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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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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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Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?

I've often heard the following two points of view: Communism is a failed philosophy, and it has always failed (e.g. USSR, China, Cuba etc...). Therefore it's simply wrong. Communism has never been ...
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What are the main differences between different types of Marxism?

Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc are different political idioms with some similarities in ideology. But my question is about their differences: Question: What are the ...
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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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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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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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"Communism in the Soviet Union, China, etc., wasn't real communism" - is that true? [closed]

To my knowledge, communism is a classless society in which everyone contributes and receives according to their ability and needs. When people bring up the Soviet Union or China as examples where ...
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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 it necessary for a communist to be an atheist?

Is it necessary for a communist to be an atheist? Have there been exceptions to this rule where a communist country or leader was comfortable with religion? Since all communist countries persecuted ...
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What are some criticisms of communism/socialism from a left wing perspective?

Typically, socialism and communism are criticized from a right wing perspective but I was curious on some left-wing critiques of socialism/communism. One source I found states Since the split of 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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Which redesigned policies have enabled China to survive the 1989-91 global communist crisis and prosper even while remaining a 'Communist State'?

According to Wikipedia there are only 5 Communist States at present: China, Laos, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. In the past there have been a large number of Communist States existing at the same ...
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Is Fascism ideologically descended from communism?

Georges Sorel was a Marxist, who later developed Sorelianism, which later became Fascism. To quote Benito Mussolini himself: I owe most to Georges Sorel. This master of syndicalism by his rough ...
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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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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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Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols?

NOTE: to narrow down the question, I will make the following narrowing: Nazi symbols: salute and the swastika used in clear connection to Nazi (i.e. not this one) Communist symbols: hammer and sickle ...
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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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What is the fascist argument for Marxism being a Jewish conspiracy?

How do fascists reason that communism is a Jewish conspiracy? To me general fascist / white nationalist rhetorical strategy seems like a complete refusal of approaching communism on its own terms. ...
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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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In Communism, what happens to property rights?

Picking up on a question that was posted here, it said that in Communism a home that one built could be reapportioned to someone by the vote of a majority It seems to me that this isn't a fair ...
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Why do Communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

Why did both communist people and Communist states oppose religion so much, sometimes with violence and arson. There are many other secular non-Communist states in the world that do not have such a ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

US Immigration laws state (D)Immigrant membership in totalitarian party (i)In general Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or ...
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How is the Venus Project resource-based economy different than communism?

The Venus Project advocates for a resource-based economy) The term and meaning of a Resource Based Economy was originated by Jacque Fresco. It is a holistic socio-economic system in which all goods ...
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What are the ideological differences between the Soviet Union and Noam Chomsky?

What the Soviet Union used to be is usually considered a socialist state. Noam Chomsky is a political activist who is also considered a socialist. Still, Noam Chomsky appears to have a very ...
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How are communist regimes nationalist?

Communism is supposed to be an internationalist ideology. The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality. The working men have no country. We cannot take ...
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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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Are all communist countries run by dictators?

The primary examples of communism (USSR, China, Cuba, Venezuela) have at their head a very strong central authority which approaches if not is in fact a dictatorship. Are there any examples showing ...
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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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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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Who are modern ideologues/philosophers of Communism and how do they interpret Marx?

Communism remains a popular belief^1, despite the dismal performance of the Communist states in terms of public prosperity and human rights.^2 As far as I can judge, there are three currents in ...
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

Are classless societies and religion mutually exclusive? I believe that this is one of the major hurdles of communism; that the only way to remove socioreligious classes would be to ban religion, but ...
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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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Any successful example of democratic socialism in Latin America/South America that lasted at least twenty years?

Yes, I know there are versions of authoritarian socialism in South America that have been tried, but I want to know if there are any successful democratic socialist communities that lasted at least ...
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Is this communist-like economic ideology already a thing?

Everyone knows what communism is, and generally in the real world it doesn’t work out for the people. Communism has many flaws and after a long while of thinking how these flaws can be fixed it became ...
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