Socialism is the idea of collectivism. Everything is done from a central location so everyone can be equal. It completely takes out free will and individuality.
Communism is the form of government that embodies socialism. It's the forcing of those socialist thoughts on the people.
As kids, we saw it at work. There was an Iron Curtain. On the other side of that "curtain" people lived in fear of their lives unless they obeyed the mandates of their government. If they tried to leave, they were shot. Christians had to live in obscurity. We heard all about it. The people had the jobs their government chose for them. There was no incentive to work harder....everyone made the same amount of money. It was a sad existence for those people. And we always saw it on their faces during the Olympics. We teased that if the Soviets and East Germans didn't win gold, they would be sent to Siberia. But it really wasn't a joke. Their government owned them. And we were sad for them, but happy that we lived in a free nation, the USA.
We got a tiny taste of that during this past Olympics. Our newscasts softened the hard-edge of Communist/Socialist control of China, but it was there and not pretty.
For many years we have seen some of these same ideals creep into our own American government. The government wants to tell you where to go to the doctor, wants to take almost ½ of your income to spend on things you would never agree to. They want to take more money from corporations and job providers and give it to people who don't have as much. And then prices escalate and guess who gets to pay more? You. And me. They have put limits on how much money you can save and then choose where they want to invest your money. They want your money to go to someone who can't pay his own bills. It's pure socialistic thought and process.
Are we really aware? Or are we the frog in the soup pot and don't even know the temperature is getting hot until it's too late?
We still vote people into office to represent us in law and policy making. Do you know who is making those choices for you?