When people use the term "commie" in a degrading manner, I don't understand because to me the difnition of communism a society in which all property is owned by the community and a head of state or something.
sorry if my defnitions are rusty, i'm still learning about this stuff.
it's similar to an anarcchist society (which to me is an ideal society) so i don't understand why communism is such a bad thing. maybe its just American propoganda?
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I think its because people are used to be rich and entitled and can't fathom the thought of being equal to the poor in society - the farmers, the labourers, the construction workers - they have been rich their entire lives and cannot imagine living a poor life.1
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It is indeed American propaganda. Americans generally have an intense hate of communism, mostly completely unfounded. This has a lot of historical reasons (cold war and all that). Basically, communism still gets wrongfully put on the same level as "totalitarian" in the United States. When Americans think of communism, they think of the Soviet Union, of North Korea and these kind of countries. Of course, this is complete rubbish. I consider myself a communist/socialist and I have absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for these nations. What Stalin did in the Soviet Union has very little to do with actual communism (good old Karl Marx would have most likely hated Stalin and all those other "communist" idiots). The problem with communism is that nobody can give you a REAL definition of what it is. When you hear things about it in America, it's mostly stuff that the Republican party or Fox news spread to scare people. The truth is, that Karl Marx himself wrote very, very little about communism. When you read the "Communist Manifesto" (which I did), you will find out that 95% of what Karl Marx talks about is actually - believe it or not - capitalism. Why so, you ask? Karl Marx saw himself as an economist and a philosopher. His job was not so much to explain how exactly to build a new system, he mostly wanted to criticise capitalism. People (and especially Americans) love to say stuff like "Communism just doesn't work". The truth is: capitalism works even less. If you look at America, you can see at every corner how capitalism has failed to work. It creates extremely unequal societies. These social inequalities then lead to a huge number of further problems, from crime, to unemployment, to social conflicts, to teenage pregnancies and a reduced life span. If you at the world as a whole, you will see that ironically, it is not Americas who are doing the best but people in "socialist" countries such as Sweden or Norway. These people are being voted the happiest in the world, year after year. Karl Marx saw these problems capitalism creates and he wanted to show them to the world. He believed a new system was not just necessary, but in fact the only option. He did however, not say very much about that system. I do agree with you that left-wing anarchism has quiet a lot in common with communism. I believe both systems have their advantages and a mix would probably be the best. The main pillars of both ideas are social cohesion, material humility, equality and freedom.1