The word “socialism” has been used by all sorts of people to mean all sorts of things. Like “democracy”.
That’s really because (like democracy) socialism is such a good idea that all sorts of political tricksters and frauds have wanted to lay claim to it.
William Morris was famous as a designer, but also an active socialist. Over 130 years ago, at the time when socialism was first becoming a stable and organised movement, he summed up how he understood it.
“What I mean by socialism is a condition of society in which there should be neither rich nor poor, neither master nor servant, neither