Hat-tip to the Western Confucian for this piece from a real socialist explaining what it's all about.
Where Are All The Socialists? Here, There and Everywhere | CommonDreams.org:
Socialism shares one thing in common with religion; there are many denominations and sects and they all claim to hold some higher truth. I don't claim to hold a higher truth. I do have a perspective on socialism, and that is, of course, open to disagreement.
Not all socialists are Marxists or atheists. Norman Thomas, the leader of the party in the 1930s and '40s, was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
Socialists do not believe nationalization of an industry, government buying stocks in banks or the subsides to auto makers makes the country socialist.