The American people and opponents of Bernie Sanders have got it all wrong – Socialism is neither bad nor is it Communism. The two do share similar ideals, but there is still a distinct difference that I hope all Americans come to understand.
Neither Socialism or Communism should be viewed as “bad” when they are talked about in the correct sense.
Amongst all the different parties and ideals of the political spectrum, any two can be compared and have similarities. The Republicans can be similar to the Democrats, and so forth. But people often confuse radical Communism with Socialism, which are not the same thing at all.
Socialism and Communism both are far left on the political spectrum, but neither means what the general public believe it means. Here is what they both are:
People like to confuse true Communism with a dictatorship. Yes, many of the countries that are considered “Communist” countries today are ruled by one or a few rulers, but that is because true Communism was never reached in those countries.
True Communism is every person of a society having equal power. No upper class, middle class, or lower class. No social classes. That means that the people are the government, and there is no ruler or anyone seated at a higher power. THAT is true Communism.
Unfortunately in the Communist countries of today such as China, Laos, and North Korea, that point was never reached.
The first step in creating a truly Communist government is putting a few people in charge of the government, and then over time having the few people in charge disband their power and eventually have a government ran completely by the people.
Instead, what happened is the few people who gained power in these “Communist” countries refused to give it up. And instead of having an equal people-ruling government, a few people kept their power and have control over an entire country.
This is NOT Socialism.
Socialism is very much a leftist ideal on the political spectrum, but it is not as far left as Communism is.
In Socialism, there is still a government like there is in the United States today. There are still social classes and there are still wealthy people. There are also great programs as well.
Welfare and social security both are formed from Socialist ideas and education reform is also important to a Socialist society.
The point of Socialism is to help those in the lower class. Socialism is designed to strengthen the lower and middle classes in order to benefit the entire country. It is NOT to eliminate the lower class and reward people who do not work for what they have. It is to bring those people in the lower class up out of poverty and allow them to contribute to the growth of the country.
Someone who confused Socialism and Communism is conservative news anchor Tomi Lahren.
Tomi stated in her Socialist rant against Bernie Sanders that Socialism is “an even playing field for the lazy to compete with the determined” and that “everyone shares the work and the reward.”
These two ideas are Communist ideas that are often confused with Socialism. Socialism simply lifts the “lazy” so that they, too, can find a way to compete and make a decent living. But it does not take away from the fact that they are on the bottom of the social classes. It also does not put them on the same playing field as the “determined.”
In Socialism, everyone does not share the work and the reward. Does the whole society receive similar benefits? Yes, the benefits are government and equal-opportunity based. But the work is not shared, as there are still social distinctions such as lower class and upper class. Thus, the reward is also not shared. Socialism simply lifts the lower class out of poverty, but continues the democratic idea of classes.
Neither Socialism or Communism is what America thinks it is.