I understand that in free-market economies that people have the right to private property and own the means of production, while in a communist economy everything is owned by the government. What does the ladder mean, though? Clearly, even if a communist country, people have their own individual houses, belongings, jobs, and an income, right? What, then, does it mean to say the government owns the means of production? Are people unable to make a profit that they keep for themselves? Is it all collected by the government and redistributed? If so, is it evenly redistributed? Or, would the largest producer get more back? Also, if you cannot own something in a communist country, what does that mean? Again, people clearly have their own homes, clothes, belongings, etc. Does money exist and matter the same as in a capitalist, free-market society?