Socialism is a broad term used by social and political movements throughout the world.  Although there are many specific types of political and cultural forms of socialism, there are common themes running through all of them.  The major theme of socialism is the belief the common good far outweighs individual rights.  Moreover, the common good can only be determined by the government through the passing of laws and regulations. In placing the society at large over and above an individual , socialism limits an individual’s human rights and choices.