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 system of complete equalness that is constantly missunderstood by most people , like those who use commie in a bad sense
i'm not communist, nor anarchist, im a communo-anarchist
by Oj Docs December 09, 2003
A politcial theory where every person in a society is equal, given all life needs (food, shelter, ect.) equally, and where there is no central governing body or group opf people (hard to have everyone be equal with a few leaders telling the masses what to do).

In theory, the most utopian and 'perfect' of the 3 major social forms.

In practice, can never effectivly happen in practice mainly because tghe average human being needs and desires asome sort of governing structure, whether it be very strict (See facisim ) or very loosly (See anarchist) applied.

This structure tend to fall into a more Socialist social order when applied in the real world. Eventhough the orgionators fo this social order said this structure would be best suited for the large Capitolistic nations of their era (England, USA, ect.), the most noted use of this system was inside the Former Soviet Union and the Peoples Repulic of China.

The Soviet system, though lasting over 7 decades, ended with the country ditching the One Party system for a more Democratic based model after the country practically became bankrupt in 1989. China has grown more Socialist since it's conversion to the Commuinst structure in 1947, mainly do to their laxing, however small, of certain 'communist' ideals for more democratic princliples (such as individualism and ownership of property).

You Commie Bitch!
by James Bourne September 27, 2003
An economic system based on the principal that no matter where you work or what your working for, you are still making the same amount of money as everyone else. Probably the most theoretical economic system, but always falls apart when put into practice. This is because the leaders are corrupt, militaristic dictators.
Soviet Union, North Korea, South Vietnam, China... All failed Communist states.
A system of government that eliminates privately owned property and the caste system; making everyone equal. A great idea on paper, but unfortunately, never works in the real world b/c someone gets power hungry.

Mostly hated by Americans who are grown up from birth being told that Communists are evil; because their capitalist government wants to remain in control.

Unfortunately, there has never been a true working communism that follows it's ideal; someone always gets power hungry and turns it from a communism into something of a dictatorship.
1.) There has never been a true working communism.

2.) Most people who hate communism are from America, who are grown on the prospect of it being evil.
by Farrak August 11, 2006
A form of government in which class divisions, possessions, and privately owned property are eliminated. Essentially, everybody is considered equal and issues such as class divisions and poverty are solved. Although the ideal of communism is an excellent idea, it does not work. Wealth is divided up amongst the people, meaning everybody ends up being poor. In addition, communist governments are often run by corrupt politicians such as Stalin, making a small group of people very rich and everybody else poor.

In short, EVERYBODY ENDS UP BEING EQUAL, but in most cases this is EQUALLY POOR AND MISERABLE, and sometimes, people end up being MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS, which does not make sense.
Setting up Communism seemed like a good idea at the time, but a hangover was soon to follow.
by Curlbacca July 25, 2006
militant socialism
stinks like communism
by global socialism February 07, 2006
An idea that worked out on paper, but failed miserably in practice. It actually might've worked quite well if Joseph Stalin didn't turn himself into an all-controlling despot.

Also a rarely understood economical system, partly because of capitalist governments during the Cold War telling people that it's wrong, and partly 'cos most people can't stand reading ten words of Marx's writing.
Communism in its essence consists of a classless society with an equalised economy. And no, I'm not defending or supporting it, I'm just posting my observations of it.
by tritium July 18, 2004

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