You know, I’m convinced that in THEORY, Communism is awesome. But it does not work because people are greedy, selfish and materialistic. That’s the reason communism failed so badly in the countries that have tried it. What they were doing in the end had very little to do with the original thoughts of communism. True communism = utopia. And I think that’s where socialism and marxism got a bad name, especially in a communist-hating/fearing country like America. Of course, some aspects of marxism/socialism/communism/whatever can be disagreed upon, but the current free democrary with capitalism also has SERIOUS flaws. It’s just another way of doing things, and I like the theory. Not the pratice..
And I don’t really know much about Hugo Chavez, cause we don’t really get any news from that area over here. What has he done wrong? I know America doesn’t really like him and the media are probably saying bad things about him. But isn’t that just because Hugo doesn’t like America and America is afraid of people they regard as communists?
Ok I just saw he’s regarded as an autocrat. That’s wrong and has nothing to do with marxism or socialism. For the rest he seems like someone with nice ideologies to me..
Anyway, let me try to find some common ground here, so that we can meet in the middle. Because it seems to me that the discussion is mainly driven by a different interpretation of several concepts…
Airspeed, you say
I believe in helping the less fortunate and poor as long as they respect the help that they receive from those that give a helping hand (this includes foreign and domestic aid)
You’re being a socialist there
Plus, from Wikipedia:
“Pure communism” in the Marxian sense refers to a classless, stateless and oppression-free society where decisions on what to produce and what policies to pursue are made democratically, allowing every member of society to participate in the decision-making process in both the political and economic spheres of life.
So yeah. Communism and democracy are not opposites. Not at all.