
    Even ignoring that, there are differences between the two. For one, socialism as intended is actually possible. Socialism makes use of some capitalist ideas, while communism is not. Also, socialist countries are generally more successful than communist ones, in fact I bet I can name at least five countries with socialist ideologies that you would be surprised to hear, due to them being very free and well off.

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