People say some stupid shit on the internet.
I realize I’m not necessarily exempt from that but when I read a comment from someone saying “socialists are nothing like communists, just because the word sounds the same doesn’t mean they are” I can’t help but cringe. No, they’re not the same, but here’s the thing. They’re very closely related, and it has nothing to do with their phonetic similarities; it’s silly to imply they’re not.
Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. // (in Marxist theory) a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.
Essentially, socialism is a middle ground between capitalism and communism. So if you’re a socialist in a capitalist society (or at least one that aspires to capitalism), it’s not unreasonable for someone to call you a communist. It’s not hard to figure out why they would. When you’re living in a capitalist society, socialist moves in legislation and policies are moves toward communism.
Do I really need to say more? I mean hell, the definition pretty much speaks for itself.