The difference is that Ronald Reagan was a U.S. president, and Mort Sahl is a Canadian-born comedian.
When you look at some of the more recent U.S. presidents, that doesn't say a hell of a lot
To be honest, this thread will probably never have a proper discussion, because as NBP said, there are too many pricks like me who are very passionate about this topic, and many idiots that are too conservative about the topic, as to not tread on any ones toes. Might as well give it a go though.
To be honest, I think there are three main perspectives on this. Supportive of communism, not really caring, and been American.
In Europe, no one gives a sh*t to be frank, I would be happy living in communism, but I'm not about to go out and join a protest trying to behead the prime minister.
Americans have always had the perspective that Communism is evil and that they must oppose it. The funny thing is that 99% of people don't actually understand communism, least of all the Americans who think they have to go to war with any country that considers it.
So to make my point, I think in a perfect world we would live in Communism/Socialism, what ever you wish to call it, and it would be a sort of Utopia if you like. A place where money and currency do not exist, every one would just work to help each other and live a happy life making ends meet. That is not going to happen unless one major continent becomes extinct, and the rest exterminate the Neanderthals living within our society.
Socialism in my view, is when people live and work for the community in an extremely social environment, in which your goal in life is to not be a greedy piece of sh*t living in new york generating as much cash that you don't need as possible, but you actually live trying to help other people and serve other people whilst still living a content and happy life yourself.