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  •  Communism... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I can't speak for Karl Marx, but all of the explicit communist systems tend to function to create a much more potent plutocracy than anything a moderately regulated capitalist system could ever do.  (Communist systems do tend to do better than feudal systems; this is why the Soviet Union lasted as long as it did.)

    One of the reasons for this is that Marx had no idea what to do when the race to the bottom hit bottom.  My guess is that he had a fear in the back of his mind that it would look like a bad future-dystopia story.  So Frederich Engels took over and made up a happy ending involving a worker's paradise.  It worked well enough for the American right to adopt it.

    •  There are two broad forms of communism (1+ / 0-)
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      Statist, authoritarian forms, which use a top-down power structure, and non-statist, non-hierarchical forms which use a bottom-up structure based on federations of participatory communities.

      There are many varieties of socialism, which fall within these two broad forms.

      The USSR and other Marxist-inspired approaches are not the only way to go about creating a better socioeconomic system.

      "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

      by ZhenRen on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:08:04 PM PST

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