Why was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) called that when they were communists?

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Why was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) called that when they were communists?

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The name of country does need to reflect the nature of the country. North Korea is officially called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and I don’t anyone outside of North Korea would call them democratic.

Because they werent technically communist. Communism is an idealized society that a socialist society is trying to achieve.

It’s a common misconception about Soviet Union. The society was not a communist one, neither officially, not factually.

One possible reason for this is that the Communist party was running the entire country.

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Actual communism has never been done. It’s theoretically as pretty great way to live, but human nature gets in the way of it being feasible (hence the multiple failed attempts at communism).

Socialism could be called communism-lite and can actually work – “communist” countries like the USSR would be better described as socialist with communist aims that turned into fairly basic fascism.