What Communism Is Like

People are often afraid of communism because it’s been characterized as a super-authoritarian political system. But is this characterization fair? Here’s what life under communism is really like.

the government is all powerful

In communism, the government controls all aspects of life. It owns all businesses and industries; it prints money; it determines what you can buy or sell; it oversees the healthcare system; it creates policy that affects international relations and trade. Its reach is so pervasive that you’re never far away from some form of control by the state.

It’s hard to imagine a more totalitarian system than communism—and yet its grip on its citizens was remarkable for how long it lasted (70 years in China). The reason for this is simple: The world has changed dramatically since the time when communist governments were widespread across Europe, Asia and South America—but those governments have not. They still control their economies with an iron fist and treat anyone who disagrees with them as enemies of the state.

social mobility is limited

Moving is not an option. You can’t go out and find a job that pays more, or switch schools. If you get married and have kids, they’ll be stuck in the same neighborhood as you are. Even if you’re unhappy with your current living situation or lack of social mobility, it’s unlikely that much will change in your life unless something drastic happens (e.g., natural disaster).

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In addition to this feeling of stagnation, there’s also a psychological aspect to moving within communism: people tend to stay put because their entire identity—what makes them unique—is tied up in where they live and what is familiar about it; leaving would mean losing part of themselves along with all the good memories associated with home.[2]

there is no wealth inequality

Communism is a state in which everyone is equal and there is no wealth inequality. No one can be rich or poor, and no one can fall into an in-between category of wealth that’s more or less equal to anyone else’s. In this way, communism aligns with the underlying principle of democracy: it assumes that all people are naturally equal and should therefore have equal opportunities to succeed in life regardless of how much money they were born into or how hard they work toward success.

It’s important to note that equality under communism does not mean that everyone has the same amount of money (or things). Instead, what matters is whether individuals’ basic needs are met before any other goals come into play—a concept known as egalitarianism. For example, if you’re hungry but someone else has just enough food for themselves tomorrow without sharing any extra with you today (even though they wouldn’t miss it), then there would still be a level playing field between yourself and this person even though your bank accounts might look different at first glance!

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The government is focused on serving the people, not making a profit.

The government is the only business. The government is the only employer. It provides jobs for everyone in its employ, from doctors to janitors and everything in between.

The government owns all the land and buildings in a country under communism, including homes, businesses, schools and factories. Everything belongs to them – there are no private property rights under communism because everything belongs to everyone!

The government owns all of your money too! They print what they need whenever they want more capital (money). They also pay you with coupons that can be used at their stores for goods and services provided by other companies owned by them too!

everybody has a job

Unlike capitalism, communism does not favor the individual. Instead, it values the collective good above all else. As such, when you live in a communist society, there’s no such thing as getting fired—even if we wanted to fire someone for being lazy or incompetent or a bad employee or boss! That’s because everyone is employed by the state and cannot be fired by anyone other than their government job. This may sound like a nightmare scenario that nobody would want to live through (especially if you were laid off from your previous job under capitalism), but I assure you: there are upsides as well!

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communism also has pluses and minuses

Communism also has pluses and minuses. It’s important to remember that the world is not black and white, but shades of gray. While communism may be ideal in some ways, there are many drawbacks to it as well.

  • Communism means everyone gets paid equally. This makes sense because we all contribute equally to society, right? Well…maybe not so much. Some people are more productive than others and therefore should be paid more for their work—this is basic economics 101!
  • In a communist country you don’t need money at all! Sounds great until you realize how hard it would be to make sure everyone has everything they need without money being used as an exchange system (i.e., trading goods or services). There would also need to be some sort of rationing system in place since there wouldn’t be any stores or businesses where people could buy things directly from the owners; instead everything would have been “shared” among citizens during times when there was enough for everyone else but maybe not enough for themselves (i.e., food shortages).


In summary, communism has its upsides and downsides. Overall, I think the world would be better off if we moved away from capitalism and towards a more communist system of governance.

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