lisaparratt is right on and your comment shows so.
I live in Denmark, you know, among one of the first democratic countries in the world (besides the original democracy Greece), and our feet crumble when we see and hear the US talk about human rights, equal rights, and your so called democracy (which is a republic which is not a democracy which many people in and form the US claims).
Socialism the way you talk about it and in general how the US portrais it is so far off that it makes Europeans laugh over the ignorance. Socialism is anything but the facist, stalinistic or nazi regimes you mentione. They are all dictatorships, arisen from failed attempts to implement different types of governments.
One of the best ways to view the success of a country, a regime, is to look at how many of the population is insjail/prison. The US has over 7 million people in jail (that is 716 per 100000 capita).Denmark has 61 per 100000 aka 8% of what the US has.
Socialism, in a capitalistic country like Denmark, is more like the US than you think yet we don't let our people starve in poverty because the rich needs more money. We do take care of each other instead of thinking egoistically about "what can I get" instead of "what do I need" and then make sure to give so everyone has "what I need" which includes free child care, education, healtcare and pension for the elder and care for them as well. All free for the individual. All of this costs hence the tax system which is between 40-60% of your income (depending on your income level) and 25% sales tax etc. like any other country.
It works, it works al ot better than the US system which has for the past few decades just been on a downhill slope dragging the rest of the world into an abyss due to "problems at home" that apparently is "someone elses fault".
So thank you for your 70 year old words of wisdom, which are in some serious need of some updates.