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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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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Politically correct term for Tyranny,Oligarchy,Slavery.

Communism is instant Oligarchy,instant Tyranny,instant Slavery,instant mass murder and genocide.
Communism is instant Dictatorship!!
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Eh, Coulda worked...
Russia with communism was wierd, Russia without communism sucks.
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on paper: SLAVERY

in practice: GENOCIDE
Communism is pure evil.
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The way modern Democrats think the United States should be ran.
Democrats want to take all your money and give you what they think you need.
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A system that while it may work with some modification, is too unstable in today's greed obsessed world.
Communism failed because it banned business and religion. What idiot does that? Business and religion have always been the most powerful forces of society.
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The Best Form Of Government
Communism Is Awesome, Capitalism Sucks
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