Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 7, 2012

Question of the Week #18: Government

Question of the Week #18:

What is the difference between “socialism” and “communism”?


  1. all right i’m off to wikipedia to find that answer

    • Hi Louise, In researching this question in several dictionaries, I was dismayed to find inconsistent definitions–really makes good, detailed discussions difficult. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Technically, under socialism all property and tools of production are owned by the government, and under communism all are owned by the people. The only real examples of communism would be cults, communes and Indian tribes. Like true democracy, it cannot be practically instituted in a large nation.

    • Hi David, This is consistent with the best explanation I found. Socialism was described as a Marxist halfway point between capitalism and communism. In both socialism and communism, no one has property rights. But in communism, wealth has been redistributed and the government has been eliminated. For both, the loss of individual freedom and the potential for corruption are problematic. Cheers, Ashley

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