I'm not an expert in politics so there are a few gaps in my understanding of the subject, but I was thinking that all the so called communist countries that have been around don't seem to me to be particularly communist.
To my knowledge, Communism is where everyone is equal and has equal rights, but surely introducing an unequal element, like a dictator, corrupts the whole purpose of Communism?
In Das Kapital a friend told me it said that some form of organizer was needed to start the process but it did not say for how long.
If Communism does have a dictator then as I understand it, that makes it not Communist anymore - but a dictator-run machine disguised as Communism, such as Soviet Russia.
I ask this question because I find it odd when I watch the occasional (Cold War era) American screaming about how he wants to kill Communists and that Communism is the enemy; but under the microscope it seems the the Cold War era of so called "Communism" wasn't in fact Communist. Instead a government which started out a Communist but ended up as dictator-driven thus giving it a major step back in being Communist.
In cold war-era America it was normal to push the message that Communism was evil - and understandably to gain votes and to justify actions and countermeasures:
Do you reckon the United States government knew that Russia was not truly communist but a hijacked nation?