The difference between a socialist and a communist is that former would love to be the latter...if he could still travel in private jets and drink the best booze and wear the best clothes and live in the best neighborhoods. Socialism is for the people, not the socialist.
The problem is about half this country DOES NOT CARE if congress has 80 communist members just as long as that half of the country continues to get their food stamps, free cell phones, section 8 housing vouchers etc. It's all part of the Cloward-Piven strategy to collapse the system.
Socialism and communism are alike in that both are systems of production for use based on public ownership of the means of production and centralized planning. Socialism grows directly out of capitalism; it is the first form of the new society. Communism is a further development of socialism. Even Marx agreed with that.
Why do progressives/socialists deny this?
But...Communist is such an ugly word... Progressive is much nicer, don’t you think?