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
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am complete load of hippie bullcrap just like nazism/fascism and all other forms of socialism
communism is from hell
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In theory this is perfect, as evryone is equally treated, however it falls to pieces when people get greedy. For example a doctor and a binman might get payed the exact same amount of money; just like everyone else. But, the doctor might think "Wait a minute i save lives, i deserve more money than you."
On the other hand, if there was no binman, who would take the rubbish out?
There is no homelessness in communism, unlike democrat, everyone is given the same flat, same car, no one is given special treatment in any way.
This theory is perfect, flawless, but them greedy people go and spoil it all the time. Bastards.
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communism is an idea or belief that creates everyone equal. everyone gets paid the same, everyone works the same, everyone is no diffrent from the rest. even though communism is the belief that everyone is equal, there is usually a government or leader in charge of it to keep order. communism is good because in a perfect world it would obolish greed, hunger, addiction(whatever its form), and many more things. but it is bad because the temptation for the leader to become greedy is very high. so communism can easily turn into a dictator ship, which isnt nesessarily bad. but the tempetional to become even more greedy is much higher. in a perfect world communsim would be succesful, but sadly we dont live in a perfect world
russia/germany was a communist country, but soon dictators took over them and started attacking other countries.
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Communism is what the whole world should do, but doesn't.
Communism works in philosophy but in real life, It wouldn't.
Communism is another way of saying 'when cows fly' because it couldn't.
Put them all together and you get what you started with in the first place. Peace out! ;)
Communisim, harmony when it works. Hell when it doesn't.

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A very stupid system that is impossible with or without humains beause someone has to force "equality" so there for that person is not an equal he is btr.
There has never been communism and there nvr wil be because noone will work for the smae amount is a paperboy

O ya dumbasses China is so uncommunist u can own factories there
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Something that works on paper, but real life corrupts, and stalin was in fact a facist. he just never figured it out.
come to think of it, the same has happened to:
democracy (bush steals election)
Republic (rome burned)
Capitalism (the depression)
Facism (guess)
Despotism (saddam hussein bomed out of existence)
all forms of government have, in fact, become corrupted so far. except anarchy, but so what?
basically, communism would work if there is a totally honest cabinet running it. go figure.
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A well-intended theory of social organisation based on a centalized economy and complete social equality. In practice it proves to be just as given to totalitarianism as capitalism and fascism because it enshrines hierarchy rather than destroying it. Alternatives: see anarchism.
Former Soviet Union. Was quasi-Communist for 70 years until people got fed up. Now it's 'democratic' and 'capitalist' because Western corporations got a chance to buy every industry of value in the post-1989 economic vaccuum. Now Russians are even poorer and have no little more freedom than before.
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