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Why Communism Does Not Work

The reasons why communism has not, does not and will never work.

Communism is defined as a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general.

I would like to start off by calling into question the economics of a communist country. Communist economics requires people to work for the desire to produce for use rather than profit. Under this system a person has no motive to work harder and therefore increase economic output by the metaphorical, but some times far too literal, gun pointed at their head. Under a communist system the economy would be a planed economy in which all property is owned by the State and all key economic decisions are made centrally by the State, such extensive nationalisation lead to the collapse of the world’s first communist country the USSR in 1991 due in large part to economic factors. The fact that Mikhail Gorbachev turned to Perestroika a quasi communist economic system that stipulated state enterprises were free to determine output levels based on demand from consumers and other enterprises after they had fulfilled state orders. This semi-capitalist system that the last soviet general sectary had to turn too in an attempt to stave of becoming totally bankrupt highlights one of the many flaws in communism.

History also shows that communism does not and can not work. After the October revolution of 1917 in Russia, which was the first time a party of a Marxist persuasion took power in any country, and from this moment on it has been shown that communism is inherently flawed. From the moment the Bolsheviks seized power they showed that communism is not the egalitarian and classless party they profess to be. The Bolsheviks fought a civil war against their fellow proletariat during which about 1.5 million people died. The communists in Russia under Stalin went on to commit the great purge sometimes known as Stalin’s holocaust were 681,692 to nearly 2,000,000 (just 10% of the people who died under Stalin) were murdered for their politics in the name of communism. The Union of soviet socialist republics is far from the only country were atrocities were committed in the name of communism, in Cambodia Pol Pots actions caused the death of up to 1.7 million people, about 26% of the population of Cambodia. In the peoples republic of china about half a million people were killed during the cultural revolution of 1966—1969, in 1989 the Tiananmen Square protests saw the death 2,000 to 3,000 people calling for “more democracy” I could go on and on with a list of crime committed by communists but instead I will jus give you some numbers:

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  1. Coal Hill Johnny

    On April 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm


    liked it a lot. I tried a communism/socialism experiment in the classroom once and was fascinated by the response. I told the students that all students’ test scores would pooled and divided equally. Essentially once the kids realized that the outcome for all students was going to be the same, the effort uniformly stopped. The A students said why bother and the f students said why worry.

  2. Dorian Smith

    On June 21, 2009 at 5:40 am


    Ironically, this article is \”inherently flawed.\” I could bear the occasional spelling mistakes, but when you arrived at the conclusion that the proletariat is non-existent I was astounded.

    @ Coal Hill Johnny, that \’experiment\’ does not resemble communism or socialism at all. Perhaps you should limit yourself to primary school education, as communism and socialism is clearly beyond your grasp.

  3. Observer

    On September 9, 2009 at 7:53 am


    Dorian Smith: You should explain why the article is inherently flawed. Explain why you were astounded at the conclusion. You should explain why the experiment does not represent communism or socialism.

    Your negative comments with no explanation add little if anything to the discussion.

  4. Dale

    On January 8, 2011 at 10:51 am


    Dorian Smith you are an idiot

  5. B

    On February 21, 2011 at 9:35 am


    Yeah Dorian Smith, it actually does resemble communism. Your argument is a simple Ad Hominem attack and has no value and shows your lack of intelligence.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticisms_of_Marxism#Reduced_incentives

  6. matt

    On March 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm


    im sorry….. but if you gave communism a chance in the west then it mite work…. SOVIET RUSSIA….. every time there has been a communist country america has stapped it out because they dont want the domino affect to happen… chilli.. qeuba there just some countrys that america attacked because of communism… you should give it a chance in the west… because at the end of the day capitalism is not working…..

    i could go on for hours… but its pointless to type it all and all i have in my head.

    your’s sincerely matt

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