Communism is where you don't get a vote and the government controls everything... almost a hive mentality where everything is centrally controlled and centrally planned.
That is not true, there are different forms of Communism and yes i mean true communism not such constructs like in USSR. Democracy does and can exist in communism and is also one of the mechanisms to keep corruption low.
andalusia wrote:I want to know what is a socialist and what is a communist? I would like a good precise definition. Moreover, does it irritate people that these terms are used to slur people?
According to Marx, communism and socialism are two level of the same process. That means first you have to build a socialist country and then after finishing that level you go up to communist one.
Let's me state it clear that NO COUNTRY has ever reach the level of communism yet. No country has ever finished the building of socialist level yet.
Even the USSR is NOT a Commie country. Its name is clear: Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republic.
And in Vietnamese, at least, we do not use "Communist bloc" like the West. We use the term "Socialist bloc" to call ourselves.
So what is the different between Socialist and Communist ?
Accoring to our political education it should be:
A socialist country needs to have GOOD DEMOCRACY, which is expected to provide wide access to most of the people in the country, and provide equal amount of political rights for the people.
In a socialist country, the MEANS OF PRODUCTION is public-owned. But the MEANS OF SUBSISTENCE is not public-owned. That means, funds, investment, tools, machinery, farmlands... are public-owned. However, your money, your house, your food, your PC, your laptop, your watch, your clothes... these are your private properties, and nobody has the right to take them from you.
In a socialist country, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. You are pay for exactly what you have countributed. You work hard that you have a luxurious life. If you do not work, you will not have anything.
On my opinion that is a good condition for FAIR COMPETITION. Because in that environment everybody has the same starting point and same background.
In a communist country, there is NO social class, NO class conflict. Everybody is equal so there is no goverment anymore.
In a communist country, production power is expected to be developed into an ultimate level, therefore socials goods are extremely abundant. And everybody is expected to be workaholic, everybody is expected to love working. Therefore, the law is loose: you can just work as much as you like and eat as much as you desire.
Social properties are COMPLETELY public-owned.
Optimal development of each INDIVIDUAL is the basis for the goodness of the whole society.