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
In theory, the best government that can exist. In actuality, a big freaking screw up.
Communism is like trying to send a flare to warn people about a fire: it seemed like a good idea at the time, but it just made things worse.
by Shadovsky August 26, 2004
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
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

Free Daily Email

Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!

Emails are sent from daily@urbandictionary.com. We'll never spam you.

×