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 form of society without government, social classes and money. The first part of that sentence is why The Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Vietnam etc... have never been communist countries. This is not to say that somehow these countries did something wrong when following Karl Marx's theory. Marxism is fatally flawed as it requires a government to gain power and then assumes that as time goes on the leaders in charge of the government will loosen the power that the government holds until it is finally free from government. It is absurd to think that the best way to destroy government is to make one, and a huge one at that.

So this is where you will make the distinction between Communism and communism. Capital C Communism is the most widely know version of the word. Communism is used when discussing Communist Parties, and state Capitalist countries like Cuba, China and the Soviet Union. Lower case c communism however is used when discussing a society without government, classes and money. Lower case c communism is also used by the libertarian sections of communist theory that advocate progressing to a communist society without creating a state that will choke all of the freedom out of the people it governs.

After understanding that you can understand that communism and Anarchism are at times the exact same thing. Most people would be shocked to find this out because most people think of state government when thinking of communism. As has been stated communism is a form of society without government, classes and money. What has been seen in the Soviet Union was an attempt at using Marx's theory on how to get to communism. Anarchism has many different strands of thought but at it's base it is a form of society without government and most hierarchical social structures(such as classes, bosses, governors, presidents, masters, slave drivers etc..). The difference is that communism is a type of society without money where as not all anarchist theories are without money.
For an example of communism/anarchism working on a large scale research The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. George Orwell's personal experiences participating in the war(on the side of communism and against Communism and Capitalism) are written in his book "Homage to Catalonia".
by Black Siklhouette November 22, 2007
A system of collectivist social order based on the idea that the individual is an expendable commodity of society, the State, or a fictitious "greater good" or "greater whole." Absolute order with no chaos, variation, or freedom. Equal to or worse than fascism. Philosophy that contradicts nature yet claims to be defending the environment. Prevalent use of scapegoating, coercion, secret police, taxation, and expropriation.

Snivelling sycophants of this philosophy will use pro-worker rhetoric to gain the trust of the working class. Sameness and equality are not the same thing.
Kim Jong Il's police state proves that communism is all about absolute order.
by Iggy Hazard December 13, 2003
The thing that America is scared of.
KID: I want to go to China
America: OMG ITS A COMMIE PINK, KILL HIM, KILL HIM *Fires the nukes*

(Communism - Making America overreact since 1945)
by LookAtJohnWillJa December 21, 2010
Communism doesn't work. If you want proof, look at every nation that adopted it. The only two nations (North Korea and Cuba) that won't let americans enter are communist. Also killed lots of people back in the day.
"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff" - Frank Zappa
by Caius Justinas August 10, 2005
The ideology that a country's wealth should be equally shared between all of it's citizens. However, this brilliant idea is ruined because, most of the time, governors use the money for themselves.
The only society that ever managed to live under communism successfully was the Smurfs.
by Smurfsalltheway July 06, 2009
Something that sounds nice, but ends up sucking when you actually try it out because humans are goddamn corrupt bastards.
Oh boy, i can't wait to start up a nation of communism <3, EVERYONE WILL SHARE AND ALL WILL BE PEACEFUL AND PONIES AND FLOWERS AND AND AND <3!!!

Five months later: ...OH FUCK
by Morpha's Tox Box July 02, 2011
The orgasim you experiance while having sexual relations with a communist.
Che gave me mad communisms last night
by clintewood January 24, 2009

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