A title used by members of the political party that is the furthest to the left. A communist believes that the means of production and the fruits of production should be owned and granted to the workers. (Ex. Factory workers producing snow-globes should jointly own the factory and receive all the profit from the snow-globes that are sold, then divided equitably among the workers). The philosophy of communism arose from a man named Karl Marx who lived in the monarchist Germany in the mid-1800s. Europe was home to many unfair societies at the time, where there were a few rich, (the bourgeoisie) and the rest of society were poor, abused, laborers. Karl Marx advocated destroying the rich aristocracy in favor a country filled with only laborers who governed themselves and everybody was equal, socially and financially.
John believes that he and his fellow coal miners should get the foreman fired and proclaim ownership over the mine and should receive all the profits from the coal's sale, and then share it equitably with his fellows. John is a communist.