Communism

Discipline: Economics

Communism refers to an ideal society which is supposed to be a continuation of the socialist system.

In the world-wide communist society, the authority of the state is no more, and people are free and equal as proletarians.

Also see: capitalism, socialism

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of ideal society.

The management of material resources should be a common enterprise of the whole society.

A communist society would be characterized by the absence of private property, classes based on economic possession, or any form of state. The term was loosely and strictly nonsensically applied to the state socialist regimes of Eastern Europe between 1917 and 1989.

Communism is thus a form of communalism.

Source:
David Miller et al., The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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