There is no “Soviet-style communism”; pretty much the only difference between “pure” marxism and marxism-leninism is the idea of democratic centralism (organisational model where lower organs are part of the decision-making processes of the higher organs) and the role of the communist party as a guiding force. “USSR was not truly communist” makes sense only when intending “communism” as the final stage of society, the ultimate classless subjective-objective illumination and cessation of government and state by perfect unity with the people, as opposed to someone or something whose final aim is the aforementioned condition.
So given that, by the time of Stalin and certainly later leaders, the priorities of the USSR had moved away from “the final stage of society, the ultimate classless subjective-objective illumination and cessation of government and state by perfect unity with the people” towards the preservation and expansion of the existing heavy-handed, top-down, autocratic system, the USSR was communist in name only for most of its existence?
I have a teacher formerly resident in a “communist” country who says his country never fully reached communism because he uses that definition.
Does it really matter what true communism is? Some people just want to read the comic.
OK, so let’s consider one thing; communism in it’s roots was thought to be an utopia. Sadly, utopia can not exist, so it always turned from utopia to anti-utopia. QED
Do you mean dystopia? I don’t think “anti-utopia” is a thing.
He might as well be calling Llewelyn a republican democrat.
Would it be bad form to point out that the Democratic-Republicans were once a major party? ^_~
No not at all
I like Jeremy’s sideways look just before he pulverizes Ozy.
Ozy, take no offence. Jeremy just isn’t wise enough to fully grasp the concept of your higher-level thinking.
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