• WordNet 3.6
    • n communism a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society
    • n communism a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the fathers of communism, wrote 500 articles for the "New York Tribune" from 1851 to 1862.
    • n Communism A scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all.☞ At different times, and in different countries, various schemes pertaining to socialism in government and the conditions of domestic life, as well as in the distribution of wealth, have been called communism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n communism An economic system, or theory, which rests upon the total or partial abolition of the right of private property, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state. The right of the state to control the means of production, and also the distribution and consumption of the products of industry, is in general especially emphasized by the advocates of the theory. In some communistic schemes the right of the individual to the control of his own labor is also denied, each one being required to do that which is most advantageous to the community as a whole. Such theories, differing in details, have frequently been advanced—by Plato in his “Republic,” by Sir Thomas More in his “Utopia,” and in recent times by many writers—and have not infrequently been carried into execution on a small scale, as in the Oneida Community. See community.
    • n communism Communalism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Communism kom′ū-nizm a theory or condition of things according to which private property should be abolished, and all things held in common
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  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.”
  • Karl Marx
    “A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism.”
  • George Orwell
    “The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.”
  • Pierre Joseph Proudhon
    Pierre Joseph Proudhon
    “Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak.”
  • Ernest Renan
    “Communism is in conflict with human nature.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. communisme, fr. commun, common


In literature:

Bosnia contains various iron works and coal mines, where profession is made of Communism.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
Higgins and Kropotkin have here put co-operative socialism or communism in a nutshell both as to its aim and program.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
The abolition of existing property relations is not at all a distinctive feature of Communism.
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
The conflict was one of principles: communism against individualism.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
Communism in its grossest form was recommended by Diogenes of Sinope.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
This desperate act of Communism that tough-headed old lawyer, Prynne, opposed tooth and nail.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The basis of his view is a belief in an ancient communism in women.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
Kropotkin has finally broken with the Communism of Proudhon, and placed Anarchist Communism in its stead.
"Anarchism" by E. V. Zenker
An ascetic communism patterned on that of Sparta was the first form which the new teachings assumed.
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels

In poetry:

Whenever Communism's snaky head
Is raised against the heel of Capital,
I want it crushed 'neath Law's majestic tread,
And yet would heed poor honest labor's call.
"The Great Strike" by Albery Allson Whitman

In news:

Top Obama capitalist praising communism.
One of the president's top capitalists says communism works.
His rags-to- riches tale is remarkable not just for its trajectory but for the way he has thrived amid China's seemingly impossible conflation of capitalism and communism.
Head of Obama's Jobs Council: 'State-Run Communism ' Actually 'Works'.
Obama's jobs council head and the CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt believes that Communism is alive and well in China.
President Bush, attending the dedication of a memorial to an estimated 100 million victims of communist regimes, yesterday compared the fight against radical Islam to the Cold War battle against totalitarian communism .
The simple but stirring Memorial to the Victims of Communism captures that agony with six sculptures of a man in progressive decay.
Communism & The Cold War.
What is this communism .
I am grateful to Arch Puddington, himself a stalwart ally of the forces of freedom during the cold war, for his thoughtful review of my book, The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism .
"Faith in Marxism and a belief in socialism and communism is the political soul of a Communist and the spiritual pillar that allows a Communist to withstand any test," Mr Xi said.
The secretive rituals of communism seem so old-fashioned, so far removed from the reality of people's everyday lives here, both from the dynamic, throbbing parts of the economy to the countryside, where people feel they're being left behind.
In other words, he explained, anti-communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire.
Growing up, I felt our nation was united by several core beliefs: Opposition to communism, pride in our space program and agreement in the greatness and goodness of America.
European Union member state's seventh free general election since the fall of communism in 1989.

In science:

The latter through the centuries has given us the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Bil l of Rights, and, with the trivial changes of sign, marxism, communism, socialism, and all the other perversims.
And free lunch for all...
This theme contains various national (opposition, corruption and Russia), international (Chechnya, NATO, Poland and Ukraine) and general (socialism, democracy and anti-communism) political topics.
Inference of the Russian drug community from one of the largest social networks in the Russian Federation