Originally Posted by Tyrion
Most countries, including the US, are socialistic, though. I honestly don't see what the aversion to socialism is: every country in the bloody world has some sort of regulation on their economies, usually to protect the environment, investors, and consumers.
Communistic, not socialistic. Besides, part of the reason for their massive pollution problem is because of their total lack of environmental regulation - a decidedly unsocialistic decision.
Wikipedia - Communism
Communism is a socioeconomic structure that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership of the means of production and property in general. The communist movement has attempted to produce a communist society by setting up political parties, which in some cases have become governments. These attempts have never produced a communist society, and have frequently led to totalitarian states.
Communism is usually considered to be a branch of socialism, a broad group of social and political ideologies, which draws on the various political and intellectual movements with origins in the work of theorists of the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution. Communism attempts to offer an alternative to the problems believed to be inherent with capitalist economies and the legacy of imperialism and nationalism. Communism states that the only way to solve these problems is for the working class, or proletariat, to replace the wealthy bourgeoisie, which is currently the ruling class, in order to establish a peaceful, free society, without classes, or government. The dominant forms of communism, such as Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism and Trotskyism are based on Marxism, but non-Marxist versions of communism (such as Christian communism and anarchist communism) also exist.
Wiki is not the most trusted source for information; however, its a quick and fast guide for answers. Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and L. M. Findlay's book called The Communist Manifesto
may also help. Some people in the United States lock socialism with communism; thus, they have always been interlocked. Socialism may have been adapted by communism; therefore, they became interlinked from adaptation. Some have fused both concepts due to historical events. I wrote a book on symbolism eight years ago, and I explored how imagery was adapted across societies. Socialism became a symbol of communism not intentionally; however, through a series of historical events. Russia, Germany, and China's past for example.