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"Only in a socialist system are the interests of the individual, the state and the collective at one."

Socialism is an ideology used to represent the broad range of ideologies that fall under the umbrella term of "Socialism". In the classical sense, socialism describes worker-owned means of production combined with egalitarianism, heavily supporting worker co-ops, self-management, economic planning, and/or workplace democracy depending on the variant. The modern definition of the word socialism, popularized by European Social Democrats, and the Democratic Socialists of America, is "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods." Socialism in the modern age advocates workers' self-management, high taxation on the wealthy and/or nationalization over key parts of industry. Socialism is always economically left, and culturally neutral however has found itself becoming synonymous with progressivism mostly in the west at the most recent times. But you do get ideologies like Conservative Socialism and more extreme ones like Strasserism and National Bolshevism, that combine Socialist economics, with conservative cultural preservation, due to their shared Populist standpoint.


Socialism as a political movement is rooted in the French Revolution and Jacobinism, although notable proto-socialist figures and movements existed before this. The first socialist thinkers were social critics and philosophers of the 19th century from Western Europe. These socialist thinkers followed what would later be dubbed, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Utopian Socialism, due to their lack of materialist analysis and bourgeois nature. Among these thinkers were Charles Fourier, Henri de Saint-Simon, and Robert Owen. Despite all these thinkers being considered Utopian Socialists, their philosophies differed greatly in many ways, with Owen's ideology resembling Socialism in the modern sense more so than the other two.

Robert Owen would go on to develop several socialist communes and villages, being the first to attempt to actualize a socialist society, though these projects were often on a small scale and subject to much criticism.

In France, during the first half of the 19th century, socialist philosophers and politicians continued to popularize socialism. It is in France during this time that many socialists started to reject the gradualism and utilization of utopian communes of the older Utopian Socialists. The term "socialism" was first used in a French Utopian Socialist newspaper. There also emerged a Christian Socialist movement in France led by Philippe Buchez. Moreover, during this time, French socialist literature, which would prove to be highly consequential, was being published, most notably What Is Property? by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

In the 19th century, Anarchism as a movement arose and was incorporated into the socialist movement. This is seen with thinkers such as the aforementioned Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, whose socialistic anarchism was market-oriented, as well as with more communistic anarchists, like the Russian Mikhail Bakunin, who sought a collectivist anarchist society which would utilize labor vouchers, as well as the prominent anarchist communist Peter Kropotkin, who sought a completely communistic society, devoid of any form of currency whatsoever. Anarchism when combined with socialist principles would later come to be known as Social Anarchism.

Marxism, which arose from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, became the most influential socialist philosophy in history. Marx and Engels ideas on philosophy, political economy, sociology and history were influenced primarily by George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, classical economists such as Adam Smith and David Ricardo, the earlier utopian socialists, and socialist ideals which arose in revolutionary France. Marx and Engels devised a materialist philosophy of history known as historical materialism and called their form of socialism "scientific socialism" in contrast with utopian socialism. Marxism differed from Utopian Socialism in that it viewed history as a series of class struggles, and saw moving towards socialism within capitalism as futile, instead advocating for revolution.


Revolutionary Socialism

Revolutionary Socialism is a political philosophy, doctrine, and tradition within socialism that stresses the idea that a social revolution is necessary to bring about structural changes in society. More specifically, it is the view that revolution is a necessary precondition for transitioning from a capitalist to a socialist mode of production. Revolution is not necessarily defined as a violent insurrection; it is defined as a seizure of political power by mass movements of the working class so that the state is directly controlled or abolished by the working class as opposed to the capitalist class and its interests. It encompasses many movements, such as movements based on orthodox Marxist theory such as De Leonism, impossibilism and Spartacism, as well as movements based on Leninism and the theory of vanguardist-led revolution such as Maoism, Marxism–Leninism and Trotskyism. Revolutionary socialism also includes other Marxist, Marxist-inspired and non-Marxist movements such as those found in democratic socialism, revolutionary syndicalism, anarchism and social democracy.

Revolutionary socialism is contrasted with reformist socialism, especially the reformist wing of social democracy and other evolutionary approaches to socialism and is opposed to social movements that seek to gradually ameliorate capitalism's economic and social problems through political reform.

Lumpenproletariat Socialism

Lumpenproletariat Socialism is socialism from below, an oppressed or dangerous underclass as described by Marx & Engels in the Communist manifesto. The lumpenproletariat is defined by an inability of class concisciousness or mass organisation required for a socialism revolution this means that lumpenproletariat socialism is a form of Utopian Socialism and will not make large scale transformations in society. Marx believed that this made them especially dangerous as they could cause the extreme level of violence expected in a revolution but without any of the emancipation that a revolution should accomplish. It comes in several different forms due to the vagueness of Marx's definition of lumpenproletariat, it could include serfs/peasants, minority groups, criminals, prostitutes, immigrants, luddites and the chronically unemployed. Basically the people that are most victimised by capitalism or feudalism to the point where they lose total control of themselves.

Criminal Socialism

Criminal Socialism is the most literal interpretation of Lumpenproletariat socialism as it is completely devoid of a class concsciousness as well as being the socialist boogeyman of the capitalists as it literally steals from the productive to give to the lazy, talentless, murderers and extorters which is what capitalist ideologies believe all socialism is. It can be seen with some gangs as they might often make critiques of capitalist society that keeps people down and oppressed as an dispensable underclass. To a degree this could encompass prostitutes and cooperative/unionised brothels too although that is not inherently criminal despite the extremely little agency many prostitutes have over their job and future.

Peasant Socialism

Peasant Socialism is what is achieved in the rare case of a successful peasant revolt it is often a primitive form of socialism with the sharing of all goods in a theocratic realm such as the Münster rebellion. It does not necessarily abolish kings as the rebel Wat Tyler in the 1381 English revolt flew the banner of House Normandie as he marched on London town. However Marx and Engels did not believe that peasants were such a dangerous class because they could become capable of class consciousness to organise into a proper socialist revolution as Mao and Lenin claimed to accomplish in their respective countries. This can also be seen in Thomas More's Utopia which has a rigid and still hierarchal society however everything is shared in common and society is engineered to benefit the most rather than the few.

Minority Socialism

Minority Socialism is when oppressed minority groups such as Afro-Americans organise and revolt against the state to escape oppression. However as this is not a class-based revolution it fails to create a truly socialist state, either by not drawing enough support to topple the state from their own communities or due to the alienation of the racial majority working class. An example of this is the African National Congress (ANC) which declared itself socialist and in many respects was revolutionary under the Apartheid system in place from 1948 to the 1990s. However despite coming to power in 1994 the ANC did not implement socialism by any stretch of imagination and after now 30 years of ANC rule South Africa is still extremely segregated as racial politics do not lead to emancipation from capital.

Sweatshop Socialism

Sweatshop Socialism as a term refers to the millions of oppressed workers worldwide who attempt socialism and revolt against capital however due to the unskilled nature of their job, lack of unions, no worker protections and entirely insufficient welfare systems their employers (whether it be a private or public entity) can fire them and immedietely replace them with more dependent workers thus these workers are trapped in a system of dependency, unable to fight back without losing their job. The lack of security and organisational powers prevents them from forming together as a united class as no one has the resources to use to organise or fight back while the capitalist knows that there is always those that need jobs due to; the lack of welfare, unions and workplace regulations so has no reason to ever negotiate with sweatshop workers in good faith. This means that sweatshop workers revolting for socialism is inherently Utopian Socialism because it will never be as a class revolt but rather of a small group of the brave and/or most oppressed workers.

Feudal Socialism

Feudal Socialism is what occurs to the landed aristocracy after capitalism takes root in a country and gradually usurps power away from the gentry and gives it to the bourgeoise. The aristocrats notice this happening of course so they attempt to stop capitalism from growing through protective trade laws, beneficial tax laws and opposing democratic reforms. However when these fail to stop capitalism from supplanting aristocrats many turn to a new solution of masking as the workers' champions who stand up to the exploitative capitalists, many claim that under feudalism serfs were well-off due to their Lords' honour and noble hearts. While forgetting all the oppression that they made workers endure for millennia. The two most succesful forms of feudal socialism are Metternich as he ruled over Europe from the end of the Napoleonic wars to the European Spring. The second is Young England in the UK who managed to get their president, at a time, Benjamin Disraeli elected Prime Minister who then created one-nation conservatism which has remained a force in British politics to the modern day.

Clerical Socialism

Clerical Socialism is similar to feudal socialism in many ways as the church gradually loses its influence and power with the rise of capitalism so it weaponised religious texts, which often condemn greed; private property, selfishness and inequality. However once again forgetting its own historic oppression of the working classes to save their own power, due to the shrunken influence of the church this ideology has never had much success so even Marx lumps them into the Feudal Socialism category in the Communist Manifesto.

Bourgeois Socialism

Bourgeois Socialism or Conservative Socialism was a term used by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in various pieces, including in The Communist Manifesto. Conservative socialism was used as a rebuke by Marx for certain strains of socialism, but it has also been used by proponents of such a system. Bourgeois socialists are described as those that advocate for preserving the existing society using various means to only eliminate perceived evils of the system. Conservative socialism and right wing socialism are also used as a descriptor, and in some cases as a pejorative, by free-market conservative and right-libertarian movements and politicians to describe more economically interventionist strands of conservatism. The Marxist view is such that the bourgeois socialist is the sustainer of the current state of bourgeois class relations. In the Principles of Communism Engels describes them as "so-called socialists" who only seek to remove the evils inherent in capitalist society while maintaining the existing society often relying on methods such as welfare systems and grandiose claims of social reform.  Opinions vary as to whether if bourgeois socialist is actively protecting or intentionally excusing the current order, but the common thread is that they are in objective fact preserving it. Rather than abolishing class divisions, they wish to simply raise everyone up to be a member of the bourgeoisie to allow everyone the ability to endlessly accumulate capital without a working class. In The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels use philanthropists, monks ("temperance fanatics") and reformers as examples of this type of socialist that they saw as opposed to their own aims. In expressing its views on the subject, Marx explicitly referenced Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's The Philosophy of Poverty, stating the following about bourgeois socialism:

The Socialistic bourgeois want all the advantages of modern social conditions without the struggles and dangers necessarily resulting therefrom.

Petty-Bourgeoise Socialism

Petty-Bourgeoise Socialism is an attempt by the petite bourgeoise to prevent their complete destruction from the revolutionary proletariat in their socialism or by the bourgeoise in their capitalism as it is a class that would be destroyed by both systems. This means that the petite bourgeoise want what is essentially a flash freeze on capitalism in order to stop further instability and concentration of wealth while also stopping further agitation of the working class to prevent revolution. This class also forgets the exploitative nature of guild masters to tradesmen in the middle ages in addition to the exploitative merchants and burgesses while romaticising the stability that their system brought. What makes someone petite bourgeoise is when they are in such a position that socialism and capitalism, as imagined by their followers, would destroy them or when a working person betrays their class in order to side with the bourgeoise because of their aspirations to become one of the bourgeoise in the future. It is for these reasons that the petite bourgeoise is associated with fascism as only with extreme state control could the bourgeoise be prevented from further agitating the proletariat, this means that petty-bourgeoise socialism could be seen as a modern variant of feudal socialism.


An artwork portraying a revolutionary holding a rifle with a red flag on it.

Soc is usually portrayed as a stereotypical industrial-era unionized worker who really loves striking against his boss and usually will follow the personality traits of the various types of socialism portrayed.

How to Draw

Socialism's design is a unicolor of red, associated with Socialism, and a white hammer in the middle symbolizing labor. This is essentially a distinctive form of "The Red Flag".

Flag of Socialism
  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Color the ball red
  3. Add a white hammer in the center.
  4. Draw eyes on the ball.

And you're done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Red #FF0000 255, 0, 0
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255




  • Yellow Socialism - Workers can work with businesses to advance socialism.
  • Anarcho-Egoism - You raise some valid points against capitalism, but then you complain about some of us being "dogmatic".
  • Liberal Socialism - Your heart is in the right place, but in practice you’re basically social democrats, and I don’t think liberalism is compatible with the proletarian movement.
  • Agrarian Socialism - Redistributing land to the peasants is nice and all, but industrial workers are the key to my economic system, as they make up the majority of workers in most countries.
  • Communalism - This isn’t socialism… but I appreciate you taking the idea of cooperation further.
  • Welfarism - People think I'm you because you care much for the poor, but you exist within a capitalist society. Go ahead and embrace socialism.
  • Distributism - So close to perfection. Just drop the whole private property thing and we're good.
  • Longism - Same as above.
  • Left-Wing Nationalism - You often have good stances on things like imperialism and the means of production but some of you are too moderate, xenophobic and not socialist at all.
  • Social Democracy - We have a complicated relationship. He thinks it's better to reform capitalism than to get rid of it, and nowadays a lot of people, especially in the US, think he's me even though we're not the same. But I can't blame them for that. After all, we both want social justice...
  • Nordic Model - Same as above. Olof Palme was based though.
  • Marxism-Leninism - Another complicated relationship. With the opposite problem of the guy above who thinks a single vanguard party can industrialise the country and world while providing the conditions for worker ownership to be realised despite the bureaucracy that always derails him. But I can't blame him for that considering how much communists and socialists are despised and kept out of power through nefarious means.
  • Social Authoritarianism - Same as socdem, but more authoritative.
  • Globalism - I don't like the unregulated international trade thing, but I like when you help the third world and I also like Socialist Internationalism and Alter-Globalism.
  • National Bolshevism - My crazy Nazi descendant.
  • Strasserism - Don't know about the anti-semitism. But at least you're better than him.
  • Maoism - I really love you but cool it down with that Cultural Revolution.
  • Ho Chi Minh Thought - Vietnam was based, but the Doi Moi reforms afterward kinda reminds me of him.
  • Juche - Wait, how are we even related?
  • Capitalist Communism - My weird child. I knew I shouldn't have invited him to my party.
  • Kemalism - We never forget Kadroist comrades.
  • Tridemism - We never forget Dr. Sun Yat-sen and Left KMT comrades. It's a shame that the modern-day KMT is full of capitalists.
  • Labour Zionism - We never forget Ben Gurion and the Kibbutz communes.
  • Ba'athism and Gaddafism - His more radical children. However, the Assad family and Gaddafi himself went down the path towards capitalism by the end of the Cold War...
  • Pancasila - We never forget Bung Karno. Shame that that bastard Suharto ruined it all.
  • Chavismo - I like what you're doing in Venezuela, but you still had failures here and there, and that gave me a really bad reputation, especially in America.
  • Neosocialism - "For though they offer us concessions, change will not come from above!" --- Part of 'The Internationale'.
  • Republicanism - Most of my variants and offspring support you but you can also be quite liberal at times.
  • Progressivism - Most of my variants support at least most of you, and we both love equality. But we have also had fairly large bouts too.... and also, stop hanging out with the liberals, please...
  • Georgism - I guess you are okay but your like for free trade and capitalism is concerning but at-least you reject unfair private ownership of land.
  • Dengism - What is this? Deng, you are a dirty red capitalist. Also why is there such a high-income gap!? But it is still fun to use you to trigger capitalists in the west.


  • Liberalism - Yes, liberty, equality and fraternity, but still, YOU STILL SERVE AS THE MINDSET OF THE CAPITALISTS!
  • Social Liberalism - Better than the above BUT STILL.
  • Classical Liberalism - I remember our good 'ol rivalries, good times.
  • American Model - No history of social democracy, promotion of extreme privatization, and generally a long history of anti-socialism? Your country is my worst nightmare.
  • Social Capitalism - Same as soclib, but even more capitalist.
  • State Capitalism - GIVE ME A GODDAMN... wait, you again? I can't believe some people mistake you for me or him, do we look that much alike?!
  • Fascism - Fuck off, traitor and oppressive pig. Lassalle on steroids.
  • National "Socialism" - Socialist or not, I STILL HATE YOU!
  • Anarcho-Capitalism - FUCK OFF!!! YOU'RE NOT EVEN AN ANARCHIST!!!
  • Chiangism - WHY THE HELL DID YOU HAVE TO MURDER LEFT KUOMINTANG MEMBERS??? What do you mean, you're a Socialist?
  • Pol Potism - The black sheep of the family. You literally made people scare and despise me! You disgust me and bring shame upon our family!
  • Neoliberalism - Oh so I'M the one who hates the poor? You think that the British colonizing India was good. I'll see myself out on this one.
  • Plutocracy - EAT THE RICH!
    • - WHAT? You want to eat me?
    • - NO, I don't. "Eat the rich" is just an anti-capitalist slogan anyway and I don't want to literally eat you!
  • Corporatocracy - My worst nightmare…
  • Libertarianism - Socialism is neither "when welfare" nor "when the government", you schizo! You also stole his name!
  • Authoritarian Capitalism - Proof that liberal “democracies” are nothing more than dictatorships controlled by capitalists.
  • Thatcherism - Ding dong the witch is dead!
  • Eco-Capitalism - “Eco-Friendly Capitalism.” What an actual joke.
  • Neoconservatism - You dare to call me an oppressor while you overthrow democratically elected socialists and install capitalist tyrants around the world.
  • Zionism - I don't care if your founder was a socialist! Free Palestine!
  • National Syndicalism - Proletariat reactionary!
  • Reactionary Socialism - You may call yourself a socialist, but like NatSynd, you’re a reactionary who preys on the proletariat’s worst fears about the current state of capitalist society.
  • Fourth Theory - Same as above. Also, stop supporting that capitalist tyrant Putin. He is not helpful in bringing about a socialist world order.

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  1. Even though most people would today associate socialism with equality, that is only true of a few variants. The main concept to focus on is actually cooperation.