posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 01:57 PM
Ok, well, I find this sort of interesting. I took a class where we discussed this in depth and while that was about 12 years ago I think I remember
enough to enlighten some folks. Let me apologize if I leave anything important out. And full disclosure, I am not always right about everything.
Feel free to disagree. In response to the original question as to why people with supposedly no knowledge of communism are against it I have two
ideas. First, I think a lot of people just don't know exactly what it is. For one, these so called communist parties are not. Secondly, and I fit
this category, some people actually have an understanding and don't ever see it working.
No real communist society has ever existed. Mark was a philosopher, basically. His basic premise is that societies and economies evolve through
various stages. From a feudal society, to a free market, to socialism and then on to communism. It isn't just about economy though, it is also
about human enlightenment. Basically a serf gets tired of being basically owned and they want some freedoms and a share of the pie. A free market
evolves where there is an excess of goods and services for everyone, but not everyone has the means to attain the goods and services that they need.
So socialism comes along and eliminates all the want by redistributing the wealth and then suddenly everyone becomes so much more enlightened and no
government is needed and everyone lives happily ever after. That's basically it.
A couple of things though. Marx himself acknowledged it had never been done before. Marx was upset that his philosophy was being perverted. See,
Marx believed in the "steps" required and you can't skip a step. Russia went from basically a feudal system to forced socialism. They forgot
about how important it is to establish a means of production in the free market. Actually, Marx had predicted that a communist revolution would
happen in the United States or Britain or another developed country first. And one more thing, supposedly, according to the philosophy, people won't
be slaves to anything. Free from want, need and greed these enlightened humans would live in a utopian society where a man could be a hunter in the
morning, a fisher in the afternoon and a poet at night. Supposedly it would actually foster human creativity and ingenuity.
That's about it, in a nut shell. Thanks for indulging me.