What exactly are communists about?

I've always heard about them but i never really learned what they are about. i always get either biased opinions or "communists are, well communists." i heard that they were atheists who killed Christians and wanted to make new laws. is that true? can somebody explain it all more to me


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  • I'm doing a master's degree in history, so I will try to approach this question from a somewhat historic perspective. What's of paramount importance to understand about communism is that Karl Marx, the "inventor" of communism, never actually said much about it. Many uninformed people like to claim all kinds of things about communism but most of these things are either just made up stuff or things that later historical figures who CLAIMED to be communists said.
    Marx was a philosopher and, like myself, a historian. As a scientist and learned man, he didn't care so much about the exact way a utopian society would look like. This is why, when you read his "Communist Manifesto", you will in fact find very little information of how humanity could actually achieve a communist society. Instead, Marx was interested in the current system and why it doesn't work. He understood that not only is society extremely unequal but that capitalism, against its promise to make you rich, doesn't actually work. Marx developed a complex philosophical theory called "Historical Materialism". Of course I can't go into all the details here but in a nutshell, historical materialism says two important things: all history so far was the history of class struggle and it happens because of the material (economic) superstructure in our society. Contrary to what many people believe, Marx didn't think rich people were evil. He did believe that rich people such as factory owners exploited their workers but he believed that they were themselves forced to do this because of their social background. The basic concept of Marx's thought was that capitalism doesn't work because it makes humans into egoistic beings who want to compete and fight each other rather than work together. I'll give you an example of what a historical materialist would say about the current state of the world: as you perhaps know, economies world wide are struggling and their societies with them. Many jobs are being lost due to automatization, wages go down etc. This will increase in the coming decades. More people will become unemployed or working poor. Naturally, this can't go on forever. At one point, the despair of the suppressed will turn into wrath and a big war will break out (as has happened in the 1930s). This war will destroy tons of resources (just like world war two did). After the war, many people will be dead and the few people who are left have to rebuild their society (as it happened in the 1950s in

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    • Europe). For some time, worker's rights will be great. Everyone will have lots of work and get good wages (because there is a lot of demand for workers but not much supply). However, as times go on and the society becomes more stable again, employment will drop once again. The people in the upper class will start to work for their own profit again and the whole thing starts over again. In other words: capitalism is like a vicious cycle that you can't get out of. As long as we have it, we will slip from one crisis into the next, from one big war into the next. Whether you like Marx or not, this is something that most people agree with.
      Now, Marx said that the only way to escape this vicious cycle is to create a society where the cause of this vicious cycle is not existent anymore, and that's the exploitation of others for your own profit. It is generally agreed that this would be a classless society. But like I said, we know very little about what Marx actually wanted to do to get to

    • a communist system. He was actually an expert on capitalism. He understood in great detail why capitalism doesn't work but he didn't exactly know how we could find a solution to the problem. One thing is clear however: capitalism does not mean dictatorship. In fact, it means the very opposite. The word communism refers to "communes", so basically small units of people who live independently. Especially left-wing communism has some resemblence to anarchism or anarcho-syndicalism (which is what famous American linguist Noam Chomsky supports). Many people from the 20th century have claimed to be communists but it is questionable whether they actually were. Both the Soviet Union and China have almost nothing to do with communism. Cuba is more like socialism with a dictatorial government. So the question is actually quite difficult to answer. In my opinion, real communism has never existed, which is why you can't exactly say what it's like.

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  • no social classes and private property I think

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  • Communists are those who believe either in some kind of communism. I think the are divided by which kind of communism they believe, like Marxist, Leninist, Maoist, Trotskyst, among other kinds.

    Indeed, they killed lots of people, assassinated those that were against their revolution and some parts of the population of communist countries like the Soviet Union and China people starved to death.

    To be pretty honest I'm against any kind of communism, either "real" marxist communism, which I think would NEVER work in our society, or the crap dictators did since the last century, this one for obvious reasons.

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  • Im no political major so trust if a more educated person responds.

    Its a form of government where all produce and services are owned or controlled by the govenment and dolled oit appropriatly.

    On paper, its a fantastic idea - but real life implementations shows a stunted growth of innovation and advancements. Additionally, there is a shocking amount of opportunity for corruption by the people in charge.

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  • Communists believe that the private ownership of capital is immoral, and the capital must be commonly owned by the workers. That's basically it.

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  • Communists believe that money should be spread evenly throughout the economy

    No matter what job

    Or how hard they work

    Communism doesn't exactly work. Socialism and capitalism do, to a point.

    Atheists, killing the Christians? Lol wtf r u reading?

    Atheists aren't known for killing anybody.

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    • i didn't say all atheists kill christians, i meant they happened to be atheists and they killed christians. not saying atheists and killing go hand in hand.

    • Yah, but there's not really a specific event where atheists tried to kill Christians. Not like Christians and Muslims in the crusades.

  • Communists like Bernie Sanders are scumbags that try to un-Americanize America and de-Christianize Christianity. Communists are another name for Democrats. Do not vote for them as they do not represent the interests of the common man. Vote for Trump.

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    • I'll go wherever I want to go. You might be in favor of a North-Korea-like dictatorship in America but unfortunately for you it's a democracy and as such, it doesn't allow to keep out people based on political views or race etc. Tough luck for you.

  • about having sex for free

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  • They generally believe the means of production should be owned by the community, that is to say the machinery and resources like land and minerals should not be owned by an individual or group. Also that the labor it takes to make something is the measure of it's value as opposed to the market idea of value where a thing is worth whatever someone will give you for it. Because of this communists generally have a command economy where bureaucrats rather than market forces decide what will be produced and how much.

    They are generally materialists, that is to say they believe there is noting in the world but mechanical processes. People are essentially machines made of meat and so they are hostile to religion which they regard as a delusion which has been used to control people against their best interests.

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