Co-worker mentions something that brings up socialism. I mention we're getting closer and closer to it.
She: "But socialism isn't the same as communism."One thing I like to do to these people is this... two questions. The most famous example of Communism so far has been the Soviet Union. What party ran the Soviet Union? And what was the official name of the Soviet Union?
Me: "For all practical purposes, they are. They're based on the same misconceptions. They're both forms of Statism."
She: "Ooooh, pullin' out the fancy words. 'Statism'. Well so is Democracy."
Me: "Socialism and Communism are top-down Statism."
Me: "It's always sold that way, but it's definitely top-down."
She: "I guess I just missed that whole 'Bolshevik Revolution' thing."
Me: "That was because it was sold as bottom up, so the movement was popular. But it never works out that way in the end."
1. The Communist Party
2. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Yeah. They're totally different.