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How To Use The Terms "Socialism" vs. "Communism"
Socialism and Communism are two words that fall under the category of: learned it a while ago, probably should know it, but actually don't because these are confusing are hard. So what do these terms mean?
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What is communism?
Communism is an ideology or system based on the idea that the property of a community should be owned collectively and shared among everyone. In such a system, there are ideally no classes and everyone has equal power.
The word Communism is sometimes capitalized. When it is, it often refers to a political ideology.
The noun communist refers to someone who supports communism. It can also be used as an adjective to describe things involving communism or that operate under communism, such as countries or economies. It is also sometimes capitalized.
In a purely communist system, no one owns property individually. For example, people may work at a factory, but ownership of the factory or the machinery inside is collective and equal. The things made at the factory are shared by everyone or given to the people most in need of them. Under this form of communism, no one becomes richer than anyone else and so there are no economic classes of wealthy and poor.
In contrast, under a system of capitalism, the majority of property is privately purchased (with money) and owned, and the law protects the possession of it. In capitalism, a wealthy class often owns the businesses and a less wealthy class works for the business owners.
Political systems regarded as examples of Communism generally carry out (or aim to carry out) the economic theory of communism in a specific way. The transition to such a system is often thought to involve the elimination of capitalist society and the introduction of a one-party state that is supposed to ensure that everyone has equal wealth and equal access to any of the things that they need.
However, there are many varying interpretations as to what communism truly entails, and many common misconceptions related to it.
Communism is often compared to or confused with socialism. Communism is based on socialism and is often seen as an extreme or the ultimate form of it. Socialism is also based on community ownership of the means of production, often in the form of a centralized government. However, individuals can own the products created by the community. Communism, on the other hand, is generally based on the elimination of private property. Politically, Communism does not allow for a democratic form of government.
Communism is associated with (and often developed from) the theoretical system of Marxism, in which socialism is considered a middle stage in the transition from capitalism to communism.
Why is communism important?
Communism is a controversial and divisive concept and practice, and it has had a significant and lasting impact on modern history and global politics.
The first records of the word communism come from around 1835. It comes from the French word communisme, which combines the word common (in the sense of “equally shared or belonging to the whole community”) and the suffix -ism, which refers to an ideology or set of ideas.
Radical socialists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels heavily influenced the modern understanding of communism. Specifically, their 1848 book The Communist Manifesto influenced many political thinkers and leaders. Leaders such as Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro put Marx and Engels’ idea of communism into practice and formed totalitarian states with the stated goal of establishing communism.
Communism is associated with violent revolution, which many communists view as necessary to end capitalist systems they view as unjust. All of the above examples of Communist leaders are associated with such revolutions. They are also associated with their oppressive regimes, which are often cited as examples of the dangers of communism by those who oppose it.
Relatedly, communism is often viewed as the opposite of capitalism. The clash between Communist nations and those that oppose Communism has led to wide scale conflicts, notably the Cold War.
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Communism has historically been associated with the color red. Communist parties have often used red flags. This association has led to use of the word Red to describe things involving communism (including, sometimes, in a derogatory way by those who oppose it).
What are real-life examples of communism?
Historians and economists debate about what societies and systems constitute examples of Communism. Still, many nations have established systems labeled or widely regarded as Communism. Notably, the Soviet Union was widely regarded as Communist (though its name—the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—used the word socialist). Modern China is widely regarded as a Communist nation.
The topic of communism is extremely controversial, and many people have strong opinions about it in relation to their political beliefs and worldview.
Chihuahuas are like communism: sounds great on paper, actually a horrible idea
— Yaba Baga and the Thorty Fieves (@AliMAlramzi) September 30, 2016
“communism works in theory but not in practice” -someone who has never read theory
— Yeon ☭ 🤍 (@YeonU_Reeves) September 9, 2021
What other words are related to communism?
True or False?
The word communism always means the same thing as socialism.
How to use communism in a sentence
President Andrzej Duda in the lead up to the Polish presidential election said LGBTQ “ideology” is more harmful than communism.Top 10 international news stories of 2020|Michael K. Lavers|December 31, 2020|Washington Blade
Sachs has also advised governments around the world, especially as they tried to climb out of poverty or, after the Cold War, to shift from communism to a market economy.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|September 17, 2020|Freakonomics
Duda in June said LGBTQ “ideology” is more harmful than communism.Bachelet highlights LGBTQ rights abuses in U.N. Human Rights Council speech|Michael K. Lavers|September 16, 2020|Washington Blade
They were Cold War adversaries, the global icons of capitalism and communism.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|August 6, 2020|Freakonomics
Sachs has also advised governments around over the world, especially as they tried to climb out of poverty or, after the Cold War, to shift from communism to a market economy.Does Anyone Really Know What Socialism Is? (Ep. 408)|Stephen J. Dubner|March 5, 2020|Freakonomics
When communism was a threat, it was construed as a communist plot.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon enough, Castro turned his back on those ideals, embracing Soviet style communism.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist|Romina Ruiz-Goiriena|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were, if you believed the Soviet propaganda machine, a shining example of communism at work.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The utter lack of beds provides a vivid commentary on the extreme nature of Communism.The Secret Soviet Power Bunker—in Latvia, a Hiding Place for the Elite|Brandon Presser|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The collectivist state advocated by the socialist of to-day has scarcely anything in common with the communism of the middle ages.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
As is well-known, his lectures and writings on the subject have earned him the title, "Father of Anarchist-Communism."Comrade Kropotkin|Victor Robinson
The basis of this sex equality under primitive communism is easy to understand.
This primitive communism generally disappears as the tribe progresses.
This formula is: "Communism in material production, Anarchism in intellectual production."
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Cultural definitions for communism
An economic and social system envisioned by the nineteenth-century German scholar Karl Marx (see also Marx). In theory, under communism, all means of production are owned in common, rather than by individuals (see Marxism and Marxism-Leninism). In practice, a single authoritarian party controls both the political and economic systems. In the twentieth century, communism was associated with the economic and political systems of China and the Soviet Union and of the satellites of the Soviet Union. (Compare capitalism and socialism.)