The communist ideal sounds nice, everybody sharing everything, and living in an egalitarian, classless utopia. This vision has haunted the imagination of humanity down through the ages, and was used to form a set of principles by Karl Marx; which became the basis of the communist political doctrine. However I have always been deeply apprehensive in regards to communism as a political doctrine, as in practise there has never been a communist country, which represents the utopia dreamed up by Marx, Lenin, and Trotsky etc. For a number of complex reasons, which would take too long to explain; a planned economic system does not work as well as a market economy.
No communist country has ever attained western levels of prosperity. And in a social sense; it always turns out to be very oppressive, as the state has the mandate to oppress the will of the people, by banning certain books, deciding what to put on the telly, persecuting people who display what it might consider deviant behaviour etc. And it can tell people how many children they can have, ban their religion, and potentially oppress them in every conceivable way,by imposing what it believes to be right on society, (which is a matter of opinion) as it has supreme authority over its citizens.
As a result of the system favouring the rise of ruthless power hungry people, And because the people, who have this power in a communist state, like all people are driven by a number of forces besides a selfless belief in the brotherhood of man. They always to some degree end up asserting their power in an oppressive and sometimes atrocious way. Like the characters O Brian in the novel 1984 or Nurse Ratchet in the story one flew over the cuckoos nest. For these reasons communism has often been source of oppression and human misery, throughout history which is attested by the source below:
“In sum the communist probably have murdered something like 110,000,000, or near two-thirds of all those killed by all governments, quasi-governments, and guerrillas from 1900 to 1987. Of course, the world totals itself it shocking. It is several times the 38,000,000 battle-dead that have been killed in all this century's international and domestic wars. Yet the probable number of murders by the Soviet Union alone--one communist country-- well surpasses this cost of war. And those murders of communist China almost equal it."
Communism is the ideology of either often well meaning, but idealistic fools which discount the nature of people, society and various social and economic forces, or power hungry autocrats. I find it quite disconcerting the degree to which this ideology has influenced the minds of many in the labour party, and their favourite think tanks which formulate government policy. Many representatives of the labour government are unrepentant Marxists, and occasionally use quotations from famous communist figures such as Lennon, Marx etc. Conversely In an economic sense new labour is arguably more right wing than the Tories, and is indeed a champion of global capitalism.
A far cry from old Labour which believed that private enterprise should only compliment a largely state run economy. However in a social sense they are increasingly authoritarian, and are into social engineering in a big way. They have curbed many of our civil liberties, turned political correctness into a religion, and seem obsessed with moulding society and public opinion via the legislative system, and various institutions in line with their own party political doctrine. Rather than listening to the people who they are supposed to represent.
I agree that communism is as reprehensible as Fascism. And it concerns me the extent to which this ideology has influenced the labour party, as it has led them to exceed their democratic mandate to a greater extent than any previous government. In the pursuit of imposing what they believe to be right on society-which is a matter of opinion .Rather than carrying out the will of the people who they supposed to represent, which is the role of a government in a democracy.
PS Wolfie Lenin died in 1924