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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communism is a form of government that supposedly eliminates all social and monetary inequality. unfortunetly what many people do not realize is that all private property is no longer yours and everything must be shared. it is not, as many proclaim, a good idea for this reason alone. anyone who believes that everyone should have access to your house, car, food, etc. truly despises you as an individual and cares not for your well being, only theirs. Communism is NOT altruistic or peacable. millions died in Russia because the former business owners and industrialists were moved to the bottom of the food chain, and the peasants rose up to take their place on the social ladder. there was no equality but a social flip-flop that did nothing but prove that communism is nothing but an excuse for moochers.
with the fall of capitalism and rise of communism, there was much less than there was before for there was none with any expertise to control the industries, etc.
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What every mallgoth, neo-punk, or revolutionist ages 13-20 claims to be to appear different, open-minded, or just controversial. True communism is pretty cool, the idea that everyone is equal, but you have to sacrifice alot: Pretty much everything. One of the founding priciples of communsism is no private ownership, which means that all the people who failed kindergarten because they couldn't share are bumfucked.
I asked some kid in hot topic pants and emo frames if I could borrow his communism t-shirt, but he told me that it's his.

Oh the irony.
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A socialist theory advocated by Karl Marx in which the proletariat (working class) tried to attain rights, and fair wages. By abolishing bourgeois (middle class business owners) property the proletariat hoped for equality.
During the Industrial Revolution the proletariat (lower class) were forced to switch from the work they were used to doing, agriculture and farming, to working in factories for the bourgeois (middle class busines owners). They worked sometimes 16-18 hour days and didn't even get paid enough to live. (Which is why from 8 years old and up children were dropping out of school to work full time in the hopes their family wouldn't starve that day. Although kids often got paid 1/10 of what an adult did.) As machines were getting easier to use more people had the skills necessary (none...) to work. Because of this the number of proletariat continued to increase and so the laws made for/by the bourgeois didn't apply to the lower class which was by far, the majority. Karl Marx had a theory and this theory was communism. Marx belief was that by abolishing bourgeois property it would level out the playing field so the proletariat had the chance to prosper, and be functioning members of society.
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An ideological economic/governmental/philosophical system. The 1950-1990 scapegoat for american conflict. A system of government which takes form each according to his ability and gives each according to his need.

Contary to common belief:

There has never been a communist nation. Socialism isn't communism because it doesn't stress revolution, rather communist'esque reforms. The term soviet best describes most of the previous 'communist' nations, as soviet is a progressional communist state (becoming communist)

Communism ISN'T like facism. They are political opposites. Facists support the upper-class and privitisation.

Communism has NOTHING to do with dictators, there have been many democratic systems that have been communist (e.g. Chille)

The comunist nations haven't collapsed because they are essentially flawed, they have collapsed because they have been met with massive opposition from the upper class (Who controls the capitalist nations) and basically killed.

Economically communism (a planned/command economy) can be very powerful, any comparison however is poor because we don't have a communist world with a few capitalist nations to compare our's to.

Generally dismissed on the grounds of "Good in theory, bad in practice" This statement is a conclusion, not an argumnet guys. By definition something that is 'good in theory' is 'good in practice' or it is in fact 'bad in theory'
"Mom, I'm goin' off to kill them hippie communists with my shot-gun!"

Any Commmunist is someone who strives for the betterment of man, true allturism.

Communism needs democracy as the human body needs oxygen
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1) A totalitarian form of government in which the People form a union where there is no individualism or self-advancement in classes, as there are no classes. Society advances and benefits as a whole. "Invented" by humans back in the Stone Age, but made more sophisticated by Karl Marx around the time of the 1848 Revolutions in Europe.

2) A Revolutionary ideal often represented by the notorious Cuban Revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara on t-shirts. The people who wear these shirts often have no idea what Communism is really about, have never read a single book about it, and just want to be nonconformist by wearing the said shirt or claiming to be under such a revolutionary ideal.

Notes: No powerful country has ever respected Communism. Communism is often used as the fuel for a Revolution, but is never used the the form of government once the Revolution has taken place.
Communism does not support there being no government, quite the opposite. It supports a Totalitarian form of rule. Anarchy is the ideal of no government and that the wellbeing of the People is based entirely on their conscience.
1- Communism is the purest somewhat form of economy we can have.
2- Look at that guy who supports Communism, he sure does look like a fag.
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An idealistic way of life based on the concept that everyone is equal. It probably was first used in early Christian communities, and was popularized by many famous thinkers, like Marx. Because of inherent "flaws" of human nature, communism remains an impossible utopian standard to this day.
It is sometimes used incorrectly to classify certain countries that are simply dictatorial or socialist, not communist.
I would rather live in a capitalist country than in a communist one.
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A good idea that can never be achieved by humans.
Homer Simpson: In theory, communism works. In theory.
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