In Reply to: Are Communist Parties Anti-communist? posted by Satya Gabriel on October 5, 1998 at 08:02:03:
These types of discussion are always difficult to have since our definitions of these economic systems are rarely defined specifically. And of course, as with nearly evrything that is devised by a genious and implemented by others, the whole ideology often fails to be realized in the lives of everyday people. I think the main reason for this is the fact that these ideologies, these economic systems, are implemented by people who have a dream for the future of their nations (China and Mao are perfect examples) but view themselves amongst the few who are actually capable of attaining goals and dreams. Power hunger then becomes a factor. And these goals, these ideals are turned into something that serves the needs of the officials or leaders implementing it, and the original ideas become diluted if not forgotten. In China, for example, after the landlords of the rural areas (or any land owners, really) were subject to public beatings, even executions, for upholding the evil system of feudalism. Then, the "communes" were created, and everyone was forced (not necessarily violently, but no one had a choice) to work for a surplus that would then be siphoned off by the government. It was essentially a state-run feudalist enterprise, but the CCP would never see it that way. The power has never been transferred to the people, and never will be, because the Chinese government views its subjects as too incompetent to run matters collectively (this I've learned from personal experience, feel free to disagree). In my opinion, Communism will always be as flawed as capitalism or any other system (or religion, even) that is theoretically wonderful, but implemented by humans.
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