Socialism is half a step away from communism.
According to you, Norway, Canada and Israel, to give just a few examples, are only a step removed from communism, since the social services of the first two were clearly inspired by socialism, while the third was in fact created by a socialist party (Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan... according to you, they were all semi-Communists). Not to forget that, in that case, NATO was created by semi-Communists, since both Clement Atlee and his Foreing Secretary Ernst Bevin were hard-core Labour. If only Stalin had known!!
Socialism did work for Countries like the USSR.
I still don't get why some people think the USSR was socialist. Both posters above seem to not be able to tell the difference between socialism and communism. I know both terms are used as almost synonymous by some people, especially in the US, but I've always found that to be a good example of just how parrochial the US is in so many ways. (Another good example is how they use the word "liberal", they seem to think it is somehow related with the left, while in most of the world it is still used in its original meaning, as someone who defends freewheeling capitalism!!).
Wonder if mainstream Americans are ever aware that the Veterans Administration is often mentioned as a clear example of a socialized health care system. Not to speak of most of the US's social network or other highly succesful institutions harking back to New Deal.
I find it hard to respect the intelligence of anybody over 30 who leans to the left.
What really gets to me is how anybody over 30 can fail to grasp that the health care and educational opportunities that countries like the Scandinavian ones or the Netherlands grant their own citizens are pretty close to the best other nations could reasonably hope to get for their own people. Oh, I was forgetting, you think all their hospitals and public schools are a symptom of communism, how clumsy of me.
By the way, the sorry state of the world economy right now makes a very powerful case for the dismal failure of the neoliberal, unbriddled capitalist model, or doesn't it?