In much of the public’s eye, socialism and communism are not a concern. I have talked to many, both in my family, at work, and other places, who have no concern about these. In fact, if these give them what they want or perceive that they need, then they are all in. Not that they consider themselves to have this label themselves, but the “promises and hopes” that socialism or communism give are attractive - even over the loss of personal liberty. Ignorance of history and politics is rampant. Enough time has passed to deaden any concerns about the horrors that these two isms have wrought on the world. They are dead to any reasoning on these things. Some will listen and be influenced, but many are absolutely dead to hearing about concerns.
You are correct. Today’s population associates communism with labor camps related to agriculture or industrial sweat shops ala Russia and China.
As long as jobs, automobiles, public transportation to and from malls, cell phones, stocked grocery stores and TV stations are accessible - people cannot envision deprivation in any form. They believe that should they face adversity - the government has a program to help; unemployment, food stamps, rent subsidies and medicaid.