What I mean to ask is, where does the line between someone being a capitalist, and someone being a communist lay? We've had people in our history, presidents and others who were for what could be called "Big Government" yet opposed communism privately and publicly. Where is the dividing line between someone who is big government and someone who is a hardcore Marxist/communist/socialist.
I ask because the words ''socialist'', ''commie'', ''marxist'' are used so freely these days, and I ask because I look for example at the career and policies of, for example, Richard Nixon. Nixon made his career out of attacking communists, for example the famous Alger Hiss case, and was friends and supported McCarthy and HUACC. He was thought of both by those in government and generally as a strong anti-Communist in the vein of McCarthy and as a Cold War hawk, ''Only Nixon could go to China''...Yet as President he imposed wage and price controls, started or at least didn't contest the start up of the EPA, doubled the size of many Great Society programs and in February 1974 introduced a Universal Healthcare plan which would mandate all employers to purchase health insurance, and included a federal program like Medicaid that all could join on a sliding scale because on income. Yet even privately, as can be heard on the Nixon tapes he himself made, he can heard talking against communism while President and how he felt the Hippie/Anti-War movement was communist and being stirred up by the forces of the Soviet Union, and had the FBI investigate many individuals for that exact reason and even bugged many.