Basic Government Systems/Communism

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Communism and Communist States[edit]

What is Communism?

Communism is a socioeconomic system based on the abolition of private property and the holding of the means of production as common property. Proponents claim that this promotes equality and the elimination of the class system. However there are many different approaches to communism each leading to a differing community of practice:


Jean-Luc Nancy claims that th term communism was used in Fourteenth century Europe to mean “people having in common a property belonging to the category of main morte – that is, not being submitted to the law of heritage”.[1] The first modern use of the term communist was by Restif de la Bretonne in a 1785 review of Projet de Communauté philosophe by his friend Victor d'Hupay (1777).

Many define the USSR, China, Vietnam and such as "Communist Countries"; this is not the case in the original idea of Marx. He envisioned a world where everyone is equal, much unlike that of the Soviet Union. Likewise when the USSR was founded, Lenin did not say it was Communist, but rather that was a future to which they were striving

Discussion questions[edit]

What happens when communism and capitalism blend? as there are many different forms of communism with different structures its difficult to answer as is the lack of easily accsesable information in different communist styled economy not everything is the same, also dont get sucked in by those small minded James Bond movies.

Is it possible to have a country that advocates there should be no countries?

  1. Nancy J-L. (nd) Communism: The Word accessed 2 December 2015