All socialism means is the government takes over certain things in our society, like schools, military, and hospitals. You know, things that shouldn't be run for profit! Too many people here in America have this impression that the free market is perfect and best left alone. The brainwashing they receive from groups like the Tea Party that strongly imply that if you need the government to help you, then you aren't having a tough time finding a job or getting health care, you are just lazy. True socialism brings equality to (mostly) everyone, but leaves very little room for personal advancement.