Why Communism Failed

Communism promised to create a utopia. As we explored in this article, communism was first introduced by the German philosopher and economist Karl Marx, who lived during the 19th century. According to Marx, communism is a classless society in which the government owns all means of production and goods are distributed according to need rather than profit. To be clear, there have been many variants on this theme, but this is the basic framework for communism as it has been implemented throughout history—and it has ended up costing millions of lives as hopelessly flawed and tyrannical regimes held onto power at any cost. So why did communism fail? Let’s try to answer that question from a few different angles.

the idea

Communism is an extreme form of socialism. It’s an ideology that believes everyone should share the wealth and resources, such that everyone has the same access to food, shelter, education, healthcare…you name it! It was born out of the industrial revolution: when people saw how much inequality there was between the rich and poor during this time period (when machines replaced human labor), they began to question whether capitalism could be fixed. And so communism was born as one possible response to this growing problem.

The idea is that if we just share everything equally—if everyone has enough money for basic needs like shelter and food—then no one will starve or go without adequate medical care while others have more than they could ever need on top of what they need just to survive. It seems like a nice idea in theory…but unfortunately it doesn’t work out quite so well in practice!

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the reality of communism

Communism was a system where all property was owned by the state and the state controlled all aspects of life.

However, this is not what communism was in practice. In communist countries, people still owned their own homes and personal property. There were also many privately-owned businesses that were allowed to exist. Private enterprise remained so popular that it became more common in communist countries than it was in capitalist countries!

the conflict between communism and capitalism

You’re probably familiar with the basics of communism as a system. In general, it is based on the idea that everyone should be equal and no one should get more than they need. This goes against capitalism, which is a system that encourages competition and rewards hard work. People who believe in communism believe that no one should have more than others, while those who support capitalism believe that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed if they work hard enough.

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lessons from communism

While communism has been a failure, it’s important to learn from its mistakes. Communism is not compatible with human nature and so it cannot be sustained indefinitely. In order for any system to be successful, it needs to take into account what people want and how they behave. Communism failed because it did not allow individuals to make choices about their lives and it forced them into an unnatural lifestyle that was destructive for everyone involved.

Communism also failed because of its lack of accountability; when everyone is responsible for everything and no one is responsible for anything, you get corruption on a massive scale that soon destroys society as we know it today (and many years ago).

It’s important to note that there are some successful communist countries like China or Vietnam today but those places are still not perfect by any means – they have their own problems including pollution levels higher than anywhere else in the world! The lesson here? We need balance between individual freedom vs collective responsibility if we want our society work well together

communism failed because it was never a viable system to begin with

Communism is a system that has never been tried in the real world, so it remains an idea. The idea of communism is that everyone should be equal and share everything equally. However, this utopia can’t work.

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In the real world people are not all the same and do not want to live in exactly the same way as other people. People have different skills, abilities, interests and desires – they want different things out of life – which means they need different amounts of goods and services to survive. If everyone shared everything equally then some people would end up with more than they needed while others would have less than they needed. This means that inequality would still exist under communism (in fact it could even be greater). As a result there wouldn’t be any motivation for anyone to work hard or produce anything because there wouldn’t be any benefits from doing so; which makes economic growth impossible!


communism failed because it was never a viable system to begin with. The idea is nice, but the reality of communism is that it doesn’t work and can’t be enforced by law.

I would like to conclude with two lessons from communism: First, we can see that capitalism isn’t evil. It’s human nature to want material things which is why capitalism works so well in modern societies. Second, we must learn from history and not repeat it!

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