I don't think the average American knows what socialism is. It's just the bad buzzword today like communism was in the past. It reminds me of a video where some guy was asking about the ACA vs Obamacare and people hated Obamacare but didn't mind the ACA without realizing that they were the same thing. "Obamacare" is another "bad" buzzword.
Socialism on a base level is fundamental to any society. The very existence of a government who is socialistic. The real debate is what degree of socialism is necessary. To get rid of socialism completely, we would have to revert to pee-historic times where it was truly every man for himself
"Dr. Tenma, according to you, lives are equal. That's why I live today. But you must have realised it by now...the only thing people are equal in is death"---Johann Liebert (MONSTER)
"WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives"---Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler