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 in America, the Incas in Peru, the Essines in Israel, 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 to Christianity 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
by El_Haggis September 09, 2006
A theoretical economic state where all wealth is divided between the population.
Communism > Capitalism
by bc innit October 28, 2002
A form of socialism; it is the final phase of revolutionary change in an industrialized country, where workers rebel and inevitably install a socialist government.
Many countries have undertaken the doctrine of Karl Marx's theory of communism, but those countries took long enough to realize that communism just simply doesn't work. Communism is actually not very people-based, and one important thing to mention is that communist nations are run by dictators and only dictators.

America and communism don't mix because America's founding principles are based on individual freedom, privacy, and other non-intrusive elements that socialism contrasts. And communist nations have a history of being run via civil oppression.
"Communism works on paper.....that's it."
-me

"In Soviet Russia, people had to save their money just to buy a toaster. Sorry for fooling you into thinking this would be a Yakov Smirnoff joke with the first three words."
-me
by Dave January 06, 2005
A group of government made up by damn fools who think they should own everything.
by Anonymous October 08, 2003
The situation where, the worst possible scenario that could happen, does. Usually a situation that one hasn't thought of.
Man skips work to pick his kid up from school. When he arrives, he finds out his son ran away. On his way back home the man hits his son, killing him, and his job fires him for being late to work.
by Rothelen August 28, 2003
A mythical form of government orignially dreamed up by Marx and Engles in their book "The communist Manifesto". Under communism everyone would be forced to be equal to give everyone equal amounts of everything, no individuality would be experienced and if you excel in any way you will be handicapped for the good of all. There is no form of government or currency, desire to excel and greed is abolished by magic, all people happily coexist with no desire to do so. Under communism the government does not exist and is expected to give out all needs equally.
<communist>Hey, what now?
<communist>I dunno, wanna work?
<communist>Nah whats the point?
<communist>good point, lets go to the perople's bar and get wasted
<communist>A round of people's ale for all!
by Communism doesnt work August 14, 2004
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