The means of production belongs to the state rather than the individual. The individual himself actually belongs to the state as well because the individual is also the means of production. In a communist government the state is the Father and Mother of the people and the people enjoy the liberty of choice by the permission of the state as a member of a collective.
Communism is also defined as:
- 1. A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective] ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
- 2. Communism
- a. A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
- b. The Marxist-Leninist doctrine advocating revolution to overthrow the capitalist system and establish a dictatorship of the proletariat that will eventually evolve into a perfectly egalitarian and communal society.
In order to lock people into a communist state force would be required, hens the use of an iron curtain to keep people in most communist countries until socialism becomes a way of life.
Communism may be considered an extreme form of socialism. Many countries have dominant socialist political parties but very few are truly communist. In fact, most countries - including staunch capitalist bastions like the U.S. and U.K. yet they may have many government programs that borrow from socialist principles.
"Socialism" has some academic differences from pure communism. Most notably, while communism is a political system, socialism is primarily an economic system but relies on various forms of political systems.
While both systems imagine that you can have a philosophy "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" in Socialism there is often allowed some profit motivation by distribution among the society to complement individual effort.
Both systems are dependent upon a general spirit of coveting of the production of your neighbor. Anyone who produces more will be required by the collective state to contribute more which will dampen if not take away some of the natural altruism of the individual.
Providing for the true and honest needs of your fellow man has always been considered a duty of society. The manner of the fulfillment of that duty determines the soul of society. The fulfillment of that duty to our fellowman at one time was an essential part of the definition of Religion. Charity for your neighbor will no longer be a personal or individual choice but an imposed duty. In a truly christian society charity remains a choice and the pious performance of that duty to our fellowman through voluntary means was the definition of Pure Religion.
This is why communist countries often war against religions. Pure Religion makes the need for communism or even socialism superfluous. As Rome became more and more a Socialist state moving away from the Republic and depending upon the state as the Benefactors of the people creating the Christian conflict with the public Temples of Rome.
The Communist and Socialist states are religious institutions that depend upon force rather than charity to provide for society through the institutions of governments. Even if you only want to use the most modern definition of religion, "What you think about a supreme beings" even an Atheist has a religion because he has an opinion about who is the supreme beings Once you understand that faith in communism is a religion you understand why it eventually wars against anyone trying to practice Pure Religion without depending upon the Covetous Practices of the modern socialist, communist or collective State.
John the Baptist was against the use of force in creating the altruistic society of Christianity. Christ forbid the use of force for all Christians in providing the benefits of society and warned against covetousness through the Ten Commandments in His directives about Eternal life and Corban of the Socialism of the Pharisees.
In fact you cannot be a Communist nor even a socialist and a Christian at the same time. if we are going define a Christian as someone who believes Jesus and wants to do what he said. Socialism relies upon men who call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other.
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