What is Pure Socialism?

I admit that at the time of this writing my understanding of socialism was limited. I wrote “pure socialism” intending to mean the system of Mao’s China, the Soviet Union etc. But my understanding from listening to Noam Chomsky, who surely know this better than me, these societies mainly called themselves socialist for propaganda purposes.

Socialism is about workers owning and controlling the means of production, which was not the case in the Soviet Union, which means to my understanding that the absolutely basic requirements for socialism was not fulfilled.

I think there is a need to have more precise vocabulary. How would you characterize the Soviet System? What is the correct label?

I will try to update this article but I need better understanding of socialism and alternatives systems first.

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