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What are the main features of the Communism form of government?

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riticool | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM via web

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What are the main features of the Communism form of government?

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Communism is an ideology and a political and economic system for managing economies and countries. The essence of communism, or its close cousin socialism, is in that all capital or means of production are owned and operated by the society or the government rather than by by individuals as their private property. This communistic government is a government that governs a country based on this principle of socialism or communism.

However, governments in different countries have attempted to implement these ideals of communism in different ways and have achieved varying degree of success. There is no accepted definition of communistic form of government that reasonably covers the characteristics of all such governments. As a matter of fact the description of communist form of government given by different people is greatly influenced by their sympathies towards the ideal of public ownership of means of production.

Countries opposed to communism frequently describe themselves as democratic country as opposed to communist countries, implying that communist government are not democratic. However communist governments themselves like to claim that they have been elected democratically to manage the affairs of their country. Actually, in India some of the states have been governed by communist part, without in any way violating the democratic nature of Indian government system.

However, it would not be incorrect to say that in general communist government around the world have used force and coercion to implement their ideals to a greater extent than democratic governments. Also, in many instances the elections to elect the representatives are so organized that only selected few people who are members of the official communist party can manage to get elected.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM (Answer #2)

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One primary feature of Communism would be the expanded role of the government in economic matters.  The essence of any Communist government calls for a government or external body controlling the means of production.  There is little, if any, room for private enterprise or the free market, as the public realm has subsumed the private one.  Accordingly, there is a very strong and present role of government in Communist nations.  The apparatus of government is quite present in such societies and permeates many, if not all, levels of existence.  There would be little in way of opposition as the public realm controlled and represented by the government once again subsumes all.  As with most state controlled industry, economic growth and development of gross national product runs through the government's control.

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