Democracy vs Communism 

Part three of this comparison of democracy to other forms of government leads us to look at what happens when you push to the far left of the political spectrum – communism.

The original idea (known as Marxism, after Karl Marx) is based on the notion that the ruling elite facilitate inequality and class-based manipulation of others. Communism was to be a means to letting the average worker have equal say on policy and governance. What Marx wanted was a classless society.

The principle is not devoid of merit, though serious questions have to be asked about implementation and management. Communism runs against many aspects of human nature, and historically it has only been maintained through violent and oppressive means (take a look at the USSR, China and North Korea, for but a few examples). Ironically, there has tended to be a ruling party, whose authority goes unchallenged. Equal representation, whilst existing in principle, doesn’t exist in practice.

Communism can only really represent one ideology and doesn’t allow for dissenting viewpoints. It is decidedly inferior to Democracy in that respect.


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    Ariel Lynn — November 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I totally agree. Thank you for sharing what the (very basic) tenets of Communism are with your readers. Too often, people only see governments acting in the name of Communism & assume that’s what it’s supposed to be. 🙂

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      DarthTimon — November 26, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      In theory, communism would level the playing field for everyone, it’s a shame in many respects that it just doesn’t work in practice.

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        Ariel Lynn — November 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

        I’ll admit, I’d written up a much longer reply before deciding it was silly & paring it down. In it, I said that Communism, in theory, had good merits. Unfortunately, in practice (whether because some humans are power-hungry, or we need direction, or some other reason we can’t fully grasp), it’s impossible to see the good points. We (humans… & possibly some small, yippy dogs… I’m not sure about them…) warp the original idea into something that’s so different it’s practically the opposite!

        Not to mention, since we can’t study Communism in practice because we’ve mucked it up so badly, it’s just a theory. Theories are open to interpretation & they might need some “updates” as society changes.

        See… you open a door & I write a novel. I gotta stop doing that!! LMFAO

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