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".
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Communism is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general.
"The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property." - Karl Marx
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The orgasim you experiance while having sexual relations with a communist.
Che gave me mad communisms last night
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A system that, while looking fine on paper, has yet to be implemented correctly. The base ideology is that all industry and property is controlled by the state, which in turn provides most things to the people. Historically communist states were/are controlled by a dictator like Joseph Stalin or Kim Jong-il, who attempts to generate a cult of personality and downplay the negative traits of their state. Although calling themselves Marxist-Leninist, many of these states are degenerated totalitarian dictatorships, where the common people are subject to mass surveillance and everything is heavily censored. Currently the only communist states left are China, Cuba, North Korea, Laos, and Vietnam.
Mao and Stalin have each racked up death tolls upwards of 50 million people, in the name of creating the "utopian" state of communism envisioned by Karl Marx.
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A lie
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Communism is a collectivist Utilitarian socio-economic political philosophy. Authoritarian in nature, Communism seeks to abolish private property, social classes, racism, religion, and nationalism. Communist states establish a bureacratic command economy in which the means of production are owned and operated by the state. Thus the main responsibility of the Communist state is to allocate and redistribute resources and products so as to create a society in which all resources are distributed evenly throughout the populous.
The Soviet Union practiced an offshoot of Marxism that can be referred to as Authoritarian Communism.
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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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A stupid idea in theory that turns out even worse in practice. Promotes forced equality among people, and lack of private ownership. Thus, people who are smarter, more motivated, better looking, and generally more likely to succeed are forced into mediocrity, with no incentive to innovate or work hard.

In practice, leads to a totalitarian regime with a dictator and a corrupt politically connected ruling class, while everyone else is poor.

Often touted as a utopian ideal system by ignorant sheltered losers who never lived a day under a communist regime, and feel entitled to other people's success.
Communism is the reason people emigrated from the Soviet Union to the West. You never hear of people emigrating the other way.
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