The immortal line “From each according to their ability, to each according to their need” is arguably the entire basis of Socialist thought in a nutshell. But when applied to today’s modern era, that simple idea immediately becomes far more intricate and complex.
In all of the ways that Capitalism extracts surplus value from the production of the Worker, one of the most devious and manipulative is the imaginary “unskilled labor”. These are the jobs that, supposedly, anyone could fill – custodian, line cook or server/bartender, ditch digger, etc. Jobs that don’t really require any special expertise are dubbed as “unskilled labor”, and these jobs are ridiculously low-paying. There’s a catch, though – there is no such thing as “unskilled labor”.
That's when I discovered Marx. All of a sudden, everything started to come together for me. My previous life, before fatherhood, was one of miserable detachment from anything meaningful and worthwhile, and it was a reinforcement of my White Privilege and a demonstration of Toxic Masculinity (I still have a lot to make up for in those areas). I realized that even my philosophical "enlightenment" of fatherhood was nothing special either - just a softer and more empathetic version of myself embracing Liberalism and feeling good about myself for feeling bad for marginalized people, but still doing nothing to change any of that.
Every opposition of the established Institutions of Capitalist Power is disparagingly labelled Communist, though this name is hardly an insult. The very words "Socialist" and "Communist" find themselves met with anger and fear. That repulsion comes not only from the Capitalist Class, who understand the results of a Communist movement all too well, who have everything to lose. That disgust, strangely enough, also comes from the Working Class, those who the Capitalist exploits, those who have nothing to lose and everything to gain, those who would benefit most - a result of generations of Anti-Communist propaganda which has fostered a complete lack of understanding of the ideas of Socialism and Communism.
The Communist does not seek to deprive a society of the ability to appropriate the products of that society, of Wage-Labor. All that Communism does is to deprive the Bourgeoisie, or those that would aspire to Ruling Class status, of the ability to subject another to the conditions of Bourgeois existence - that is to say the exploitation and appropriation of Labor.