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Similarities between communism and socialism

Posted by: McChick ( Australia ) on May 24, 1999 at 16:15:24:

In Reply to: ok posted by Gee on May 24, 1999 at 14:41:26:

: a. communist
: Strictly speaking, communism means a scheme of equalising the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which
: contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all. The means to achieve this is by collectivization of all property. No individual may own anything, not the product of his work (thus his mind), nor any personal material benefit he may achieve as a result of it. All material is centralised and distributed by some collective means (state or votes), the intention being to achieve equal utility(of material) by all. In my opinion such is doomed (follow my discussions with red deathy below)

: f. socialist
: Depends on who you ask! I'll let red Deathy explain stateless socialism - it most appears in state form where its a political system in which the means of production, distribution and exchange are mostly owned by the state, and used, at least
: in theory, on behalf of the people (whose 'good' is decided by the legislator). The idea behind socialism is that the capitalist system is intrinsically unfair, because it concentrates wealth in a few hands and does nothing to safeguard the overall welfare of the majority. Under socialism, the state redistributes the wealth of society in a more equitable way, according to the judgement of the legislator - hence its very dubious.

Socialism and communism sound similar to me. The state gets to own everything, but the obvious difference seems that in communism the stuff is shared by people's votes, and in socialism the stuff is shared by a legislater who decides. Am I right? Or am I just too tired to reason correctly?

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