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What is the difference between Socialism and Communism?

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What is the difference between Socialism and Communism?

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Under Socialism the government lets you think you still own some property.

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Socialism means that the community as a whole should own and control the means of production,distribution&exchange whereas in communism all property is publically owned and each person is paid and works according to his or herneeds and abilities.

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Communism depicts, in a sense, a democratic utopian society with no distinct socio-economic classes, no money, and one in which there is essentially no need for a government. Needless to say, true Communism is something very different from what we saw in the USSR, China, North Korea, etc. Socialism envisions an attainable democratic society in which there may be distinct socio-economic classes, workers have direct control of their wages and work environment, and the government plays an active role in society.

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In communism the government has control of everything – all businesses and land. Basically nothing belong to you, everything is the governments. Its supposed to be so that there is no difference in classes but this obviously doesn’t work. You can see this in Cuba, Fidel Castro is a communist and the country is a disaster and completely poor In socialism the government only controls certain large buisnesses. For example: France is a socialist country – the health/medicine is controlled by the government (healthcare). This give every person the access to medicine, in this case it is good. In the US congress it is often debated whether the government should take control of healthcare so that everyone could have it.

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Socialism and communism are both economic systems (the production, distribution, and use of wealth) that require that goods be owned in common, instead of privately. The difference between the two systems is in the fact that socialism covers a wide range of political systems, including communism, whereas communism is a strict interpretation of socialism. While socialism advocates communal ownership of industry, it does so in two ways: either in the form of state ownership or else in the form of ownership by the workers themselves. Communism, on the other hand, allows for only one form of the communal endeavor: state ownership through a small group of political elite. Communism also goes one step further than socialism in that the Communist state not only controls the economy, but all areas of society. The former Soviet Union is an example of…

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