More and more, todays Americans are living with the same premise used during the Red Scare. This really shouldn’t come as a suprise, as fear of communism has been part of our cultural background for nearly a hundred years. The above meme shows however, how ignorant people are, and what they will believe because they’re simply uneducated.
For one, the most glaring error pictured here is of Hitler. Hitler was not communist, or a socialist. True, the true meaning behind the Nazi party at first (listed as NSDAP) was of a Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler however, never believed in socialism, and had Social Democrats and Communists killed alike in the 1930s. Political prisoners were the first to be sent to concentration camps in the early 1930s.
Secondly, Joseph Stalin, was a staunch Communist Dictator whom like Hitler, purged his own ranks. Though Hitler’s Nazi Party was extreme right, while Communisum is extreme left. The same can be said of Mao, a communist, not a socialist. Both China and the USSR had/have strong Communist government’s, though they’re not true Communist government’s according to Karl Marx. That step has never been achieved.
So what’s the difference? Socialism is an economic system, for the people, but run with less political influence than a Communist nation. The USSR was a Communist country, Communist China started out much like a Communist nation. Yet, unlike the USSR, China moved to a socialist economy. In fact, the United States has socialist programs to benefit the people and complement our economy. Ever hear of Medicare Medicaid or Unemployment? Obamacare is a Socialist program, though one I do not fully support. Political freedoms are allowed in a Socialist nation, they are not in a Communist nation.
The following article does a great job in separating the two. The citizens of this country need to realize socialism can be a good thing if executed properly. Yet, our government is run by big business, meaning they’ll do anything to prevent the populace from forming a more socialist economy, including indoctrination. Makes sense as to why we need to get big business out of our political system doesn’t it?