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Has there ever been a socialist economy where production was controlled democratically by workers directly without Capitalists or auth-left parties?

What would essentially be democratic socialism. where the means of production are owned by workers unlike in the soviet union where workers' councils only had nominal power and were driven by the ...
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Is (and why is) the original theory of socialism/communism of Karl Marx very unlikely to become the theoretical foundation of any democratic regime?

Nowadays it seems that many young people are embracing Marxism (or some sort of illusion of it. As Obie 2.0 commented below, many of them probably don't really know what the original Marxism really is)...
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Do the Workers in China own the means of production? [duplicate]

China is ruled by a party that calls itself communist. From my sociology class in university, I learned that one of the core ideals of Marxist theory is the dictatorship of the proletariat: the ...
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According to Marx, is Communism a workable system or an unreachable ideal?

I have heard opposing arguments about whether or not Communism was intended to be an unreachable ideal, or a workable system. Has Marx ever commented, either in the communist manifesto or otherwise, ...
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In communist planet with one state, are all people shareholders? [duplicate]

In communist planet with one state, are all people shareholders on all property? Or rather there are two sets of properties --- one of the government faction and one of the non government faction? ...
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Are modern state governments just a group that administers the businesses of the bourgeoisie? [closed]

I recently read the Communist Manifiesto and in the very fist chapter the authors claim that The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

In single-party states like the former eastern bloc (Soviet Union, East Germany, ...), there is only one dominant party. One thing that has always bothered me is that this is a contradiction in itself:...
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What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese Government?

What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese government? If the question is too broad, then I am primarily wondering how does the current Chinese government view Confucianism? What ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
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Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? [duplicate]

Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? General Motors sold more cars in China than in the United ...
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Confused about the term 'Bourgeoisie'!

Bourgeoisie is defined by, the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes As refer to Google define, Here, I see it actually means the ...
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What is armed struggle and why did it work in countries like Nepal but not in Phillipines and Peru? [closed]

Philippines,Peru and Nepal seem to the similar countries economically. Then why did the armed struggle work only in Nepal and not in all these places? Where did the government go right in these places ...
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Why did the US recognize PRC when it was concerned about the spread of Communism?

Here is mentioned that: In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US ...
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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?

The actions taken by these governments seem to be more fascist than communist. The term communism is used to describe so many contradicting policies and it is very confusing.
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Is monarchy dismissed by communist ideology?

I imagine that monarchy is quite negative in the eyes of communists. It consists of inequality by default. But I cannot find any sources claiming that indeed the communist propaganda is against the ...
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What is the CPC's intention behind expansionism?

The Communist Party of China has provoked territorial disputes with almost all of it's neighbours. In the recent past, they had one of these with India, but are currently engaged with India to de-...
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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

The definition of Communism: Communism is a political and economic ideology that positions itself in opposition to liberal democracy and capitalism, advocating instead a classless system in which the ...
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How can the nazis be socialit and anti-communist? [duplicate]

The nazi germany was a national-socialist country and as i know socialism is a stage before the communism , so how can the nazis be anti-communist ?
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Are all the companies in communism ideology nationalized?

Is it true that in the ideology of communism, the government owns all the companies and the exploitable resources? Also, what about the socialist countries and socialism as an ideology and are there ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

I was just thinking that essentially, a communist country like Maoist China did not seem very different than a very large corporation. Both are centrally managed, tightly control their citizens/...
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Why did communism not succeed in the USA?

Did the Communist Party in the USA, or any other ideological party other than capitalism, ever gain considerable power in the USA, and why is capitalism still the leading ideology in America?
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How communist is everyday life in China? [closed]

Answers to Is China considered to be democratic range from "theoretically yes, but..." to "No!". Question: From a perspective of the life experience of everyday people, how much does political ...
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Is there an elaboration on Roger Martelli's conclusion that left-populism is doomed to fail?

In reading an article about Chantal Mouffe's work, some of which advocated for left-populism, I found this bit interesting: According to Mouffe, who is also a philosopher of art, only Jean-Luc ...
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What is a simple concise way to explain the difference between socialism and communism to others

I've seen many people refer to communism and socialism as if they are the same thing, when they clearly are not. I'm aware of the difference and know there are many sources that explain it, so I'm ...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

I read polls suggesting that 70% of Russians today support Joseph Stalin's actions when he was in charge of the Soviet Union as its Premier. Why is his approval rating so high in Russia despite of all ...
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Is Communism intrinsically authoritarian?

As a consequence of the recent developments in China, I’ve heard a lot of commentary which characterises authoritarianism as an inevitable consequence of a Communist state. How true is this statement?...
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Is the Chinese system becoming more Fascist than Capitalist?

PREFACE Over the past 30 years, the economic transformation of China has greatly improved the lives of the Chinese people. However, under the reign of Xi Jinping, China has begun to assert its power ...
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Does any Islamist party have policies in other areas that would be considered left wing?

Some Islamist parties such as Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt seems to be conservative and aligned with right political wing. Are there any Islamist parties that are aligned with left political wing or ...
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Scottish Politics; History of Sectarianism, Communism, Nationalism

Somewhat inspired by "Peaky Blinders", and a notion I've had, I am wondering whether sectarianism in Scotland could potentially have been a divide and conquer seed from Westminster as a diversionary ...
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Have any countries established socialist democracy specifically based on Marxism?

As far as I know, there are no countries calling themselves Communist that have stayed real democracies, even though Marx wrote that he wanted democracy in Communist society. However, there are quite ...
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Did Karl Marx ever use any example that involved cotton and dollars to illustrate the way capital and surplus value were generated?

I live in country with a communist ideology, and Marxism-Leninism courses are mandatory in college. As much as I appreciate some basics on dialectical materialism, I can't help but disdain the way ...
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Soviet or Russian equivalent of the Church Committee?

Following the Watergate scandal in 1972, the US senate created a select committee (the Church Committee) to investigate the abuse of power by US intelligence agencies. Has there ever been a Soviet ...
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Full Communism & rare items/collectibles

In a fully automated communist system with post scarcity no money and goods distributed from each according to his abilities to each according to his need, how would this system address items that ...
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What are the modern arguments for Communism?

If this is too broad please leave suggestions and I'll try to narrow it down. Although I don't always agree, I feel like I can follow the arguments for and from most facets of the political spectrum ...
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Why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party induct everyone into the party?

As far as I'm aware Communism is supposed to be a "dictatorship of the proletariat" and something that is by and for the people. So why doesn't the Chinese Communist Party, and similar ruling parties ...
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Is the GUE-NGL unwilling to advise against Brexit? If so, why?

130 of the eighth and current European Parliament's 751 members have signed a letter urging the UK to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the EU. All are members of EPP, S&D, ALDE or Greens-...
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How can communism be totalitarian?

I'm quite a newbie to history and politics so a sentence from Huxley surprised me (it might not be surprising for you). In Brave new world revisited (1958) he writes: It is a pretty safe bet that, ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Cuba and Venezuela seem to share a lot in common. Both are effectively Socialist dictatorships. Cuba's government has been Communist for many years, while Venezuela has been socialist for much less. ...
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Defining fascism in the background of communism [duplicate]

We have an intense discussion going on between the fact of whether the Soviet Union was a fascist state or not. Our doubt lies in fascism as an opposite to communism and we wonder if the Soviet ...
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Corruption, efficiency and economic success of the Chinese government

Chinese Government is accused of massive corruption, some critics say that the censorship does not allow the revelation of corruption in China. How did the Communist Party of China from 1976 onwards ...
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How does anarcho-communism avoid turning into anarcho-capitalism?

The idea of the communist revoluton through socialism is that the socialist state was intended to eventually destroy itself and the society will live in a communist system. But that society would not ...
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Did "socialism with a human face" actually exist in practice?

NOTE: This is somewhat related (a "soft" version of) to this question (Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?) According to Wikipedia, "Socialism with a human face" appeared in 1968 and it ...
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Is the economics theory of Karl Marx regarding technological progress realistic to the end?

Marx claimed that the introduction of more and more advanced machinery would lead to unemployment of workers, which decreases the ability of the society to buy things, which is a vicious cycle. ...
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Why does Russia seem to praise USSR personalities almost three decades after the fall of communism?

The dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred on December 26, 1991, more than 26 years ago. However, communist personalities (symbols) are still displayed in many places: Body of Stalin was temporary ...
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Why did the United States so aggresively attack Communism when they knew it wasn't going to work out in the long term? [closed]

Didn't USA had the foresight that any country that embraces communism would eventually fail? Why did it go around spreading anti-communist sentiment to an extent where they defied the internal ...
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Are capitalism and communism equivalent in attributable mass murders? [closed]

When the topic of communism comes up in the US, most automatically dismiss it due to the tens or hundreds of millions who died at the hands of communist regimes. As a counterpoint, some say that the ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

In this question, a person asks why it's so easy to ban Nazi symbols and so hard to ban communist symbols: Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols? ...
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Did Karl Marx support taking over the means of production by using force or violence?

If the workers want to have means of production (land or factories) they can: Put money together and buy/build them, step by step. That's how the Amish or the Mennonites are building and growing ...
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Does currency exist in communism?

I've thought about this before, but never heard any explanation as to how this works. My understanding of communism is: Everyone works. Everything is rationed out equally. Since there is no ...
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Is China really Communist?

Having read Karl Marx, and seeing the 10 tenets of Communism, I find it hard to consider China as a Communist country. Just trying to stick to the 10 tenets. Abolition of private property, ...
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