The legacy of bolshevism has made life difficult for ‘socialists’. And the attempts to coopt the terms for social democratic content doesn’t help either.
We have redefined terms and made them clear and explicit, e.g. ‘democratic market neo-communism’.
A silly but common talking point on the far right is that if Sen. Bernie Sanders and his political protégé, Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, like socialism so much, they should spend time in Venezuela—a country that has been plagued by everything from food shortages to hyperinflation to appalling crime rates.