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Various historians have studied the history of communism, including Robert Service and Archie Brown, many of whom have taken a negative view of the ideology, which they viewed as having a tendency towards authoritarianism, totalitarianism and for allowing human rights abuses.
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Some Marxists tried to adapt to these criticisms and the changing nature of capitalism, for instance Eduard Bernstein emphasised the idea of Marxists bringing legal challenges against the current administrations over the treatment of the working classes rather than simply emphasising violent revolution as more orthodox Marxists did.
wow, i've stumbled upon an agent
IF communism is so grand, why are all of the countries who practice forms of it, failing miserably?
in a communistic society, who decides which need is addressed and when?
the blanket statement that communism is the answer is BS.
I've met many communists myself, amazingly all of them reside in America. (one has to wonder why?)
communism has been shoved down the throats of Americans all the days of her existence ... 200+yrs of trying and still yet, even here, it has -0- influence ... that isn't likely to change anytime soon.
btw, courtesy and manners dictate that you respond to my question first.
besides, i have no need to answer the question you posed, as you already did.
for you to assume that i am either a communist or capitalist is a bit narrow-minded wouldn't you say?
Originally posted by TsukiLunar
I don't know why people bash communism. It IS the reason we have survived as a species till now. You should thank communism for getting us to the point where its even practical to practice capitalism. We owe a great deal to communism- your life for starters.
In Kharkov there were between 2,000 and 3,000 executions in February–June 1919, and another 1,000-2,000 when the town was taken again in December of that year; in Rostov-on-Don, approximately 1,000 in January 1920; in Odessa, 2,200 in May–August 1919, then 1,500-3,000 between February 1920 and February 1921; in Kiev, at least 3,000 in February–August 1919; in Ekaterinodar, at least 3,000 between August 1920 and February 1921; In Armavir, a small town in Kuban, between 2,000 and 3,000 in August–October 1920. The list could go on and on.
As a result, the USSR was transformed from a largely agrarian society into a great industrial power, and the basis was provided for its emergence as the world's second largest economy after World War II. However, during this period of rapid economic and social changes, millions of people were sent to penal labor camps, including many political convicts, and millions were deported and exiled to remote areas of the Soviet Union. The initial upheaval in the changing agricultural sector disrupted food production in the early 1930s, contributing to catastrophic Soviet famine of 1932–1933, one of the last major famines in Russia.
The Gulag (Russian: ГУЛаг, tr. GULag, IPA: [ɡʊˈlak] ( listen)) was the government agency that administered the main Soviet forced labor camp systems. While the camps housed a wide range of convicts, from petty criminals to political prisoners, large numbers were convicted by simplified procedures,
14 million people passed through the Gulag "labour camps" from 1929 to 1953, with a further 6 to 7 million being deported and exiled to remote areas of the USSR, plus 4-5 millions passed through "labour colonies", which meant to confine the prisoners serving short (less than 3 years) terms. The total population of the camps varied from 510,307 (in 1934) to 1,727,970 (in 1953). According to a 1993 study of archival Soviet data, a total of 1,053,829 people died in the Gulag from 1934 to 1953. These estimates exclude those who died shortly after their release but whose death resulted from the harsh treatment in the camps;[10
Li, the rights lawyer, said the ruling Communist Party is especially wary of dissent and controversy this year, the 20th anniversary of the 1989 pro-democracy protests ended by a bloody crackdown
I'm an open minded baby boomer that strongly believes in questioning and challenging corrupt leadership regardless of which of the political parties has a resident in the White House.... Being in the military is about as close to communism as you can get but being a very materialistic person like most Americans I did my thing and got out.... Communism works when the goal is educating people living in the third world as is evident to me when I talk to Vietnam vets that have returned a few times over the last 15 years... Less than 10 years after we abandoned the embassy in Saigon they had a stock market.... I think they will be fine if they don't also put in a privately owned banking system like the Fed, which by the way financed Lenin's take over of Russia with box car loads of gold... We are going to have the kind of government that works for the ultra rich and their whip crackers that kiss their a$$es and are rewarded for making sure that they are putting the screws to those that do the bulk of the work which amounts to about 90% of the population when things are going right.... Things haven't been right for a long time.. I am sure that the people that vote do not choose who is elected and the whole political process is a dog and pony show..
Originally posted by The Sword
Let me guess, there are baby boomers in this thread?
If so, then that pretty much explains the mindless red-bashing.
Quick, go hide under your desk!