Centralized authority is an anathema to socialism. Also communism.
I'll grant you that every modern political effort has been by tyrants and their fools. That is not socialism, that is tyranny. Big difference.
Socialism + central government has the exact same result as capitalism + central government. Blood, inequality, corruption, violence, and eventually utter upheaval. The key thing to note is that the problem is central government, not socialism.
There are many examples of near-pure socialism in pastoral America. These communities are often characterized by conservatism and religion and would bristle at the thought of socialism. Yet when you look at how they live, it is socialism.
Key point: these instances of actual, functional socialism are characterized by a distinct lack of centralized authority.
Socialism, like liberalism, free-market capitalism, and libertarianism, is merely a another path to anarchy.
Am I a radical? Nuts? Sure. But that doesn't make it any less true.