: I'm curious, what exactly is socialism and how does it differ from communism? (Keep your explanation brief and simple, because I get bored easily)
: I also wonder how can people live with themselves when they spend lots of money on a luxury car or mansion, when there are people STARVING out there?
From Red Deathy's site:
"The establishment of a system of society based upon the common ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of the whole community.
Common ownership is not state ownership. State ownership is merely the ownership by the capitalist class as a whole, instead of by individual capitalists, and the government then runs the state enterprises to serve the capitalist class. In the self-proclaimed "communist" states the state enterprises serve those who control the party/state apparatus. The working class does not own or control. It produces for a privileged minority."
As for how people can "live with themselves...etc."...just don't think about it.