Do conservatives understand the difference between communism, communist parties and socialism?

Do conservatives realize that communism and socialism are not the same thing? I’ve notice that conservatives (and liberals sometimes) tend to get communism and communist parties mixed up. They talk about communism as if its this horrible form of government that is run by a dictator when in reality communists…

We know the difference between ideal communism (which would be the best form of government) and real communism (which is what actually happens).

In ideal communism, everyone is taken care of, there are no classes so everyone is equal. The country flourishes because all needs are met and no one has any reason to commit crime.

In real communism, one person takes charge and it usually becomes a totalitarian regime. The leaders become insanely rich and everyone else becomes dirt poor. The needs of the people are not met because since all the lower class people are equal, there is no ambition to innovate and advance. There are no reasons to take risks, just work the minimum to get you daily rations.

Anarchism is a lack of government, sounds ok until you realize that anyone can get away with anything.

Atheism has nothing to do with government. It literally means “against God,” however, a lot of people who claim to be atheist are more agnostic, not thinking (or refusing to think) there is God.

Socialism is where the government provides basic things (water, electricity, healthcare, TV, internet, phone). Doesn’t sound bad until you realize, the government controls all your basics. They get to say what you watch, what sites you go to, and the scariest one what health service you can get. Also, taxes have to be much higher to support all these things, and you know how inefficient the government you can be.

Socialism: a political theory advocating state ownership of industry

Communism: a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership

Communist Party: a political party that actively advocates a communist form of government; in Communist countries it is the sole political party of the state

Keynesian Economics: a economic policy that theorizes that firm decisions sometimes lead to inefficient macroeconomic outcomes, such as skyrocketing prices or acute recessions. For that reason, it recommends that the public sector create policy or take action to stabilize the situation.

Social Justice: A redistribution of advantages, assets, and benefits among all members of a society.

Fascism: A social and political ideology with the primary guiding principle that the state or nation is the highest priority, rather than personal or individual freedoms.

This is like how the political and dictionary definitions of liberal not being anything similar to each other. The dictionary definition and the real world definition of Communism bear no resemblance to each other.

I look at this like a number line. At 0, we have no gov’t interference in anything. At 100 we have total gov’t control of everything. Communism, as we’ve known it, is maybe 85. Socialism maybe 70. USA currently at 40.

USA should be more like 20.

You are missing something. You’re missing the difference between ideology and historical precedent. You are correct in your assessment of communism, socialism and totalitarianism as completely separate ideologies. However, the only ‘communist’ countries that have existed to date have mixed the three. All historical precedents are conglomerates of the three distinct ideologies.

On the other hand, Conservatives don’t like complexity. They simplify everything into short digestible chunks … so they can be announced by Fox News announcers. They aren’t the brightest bunch in case you haven’t noticed.


The most important thing to know that even if a strong central government starts out right it is still just waiting for a tyrant to use the power against it’s citizens. History proves this if you would take the time to read it.

Perhaps you need to study actual Communist countries. You are missing quite a bit here.
And, yes I studied the different govts when I was at University.

You know nothing. You heard this talking point from someone else and you’re repeating it because you think it makes you sound intelligent. It doesn’t. This is one of the most overused talking points nowadays.

some may, some may not.

why yes…I do remember that from high school…

…why? are you actually trying to say that you’re opposed to blanket generalizations with this….um….blanket generalization?

They haven’t gone to school or taken anything but a fluff major if they have. Economics one o one and history teachers you that.

They have obviously never heard of the term ‘facists’ either.

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