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Socialism vs. Communism

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Main Difference

The main difference between Socialism and Communism is that the Socialism is a system of government where the means of production are socially owned and Communism is a socialist political movement and ideology.

Wikipedia
  • Socialism (noun)

    Any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

  • Socialism (noun)

    A system of social and economic equality in which there is no private property.

  • Socialism (noun)

    The intermediate phase of social development between capitalism and full communism in Marxist theory in which the state has control of the means of production.

  • Socialism (noun)

    A system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.

  • Socialism (noun)

    Any left-wing ideology, government regulations, or policies promoting a welfare state, nationalisation, etc.

  • Communism (noun)

    Any advocating holding the resources collectively.

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  • Communism (noun)

    Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy.

  • Communism (noun)

    The international socialist society where classes, money, and the state no longer exist.

Wiktionary
  • Socialism (noun)

    A theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In popular usage, the term is often employed to indicate any lawless, revolutionary social scheme. See Communism, Fourierism, Saint-Simonianism, forms of socialism.

  • Communism (noun)

    A scheme of equalizing 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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Socialism (noun)

    a political theory advocating state ownership of industry

  • Socialism (noun)

    an economic system based on state ownership of capital

  • Communism (noun)

    a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership

  • Communism (noun)

    a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society

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