Communism is an idea that Marx and Engles came up with. In theory, its a direct, true democracy. But when it is applied to human life, it doesnt work.
The main idea in communism is-- "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs". What that means is, every citizen works however much they can honestly work, and they get paid according to how much money they need in order to live. This means that the system works on honesty- the govenrment expects you to be honest on how much you can really work, and they pay you according to how much money you need.
This concept doesnt work. it doersnt work because there is no motivation for the people to work. In communism, if you could honestly work your ass off, and you do work your ass off, you will still get paid the same salary as if you didnt work your ass off. So this means that you can work really hard, or work very little, and still get paid the same salary. So people basically have no motivation to work hard. When people work hard, the country produces money. When people do nothing, the country suffers financially.

On the contrary, in a capitalist society, the harder you work- the more you get paid. If you work very hard at a sophisticated job, you earn alot of money. Whereas if you work a crappy job that requires very little work, you will not earn so much money. So this is where the motivation comes from. In capitalism, the harder you work- the more you get paid. And in communism, nomatter how hard you work, you will always get paid according to your needs, but the government expects you to be honest in how hard you work.

What happens to communism, is that the country does not work, does not produce, and eventually collapses from not having enough money to support itself.

The former Soviet Union was probably the most obvious example of a country of failed communism. The people were not paid according to their needs- everyone was paid less than the amount of money needed to live a very minimal life. And the government used force and intimidation to force the people to work hard, or else...

But there are elements of communism in nature, and even in some Native American tribes, centuries ago. The Native Americans lived in a common community, where they saw their villages of a place that belonged to everyone, and worked for the good of the community, and not for the good of individual families like in capitalism.

Ants and termites live in colonies where every one works and works and works, and the colony shares everything, for the good of the colony, and not for the good of each individual ant or termite. However, this case is not to be compared to human communism, since termites and ants are instinctively born into workers in the oclony, and so that is basically their nature. So it would be unfair to compare this case to humans.

Communism is a very beautiful idea. And if it could work, the entire world would have been totally communist a long time ago. But communism doesnt work. Overall, communism fails because of a lack of motivation, and having the desire to work for the benifit of your own person and your own family, rather than for the benifit of the entire community. And now, after people have realised what communism turns out to be, I doubt any more countries will willfully try to establish communism by choice.
Communism is a beautiful idea, but it quickly turns into a dictatorship. Communism eventually collapses from financial trouble. After the Proletariat throw over the Bourgiuase, a new Bourgiuase class eventually forms that is really a class of the government, and the country then changes from an attempt at communism to pretty much a dictatorship. The idea of Communism is of a direct democracy, like that of ancient Greece. The capitalist world has indirect democracy- a representative democracy. And true communism is meant to be an honest, classless society of common ownership and prosperity. But all that doesnt happen, simply because humans are not meant to live a communist life. This has been proven time and time again.
by Claiy Bertrand September 07, 2007
A good idea that can never be achieved by humans.
Homer Simpson: In theory, communism works. In theory.
by caxwl May 20, 2004
Communism A.K.A. Commies, Socialist, Cult of personality worshippers - 1. A gang of terrorist who oppose all religions and nations because they are sane 2. A gang of terrorist who oppose all religions and nations because they are insane. 3. pool it and rule it and fool it.
"Communism evolved from the enlightaned Spanish Inquisition and tends to evolve into insanity, psychiatry, then anti-psychiatry followd by passive resistant disorder that some stupid idiots think they can treat because they don't know better."
by I'llfoldandleavethetable July 01, 2012
A term that sounds good in their books but just fails when it is in action.
It would be hard to believe if the belief of communism came over to the US and made us into one of them. It's a scary thought.
by utes November 29, 2011
First of all, Communism is an idea that never actually worked in any country.
There are certain ideas of Communism. It promotes equality and in theory turns out to be a classless society.
To put it simply, in Communism- you contribute what you are able to do, and you get paid the same amount of money as everyone else.
What that means is, if Im able to work 7 hours, and my friend Johnny is able to work only 3 hours, we would both earn the same amount of money, say 100 dollars. In theory, people would be happy and okay with the idea that the guy in a cubical next to them in an office works half as much (because that's all they are able to work), but gets paid the same as a guy who works twice as much as him.
In an ideal Communism, there is no set line of productivity. Communism depends entirely on the people. In theory, people would honestly work as much as they are capable of working. Some can work more, and some can work less. But in theory, everybody would be honest with themselves and work as hard as they can, without slacking off. When Russia gave Communism a shot, it failed miserably. People understood that since there was no line of minimal productivity, and since there was the idea of "do what you can, get what everybody else gets", people simply said that they were only capable of working two hours, and still got a set payment of money. So in reality, people werent doing shit, producing very little, and the government still payed them.
However, the govenment COULD NOT suddenly set a line of minimal productivity, as it would go against the idea of people working as much as they are honestly capable of working. As it turned out, people saw that they would still get payed a set amount of money no matter how much they worked, so they simply did as little as possible. What Russia did do, however, was tell the people to work for longer. Russia told the people that they should work longer, as they couldnt set up a line of productivity. So, the little work that people did over four hours was now divided over 7 hours. So per hour, people were doing very little.
The theory of Communism is not meant for people. We have our own nature. Of, out of nowhere Communsm did work with humans, it would completely change our nature, and therefore change everything about humans and human history. The bottum line is that COMMUNISM DOESNT WORK WITH PEOPLE.
Communism always turns into a dictatorship-like country.
However, there is a form of Communism in the lives of ants and termites. They do what they are able to do, work hard, and share the food with the whole colony. Is this really exactly "ideal Communism"? Not exactly, but it is something. You have to remember that ants and termites have this sort of nature and are born into this. Humans are not meant to live in Communism. It doesnt work.
In my opinion, Fidel Castro had the least catastrophical form of Communism. He was able to hold his country together all this time. Are all the people happy? No. Fidel is only able to hold his shit together because he has the help of the military, and this would not be present under ideal Communism. This is just one example of what Communism turns into.
by Sovietsky Sayus April 27, 2007
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.
by da-pho December 08, 2004
An ideology based essentially on the idea expounded by Karl Marx, that in an ideal society everyone would receive what they needed and would produce according to their capacity. From this idea was elaborated a doctrine whereby a Socialist state would be established that would in time subsume the economic structure of society into itself. At this point the State itself would wither and the new ideal Communist society would emerge. It's surely a beautiful idea on paper, and may even work with small tribal bands ... but just try to apply it to a society made of millions of us naked apes and see what happens.

Marx incidentally suggested that agrarian societies would be more likely to develop in time along such lines; the adoption of Communist doctrine by industrial societies like Leninist-Stalinist Russia may arguably be in itself a perversion of Marx's idea.
Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man. Communism is the exact reverse. - John Gardner

Any man who is not a Communist at the age of twenty is a fool. Any man who is still a Communist at the age of thirty is an even bigger fool. - George Bernard Shaw.

Communism: right idea, wrong species. - Jermaine Evans

The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both intelligent and sincere. - George Orwell.

A Communist is like a crocodile - when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up. - Winston Churchill
by Fearman November 20, 2007
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.
by think.learn.then.use.it November 06, 2006

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