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What’s the Difference? Socialist/Socialite

June 21, 2011

A “socialist” is an adherent of the socioeconomic ideals of socialism.


A “socialite” is a privileged partier, famous for being rich and famous.


    Core Beliefs

Socialists want to see a more-equitable world, in which available resources are distributed amongst a larger number of people. Socialism may be viewed as an intermediate step between Capitalism and Marxism.

Socialites are born into a small elite, within which wealth, influence and power have been concentrated for generations. Distribution of the world’s resources, when the issue comes to mind, is working just fine for socialites; having the lion’s share is simply the natural order of things.

    What they do all day

Both socialites and socialists are known for their charitable works.

Socialists are more often found in the front lines of volunteerism, devoting their time, skills and compassion to “those less fortunate.” They staff soup kitchens, coach children, attend committee meetings and campaign door-to-door for social justice causes.

Socialites may lend their name or image to a cause, or establish a “foundation” to which others may contribute. They appear in Public Service Announcements, introduce musicians at benefit concerts, and give speeches at fundraising galas. Aside from photo ops, socialites seldom meet the people these causes are said to benefit.

    Natural Habitat

Despite membership in the “jet set,” the world of the socialite is narrow. Their attention is focussed on maintaining their social standing among other socialites. They read the same magazines, vacation at the same resorts, and get trashed at the same clubs, as their circle of friends. Parochial narcissists, fiercely frightened of change and new ideas, socialites never stray from their insular group of friends and family.

Socialism crosses many spheres, primarily politics, philosophy and economics; socialists tend to be similarly wide-ranging. With broad appetites, a dedication to being well-informed, and determinedly open-minded, socialists seek out new ideas and new people to debate those ideas with.

The main differences between socialist/socialite:

  • Socialists wear more clothing than socialites, and don’t mind being seen in brown corduroy.
  • Anyone can become a socialist, but a miniscule number of people on the planet can lay claim to the title “socialite.”
  • If you live in the U.S., it’s OK to speak openly and often about socialites, but don’t you dare say you are a socialist.
  • To be a socialist requires some measure of competence, dedication and ability. Being a socialite is a lot like being a member of the British Monarchy. Having been born is the only skill necessary.
  • Socialists can sing, especially if it’s a real rebel-rousing tune like “Solidarity Forever” or “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Socialites can’t carry a tune in a bucket (but they can vomit into one).


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