Originally Posted by LabelKing
Yes, I am aware of that distinction. Some of the Scandinavian nations are Socialist.
To dissect the sentence, I meant that Communism as a government condoned body politic is absurd in the sense that it isn't true to its original intent and ideology.
Chile has just elected a female socialist "president." Their government could now be considered socialist again.
Socialism is on the rise again throughout much of Latin America. The USA's influence and reputation in Latin America has been extraordinarily negative since Kissinger's era, and it is doubtful that will change anytime soon. It is an outright hatred of US politics and capitalism (and the carnage that it created) that has led to a recent surge in pro-socialist (and anti-US) politics in Latin America.
It's worth noting that the Latin American history of socialism differs quite strongly from that of the USSR and China. Most Americans are unaware of the history of socialism in Latin America however. And it is rarely, if ever, mentioned as an example of modern socialism in practice.
Also, you forgot to mention that most of western Europe was led by socialist ideals, and socialist governments, throughout much of the latter half of the 20th Century. It's interesting to note that when discussing historical examples of socialism, countries such as England, France and Denmark (for example) are rarely discussed. This is hardly a balanced, or even educated, view of modern socialism.