Communism, though recently associated with corrupt totalitarian states such as China
and The Soviet Union
is one of the natural states of human existance, the idea of living in a self-sustaining group that cares for its members, like they did in the Paleolithic
(Old Stone Age), which is increasingly hard in the modern world. Most families live in A SORT of communism, as parents USUALLY don't make the kids work for what they eat.
Many societies, such as the Shakers
, the Incas
, the Essines
, and many Early Christian
groups, have practiced forms of communism.
But Communism with Das Kapital
C didn't come about until the mid 1800s
when Karl Marx
wrote the Communist Manifesto
, which stated that Society was always going through transitions (the last two being Feudalism
, and Capitalism
), and that now was the time for a transition into a Socialist
economy, which would lead to a classless society, which he called "Communism". Marx recognised the effectiveness of Capitalism, but saw that it was only another step in this chain.
One of the most contraversial points about Modern Communism
is that it is vocally Athiest
, as Marx had said "Religion
is the Opium
of The People." This is because Marx's father was forced to convert from Judaism
in order to get a job in a largely anti-semitic
country. Because of this, the young Marx decided that religion was fleeting, and was a tool of the opressor to bind the people. Despite this, many religious-based communistic societies have existed.
In the early 1900s, in Russia
, long after marx's death, the Tsar Alexander II
had declared war on Japan
. Russia, after a devistating defeat in the Russo-Japanese War
, and heavy losses in World War I
, the people were ready for a new government. Many looked to Marxism
. These were lead by intellectuals such as Vladamir Ulyanov "Lenin
", and Leon Trotsky
. They called themselves the Bolsheviks
, and pelieved that the Proletariat
, The workers, must triumph in an armed revolution
. In 1917, the Tsar was deposed, and followed by a capitalistic Provisional Government
. This didn't cut it for the Bolsheviks
, and the Bolsheviks soon gained control of Russia.
At first, the new Soviet Union
seemed like a genuine Marxist
state, but soon an upstart named Josef "Stalin
" "The Man of Steel", began his deadly regime, which effectively ended the idea of a just Communist state.
the same thing was played out all over the world in places like China
, and Cuba
. Corrupt dictators hijacked Communistic ideals and used them for their own personal good.
So thus the great notions of Communism will forever be tainted by the terror of corrupt dictators.
Communism: As long as people will strive to rule over others, there will be no true communist state. -me
A utopian idea for common wealth which relies on an idealized society. In practice it succumbs to corruption and promotes oligarchy. When it fails, capitalism inevitably takes over providing a more practical and efficient allocation of resources.
Communism => Capitalism
An ideology based essentially on the idea expounded by Karl Marx
, that in an ideal society everyone would receive what they needed and would produce according to their capacity. From this idea was elaborated a doctrine
whereby a Socialist
state would be established that would in time subsume the economic
structure of society
into itself. At this point the State itself would wither and the new ideal Communist society would emerge. It's surely a beautiful idea on paper, and may even work with small tribal
bands ... but just try to apply it to a society made of millions of us naked apes
and see what happens.
Marx incidentally suggested that agrarian
societies would be more likely to develop in time along such lines; the adoption of Communist doctrine by industrial societies like Lenin
may arguably be in itself a perversion of Marx's idea.
Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man. Communism is the exact reverse. - John Gardner
Any man who is not a Communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a Communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool. - George Bernard Shaw
Communism: right idea, wrong species. - Jermaine Evans
The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both intelligent and sincere. - George Orwell
A Communist is like a crocodile - when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up. - Winston Churchill
Communism is a form of governmant based on socialist principles. Karl Marx and his associate created the economic system of socialism in which wealth would be redistributed. It was Lenin and Stalin who adapted socialism into the goverment. The motto, more or less, of Communism is "Each gives according to his talents and recieves according to his needs." Until now there has not been a truly communist society, partly because the founders have been power-hungry and in part because humanity has, on the whole, not yet reached a socially acceptable level.
Communism is the ideal social existance. Once achieved, humanity will be fre from the tyranny of currency and work in order to ensure growth, prosperity and future survival.
1. A mid-19th century fairy-tale by author Karl Marx that builds on the earlier fairy-tale of Socialism, and describes a society in which industries are motivated as effectively by the mystical concept entitled the "public good" as they are in the real world by the evolutionary principle of personal gain with no oversight to define the "public good" and no need for merits or reprimands.
2. An extreme form of collectivism in which everything is produced and distributed collectively and no attention is given to the need to decide what should be produced and in what quantities in any effective way, much less to the need to motivate anyone to actually produce it.
None. Communism does not exist. It is impossible. There are no historical examples. "Communist" countries like the USSR and China operate a system of brutal totalitarian Socialism, and openly admit that they "operate a Socialist system that will according to them eventually evolve into Communism". Communes and co-operatives that work within larger systems are NOT examples - these are private companies that are owned by their employees. They have a larger market to respond to in order to know what to produce, are profit-based, and have a system for firing free-loaders.
Communism is an idea that Marx and Engles came up with. In theory, its a direct, true democracy. But when it is applied to human life, it doesnt work.
The main idea in communism is-- "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs". What that means is, every citizen works however much they can honestly work, and they get paid according to how much money they need in order to live. This means that the system works on honesty- the govenrment expects you to be honest on how much you can really work, and they pay you according to how much money you need.
This concept doesnt work. it doersnt work because there is no motivation for the people to work. In communism, if you could honestly work your ass off, and you do work your ass off, you will still get paid the same salary as if you didnt work your ass off. So this means that you can work really hard, or work very little, and still get paid the same salary. So people basically have no motivation to work hard. When people work hard, the country produces money. When people do nothing, the country suffers financially.
On the contrary, in a capitalist society, the harder you work- the more you get paid. If you work very hard at a sophisticated job, you earn alot of money. Whereas if you work a crappy job that requires very little work, you will not earn so much money. So this is where the motivation comes from. In capitalism, the harder you work- the more you get paid. And in communism, nomatter how har...
a country that has no freedom's and no one can own property.
the soviet union north Korea and china are communist and believe in communism.
An economic system that works in theory but not in the real world.
communism would be good for society if all people weren't naturally selfish.