So I chimed in on a tweet by Matthew Merkovich the other day where this piece of Hollywood trash where he and his twitter friends where posting and agreeing on a meme "if you can't define socialism, you don't get to bitch about it." I of course, hating all things socialist, simply wrote "Socialism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private wealth." To which Mr. Hollywood responded with "Ah perfect. F-. You are excused from the conversation." Now normally I would just laugh at his stupidity, rigidity, and overall ignorance, but I decided to go all Taylor Swift on him here. So let us review what we know.
We know that socialism is the antithesis of individualism. Individualism seeks the personal liberty, freedom, and happiness of individuals to which the ends will be in the good of the public welfare. It requires the acceptance of the ideas like hard work, the importance of family, and the notion of exceptionalism. Socialism regards the whole of society as one inseparable organic structure that will secure for everyone a common level of well-being on an economic, social, and political stage. Socialism requires a system of social control over private property and a distribution of income to put it into practice. Contrary to popular belief, socialism does not necessitate the abolition of private property so long as property, like income, it distributed in a "moral" way. Socialism then can be summed up as a federation or community ownership and control, of the common means and instruments of creating and distributing wealth.
This is just the most basic of basic ideas behind the idea of the social society which has been around for many hundreds of years long and did not start with Marx as many would believe. Social societies are based upon religious communes and have only ever had a moderate success when based in a religious morality, but I regress. Back to tweeting and the 140 characters of death. I will say again.
Socialism may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private wealth.