This is a long read, but it’s excellent and worth the time investment if you take politics seriously.
For example, socialism does NOT ban private property.
I now feel like I actually have some understanding of what socialism and communism are, which I did not have before.
I recently asked a friend whether he is a socialist and he replied he wasn’t sure, but he was sure that socialism would work better than whatever economic system we currently have. I agree. And I am definitely a social democrat. The US needs strong free markets, but it also needs strong government, to keep those markets serving the people, rather than the people serving the ultra-rich. Democracy, rather than markets, should be in charge of the US.
Government also needs to provide services, such as universal education and healthcare, that the free market does not seem to be able to provide.
Also, by the way, the universe of “Star Trek” is absolutely a socialist vision. No question about it. It verges on Communism.