In school, students learn about New Lanark as an experiment in utopianism. But that’s stupid because it implies that the only utopianism that can possibly exist must be under the hand of a “benevolent dictator” who chooses to be kind to his subjects.
I don’t consider socialism to be a mere redistribution of wealth. For me, that’s just welfare. I think socialism goes deeper than that to the point where the workers of a mill collectively decide how it operates or something along those lines.
True communism is probably similar to the Hakka communes where people engage in collective decision-making within a common self-sustained environment.