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
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.
by Dreaming Big May 07, 2008
A state of government in which the feds tell you what you can and can't do, while they regulate and micromanage every single part of the economy, preventing any prosperity whatsoever. Many liberals support communism without even knowing it, and others try to give it another name such as "Progressivism". Throughout history communism, and Socialism have failed dramatically. Those who suggest that government needs to be part of every aspect of our lives (Liberals) do not realize how dangerous that really is.
Why do immigrants from all over the world come to America and not to Russia or Cuba?

Because even though Capitalism isn't perfect it has proven to be the most prosperous state in the world. Anyone who favors communism should go pay Cuba a visit and see exactly how life in a communist country really is, and why there are thousands of Cubans every year who risk their lives to come to America.
by Papichulo645 February 02, 2013
A socio-political system that, in theory, is a FLAWED IDEA, yet when put into action, becomes a COMPLETELY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE NIGHTMARE. Anyone who claims that Marx was a genius or that communism will work if it is not explicitly 'Stalinist' is not a clear-headed person and probably shouldn't be trusted. An accurate summary of Communism, in a nutshell, is John Lennon's "Imagine". Everybody lives in harmony, blowing kisses and skipping hand-in-hand under the rainbow without a care in the world. But Communism kills all incentive to create one's own success, because in the end everybody works for whatever the Government deems to be "in the nation's best interest". Why would someone create a product that might otherwise yield great profit if they don't stand to get filthy rich off of it? Answer: they wouldn't. That's the fatal flaw. No profit incentive = no entrepreneurship = no trade = no money = a broke citizenry = a broke government = an economic collapse and a rude awakening. If u disagree, just shut up because you're wrong anyway.
With Communism: "I'm gonna start a company that makes flashlights. Question: "why?" Response: "uhhh good question. nevermind".

With Capitalism: "I'm gonna start a company that makes flashlights. Question: "why?" Response: "Because that's what people need right now and they will buy it if they think its a good product. I'll get really really rich and then ill buy a new house, which will cost lots of money to pay for and lots of workers to build. And the workers will build it because they get that money, which they will use to pursue their own interests in life".
by "GIMME YO CHANGE!!" - OBAMA October 14, 2009
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
by Communist March 28, 2006
Satan's rule and form of law. Passed by Satan himself under the guise of Karl Marx on February 21st, 1848. The main root cause of all homelessness, hunger, destruction of families, slavery, and the eventual collapse of entire nations, as it allready did to the Soviet Union.
Communism is the number 1 worst form of law and government ever seen in world history.
by knowledge112 February 28, 2011
pure fucking evil.
kim jung ill is communist, he practices communism

kim jung il is pure fucking evil.
by karatabeatch March 08, 2010
A form of government that can be summed up in one scentence: The elimination of private property and calss structure.
This idea is truly a great one, although it has never been put into practice.
Ignoramus: Stalin was a communist! Russia used communism!
Someone with any scrap of intelligence: Shut the f*ck up.
by Pop! June 02, 2006

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