By Ian Ziller
Communism and socialism are two different but related philosophies. Although in economics
they share similar ideas, true communism has never existed. Communism is a utopian idea that
there will be no government and that people will simply help one another. Socialism, on the
other hand, is where the government controls the resources and distributes the resources fairly; in
most cases with basic human nature it is not done fairly. However, there are some governments
that claim to be communist like China and the Soviet Union. They, however, are closely linked
to socialism and are not really communist, but actually tend to be authoritarian governments.
We also must consider social democracies in which the government retains capitalism but
the economy is heavily regulated and the government is very much involved in the lives of
people. It is a system in which there are heavy taxes on people but at the same time the
government provides many social services and programs for the people. Complete socialism is
where you eliminate capitalism and have the government in complete control of the economy
and distributing all resources. These are the main differences between communism, socialism,
and social democracy.