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What is the main advantage and disadvantage of communism?

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skittlesaurus... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM via web

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What is the main advantage and disadvantage of communism?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 24, 2012 at 1:56 PM (Answer #1)

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If communism worked the way it is supposed to in theory, the main advantage would be that it would be a fair system.  People would not have to work hard, only to remain poor.  They would not have others get rich off of their hard work.

The major disadvantage of communism is that it doesn't work.  Communism relies on the ability of government to plan an economy.  But an economy is too big to be centrally planned.  Communism relies on people to work hard and do their absolute best without any tangible incentive to do so.  It does not appeal to people's selfish desires the way capitalism does.  For these reasons and others, it has never worked the way it is supposed to.

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