This was actually a topic suggestion from The Daily Post that I didn’t have time to write when it was suggested. But I bookmarked it as something I would like to write about cause I thought it sounded a very interesting topic!
I’m no politics expert so this is just my lay interpretation, excuse any errors! 😉
So, here goes. As usual when I tackle things like this I like to start with some definitions of the key words…
First we have ‘official dictionary definitions:
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.2. (often initial capital letter) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.3. ( initial capital letter ) the principles and practices of the Communist party.
1. A state of society without government or law.
2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
3.a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.4.confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.
And for fun the Urban Dictionary definitions:
Yet another of the misbegotten, utopian visions that fails to live up to reality. Socialism is said to be a tool for the workers, but it is often touted and implemented by a very few that believe humans will act like robots.Socialism is dead. Stop drinking coffee and smoking in your coffeehouse and get a job.
Something that, in theory, is a good idea. Communism is an ideal that believes that everyone should share everything, so that poverty wouldn’t exist, and there wouldn’t be a gap between richer and poorer classes. The problem is, communist governments become corrupt, because people are greedy, so it doesn’t work.Person One: Why’s that country so messed up?
Person Two: They just got rid of communism, and are now trying to put their country back together.
Mostly seen now adays when posers write it on there bags or hands. They never have any idea what it means, and probably have no interest in politics whatsoever.A system of government where there is no governement.Many punks say they want anarchy without knowing what it is. Most do this as their punk heroes said it who heard it from the Sex Pistols. While it works in theory (everyone helps each other, no authority) it will not work in real life as with a lack of government, humans will run riot. People will be terrified and band together for protection.Therefore tribes will spring up who will then ally and become towns. Society will start all over againAnarchy is an ideal, which like communism will never work due to human nature.
I love Urban Dictionary, it makes such fun of explaining things in a different way! lol
Anyway, back to the discussion…
What do Socialism, communism and anarchy have in common?
Well for starters all three are terms that get misunderstood and misrepresented, so they do have things in common if only for this simple fact.
Equality is the underlying theme that binds all three terms, socialism, communism and anarchy are all opposed to private ownership and all opposed to capitalism
What is the difference between socialism, communism and anarchy?
The basis of each is as follows:
Socialism – supports economic controls but allows for some accumulation of wealth. Social restrictions are significantly weaker, the few control the many, a belief in collective ownership, democratic control of the material means of production by the workers and the people, a stage on route to communism. Government control, a mainly economic based principle. Distribution of wealth is based on effort.
Communism – no private ownership, egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general. A political and economic based principle. Distribution of wealth is based on need. The many control the few.
Anarchy – a cooperative socialist gift economy, in which goods are freely produced and distributed according to need freedom, peace, chaos, lawlessness, no government, without leader, disorder. Non in control.
Therefore the differences are:
- whether there is a political or economic basis,
- the means and entitlement to distribution of wealth, and ownership
- and the number of people of control of the society in question
Socialism, communism and anarchy have various similarities and differences as described above, but overall they are three theoretically ideal principles that fail to thrive in reality as a result of human nature, namely greed.
Of course any detailed discussions on this topic inevitably lead to discussion of Marxism, Fascism, Nazi’s, Germany, Russia, China, Democracy and Capitalism, but I’m going to leave it at this more simple explanation of the commonalities and differences for now, or I will be here all week! lol
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