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folder icon   10-16-2008, 11:58 AM
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could someone explain it to me? what it means and stands for and philosophies and all that?

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folder icon   10-16-2008, 12:18 PM
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What do you know about it so far?

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folder icon   10-16-2008, 01:24 PM
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only the "government owns everything" bit

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folder icon   10-16-2008, 04:03 PM
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Which is kinda hilarious since Marx's original idea implies that a communist system is one without state or governement. Today it is impossible to give a water proof definition of communism since the term's meaning varies so much depending on the context of use. The "governement owns everything" definition may be true in a given context such as the Soviet version of Communism.

If one is concerned only about what Marx himself ment with the term, the best definition in my view is to see communism as an open-ended historical process that derives from the internal contradictions of capitalism and can only become reality after a revolution of some sort. "The future's society is created in the womb of the old one" is his famous quote on this.

The Hegelian philosophy of the Enlightment that supposes that the accumulation of knowledge will lead inevitably to a better understanding and thus control of the social forces around us is one of Marx's arguments. This is called historical determinism which has been recently critisized by modern sociologists (like Anthony Giddens) due to the fact that modernisation has made predicting the future harder and not easier as the theory of the accumulation of knowledge implies.

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folder icon   10-17-2008, 01:16 PM
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Tell me about Soviet Communism? i'm looking for the government communism mainly, then the philosiphy.

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folder icon   10-17-2008, 03:00 PM
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I'd suggest it might be more efficient if you checked what Wiki has to offer first since I'm not an expert on this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econom...he_Soviet_Union

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folder icon   10-18-2008, 06:41 AM
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Yes, there's a lot to be found on the Soviet Union, but please don't take the shortcut and think that what they did in the Soviet Union is the one and only 'true communism'.

The ideal is the absence of state and social/economical inequalities. To say it in a crude way, in the Soviet approach, the way to communism (which is called socialism) is to force people to accept this until it's become their nature.

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folder icon   10-19-2008, 11:47 AM
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The ideal is the absence of state and social/economical inequalities.

He means it's stupid and impossible.

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folder icon   10-19-2008, 02:32 PM
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I was surprised to find that there is a course in communism at my univerity.

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Where do you live?

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Eerie.

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No, Sweden.

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