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Posted by: R. Jenkins ( USA ) on April 07, 1999 at 10:28:11:

In Reply to: The common, free and democratic ownership.... posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on April 06, 1999 at 11:05:12:

: : What is Communism anyway

: 1) A state of society characterized by the common and democratic ownership
: of the large-scale means of economic production, in which economic and resources are directed towards the universal satisfaction of material and nonmaterial needs in an adequate and egalitarian manner, and towards the establishment of a free, self-aware, politically conscious, amicable populace.

Free? If you have to work for the 'common good', you are far from free. Resources don't last, nor do businesses or any other profitable people or things.

: Or 2) in other words, "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"

OK, hopefully there won't be any more of that crap in governments, but if there does happen to be a strong communist government that just starts out, watch everyones needs increase, and then watch their abilities decrease.

: Or 3) a society / political party that is working however slowly towards the establishment of these goals

Translation: The nightmare of anyone that produces a lot.

: Or 4) a political party that, if not willing to cary out all of these 'leftist' goals, is at least willing to carry them further than anyone else.

Well, there's no shortage of those in the western world.

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