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    Well, a quite interesting discussion started in the lounge about these topics.

    My view:

    Yes, Marx can be seen as father of all communism, but it was never his intention to create communism. There is a huge difference between marxism and communism. One can say that the idea of Marx put into practice can be called communism. The idea was good.....what people made of it isn't. Communism is most certainly NOT socialism. Those two things get mixed up very often, but are in reality quite different. Communism is about absolute equality, which doesn't work because there are always people who want more and have the means to get more. Socialism is about equality too, agreed, but not in the same way ; socialism says that the people who are most capable of leading a nation( for example) should do everything to make it as good as possible for everyone, they should live for the people so to speak.

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    I totally agree...Socialism is more linked to Marxism than Communism..
    Communism can work in theory..but in practice it's human nature for one person to want more and others suffer because of that. Socialism is quite different.

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    Hmmmm... interesting point, but in communism Equality goes as far as living some have over done it others belittled it.

    Communism in its essence is Socialism with as you say more for the common man.
    The socialist Views is of Islamic origin which if you look at it is indeed almost what communism is, equality for all, people live the same and have the same stuff and none are excluded due to there social class.

    The main bulk of of it all is the fact that all facilities are public and shared by all those deemed as nationals of the state, you cannot purchase a better life you all have the same education the same hospital care the same protection.

    As for the Marx I need to look into that a little bit more as I am not 100% on that particular subject.

    But as for Socialism and Communism, they are in essence one and the same, with a few extra's either side.

    And Marx is seen as the Father of Communism but I believe that later people saw Lenin to be the father.

    A small note though in Lenins will he stated that Stalin should not have power for his psycotic tendancies.

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    That's all very well but....Communism is very different to Socialism, true, they're on the same side of the political fence, but thats where the similarities end.
    In an ideal world Communism is a great idea, but it just doesn't work, Socialism on the other hand is being proved to work throughout the world, except for perhaps here in Britain, where the ruling Socialist party are edging further and further to the right of centre of the spectrum.

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    No, Marx is the creator of the idea, not of what other people made of it.
    In a communist regime everyone should be equal, but they are not because people need leaders. Those leaders tell others how to live and in this world, in this reality, such a regime can only survive with very very low standards and there is no one who wants to live like that. In the Sovjet Union a very small percentage of the population had most of the money while the biggest part was starving or freezing to death out on the street, and that's when it's almost the same as fascism (ty m ).
    Socialism accepts the idea that there should be leaders and offers people the choice to choose their own leaders. Everyone is given the same things, yes, but only the most necessary things. It is allowed to get more if you work harder, which is normal. That's why communism doesn't work. Some people don't work, other people work very hard but they all get the same thing, which isn't much. Socialism says that everyone has the RIGHT to have his basic needs satisfied, when someone wants more he/she has to work for it

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    Originally posted by mrcall1969@31 October 2003 - 21:37
    That's all very well but....Communism is very different to Socialism, true, they're on the same side of the political fence, but thats where the similarities end.
    In an ideal world Communism is a great idea, but it just doesn't work, Socialism on the other hand is being proved to work throughout the world, except for perhaps here in Britain, where the ruling Socialist party are edging further and further to the right of centre of the spectrum.
    Thats the thing though, Both are not true to the exact words, if both where true then you would be hard pressed to find differences.

    People played with those two ideas and now it is distorted into something that is no longer recognized by the Original ideals that where set in place.

    In the true sence of both words they should be very similiar, but we cannot control those who wish to change them and have the power to.

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    Originally posted by Skweeky@31 October 2003 - 21:42
    No, Marx is the creator of the idea, not of what other people made of it.
    In a communist regime everyone should be equal, but they are not because people need leaders. Those leaders tell others how to live and in this world, in this reality, such a regime can only survive with very very low standards and there is no one who wants to live like that. In the Sovjet Union a very small percentage of the population had most of the money while the biggest part was starving or freezing to death out on the street, and that's when it's almost the same as fascism (ty m ).
    Socialism accepts the idea that there should be leaders and offers people the choice to choose their own leaders. Everyone is given the same things, yes, but only the most necessary things. It is allowed to get more if you work harder, which is normal. That's why communism doesn't work. Some people don't work, other people work very hard but they all get the same thing, which isn't much. Socialism says that everyone has the RIGHT to have his basic needs satisfied, when someone wants more he/she has to work for it
    If it was implimented to the truth, every one would be given sufficient funds, equality is not ment by the size of house but the quality in which you live.

    Rich people ate while poor people starved, it was aiming to stop such things. To purchase things and so on that is upto the individual not the state.

    It comes down to the implimentation of it and the person doing the implimentation.

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    Are you saying communism was aimed at stopping people from starving?

    Tsaristic (sp?) Russia created a huge problem, and there was a lot of poverty, all Lenin did was look at the problem, saw the genious of it and manipulated the system to his own advantage....THAT is communism. You are confusing two different things


    BTW: I am surprised no one is offended with the fact you have a pic of Stalin in your sig....if you'd have one of Hitler (because they're equally bad) you'd be kicked of the board in no time....

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    Originally posted by Skweeky@31 October 2003 - 21:56
    Are you saying communism was aimed at stopping people from starving?

    Tsaristic (sp?) Russia created a huge problem, and there was a lot of poverty, all Lenin did was look at the problem, saw the genious of it and manipulated the system to his own advantage....THAT is communism. You are confusing two different things
    Trotski saw the advantage, Lenin saw the advantage, these minds where aiming to use the resources of Russia to benifit all.
    The communists aim was just that for all to benifit from the rewards of mother russia.

    You cannot blaim the failing of it on the idea, but you can blame it on the man.

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