Nulli (a fellow UCLA Political Science degree holder), in a different thread, challenged me to start a series of Political Theory Threads, so of course I said "game on." To make it easily accessible, I am going to through up an easy one:
Was the Soviet Union Communist or Socialist?
As a starting point, it is generally accepted that 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 and as Marx postulated, Communism is a further development or "higher stage" of Socialism.
What exactly do you think that the Soviets achieved, if anything?