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Saturday • 23-Jun-2007 • 8:40 pm • # 12668 • 32-41Z-GL [org]
Sebastian • London, UK • 26 • •

poll response:
••• Communism isa monstrous system of slavery
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
 
Which way forward for the development of a powerful anti-war movement?
The decisive step forward for the anti-war movement is to develop in depth
so that it can give tens and hundreds of thousands a clear understanding
of the class nature of our society and the need to end the rule of the bourgeoisie.
• Hit them where it hurts • How to move the Democrats to the left
• The need for revolutionary organizations that are
deserving of the respect of the masses.   (March 2003)
 
Saturday • 23-Jun-2007 • 3:47 pm • # 12667 • 57-49E-LD [org]
kolte • hot springs, usa • 17 • slave •

poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isother
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
 
Friday • 22-Jun-2007 • 3:53 pm • # 12666 • 53-44B-TL [com]
poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea, former Yugoslavia
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
 
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Friday • 22-Jun-2007 • 9:39 am • # 12665 • 74-20F-LD [com]
poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
 
Communism has never benn tried properly.
Thursday • 21-Jun-2007 • 6:25 pm • # 12664 • 32-41N-FG [org]
Paddy • mexborough, england • 16 • college student •

poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI don't need to read no stinkin' FAQ
People who think, north korea, cuba , the ussr , and china are communist should do more research on communism.
 
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Thursday • 21-Jun-2007 • 12:40 pm • # 12663 • 51-63R-MD [org]
poll response:
••• Communism isa monstrous system of slavery
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea, former Yugoslavia
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by a corrupt bureaucracy
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled byeverybody, in a democratic way
••• The FAQI don't need to read no stinkin' FAQ
 
Wednesday • 20-Jun-2007 • 7:34 pm • # 12662 • 5-1E-MD [com]
poll response:
••• Communism isother
••• The Soviet Union wasother
••• socialism exists (or existed) inSweden
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI don't need to read no stinkin' FAQ
 
Frequently Asked Questions
What is communism? • What is socialism? • Where has communism or socialism existed?
Communism and human nature • What happened to Lenin's 1917 revolution?
• What democratic rights will workers have after the overthrow of bourgeois rule?
• How will workers prevent the former bourgeoisie (or a new ruling class) from coming back
to power? • What will a genuine classless, communist society look like?
 
Wednesday • 20-Jun-2007 • 6:27 pm • # 12661 • 96-11W-MD [com]
poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, China, Cuba
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
 
Tuesday • 19-Jun-2007 • 8:14 am • # 12659 • 97-55J-WW [com]
poll response:
••• Communism isa monstrous system of slavery
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, China, Cuba, North Korea
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
 
did we forget?
Tuesday • 19-Jun-2007 • 7:31 am • # 12658 • 38-27B-WE [org]
ayman • Beirut, Lebanon • 19 • student •

poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
did we forget what happened with the soviet union, did we forget what happened to cuba, did we forget what happened to the Gorillaz, did we forget what happened in Irag, did we forget whats happening in Phelastine, did we forget? wake up people.
 
 
Monday • 18-Jun-2007 • 12:00 am • # 12657 • 12-16Z-MD [org]
poll response:
••• Communism isa monstrous system of slavery
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by a corrupt bureaucracy
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled byeverybody, in a democratic way
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
 
Sunday • 17-Jun-2007 • 8:32 am • # 12656 • 1-52X-SY []
poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, Cuba, former Yugoslavia
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
 
 
The History of the Universe
The self-organization of matter from
the big bang to the future ...
From the dawn of life to
the self-organizing moneyless economy
 
interpretation
Sunday • 17-Jun-2007 • 3:02 am • # 12655 • 80-11W-II [com]
jesse • regina, canada • 23 • labourer •

poll response:
••• Communism isother
••• The Soviet Union wasnot sure
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, China, Cuba
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled byother
I will start by stating that i am only beginning to analyze "communsim" ect.. and am sure there is alot too learn, but i would like to give my opinion. The basic ideals of communsim are inspiring and provocative in the most humane and positive manners. unfortuneatley i believe there are a couple of reasons "communism" wont exhist. 1.ideals such as those of marx and engels have been put forth by persons of such a time in wich we now can only speculate and interpret the true meanings of there work; therefore causing communism to be something like a religion. 2. communism seems most prevelant in a time of great need, the problem being that in certian places throughout the world people have grown complacent with their imediate world around them. I believe this is because people embrace a change for the better without pushing boundries in fear of what has been, or could be; and also these people raise the following generations to feel the same way through fear and shelter. For example it is difficult for people such as myself to examine communist ideas b/c over the years it has been "demonized" and twisted to a point where one cant determine between biased and unbiased viewpoints. It is because of these beliefs i think communsim cant exhist. Although i do believe it is possible to learn from communist ideals as well as other forms of "living" be it political, religious ect.. each has its beneficial contributions to mankind, and perhaps one day through unity, we as a people will be able to stand together and take the many great ideas of communism and implement them in th ... [read the rest of this lengthy post]
 
Saturday • 16-Jun-2007 • 10:54 pm • # 12654 • 92-46R-OW [org]
poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wasan oppressive, exploitative, class-divided society that pretended to be socialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) inhas never existed
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI don't need to read no stinkin' FAQ
 
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Saturday • 16-Jun-2007 • 1:31 am • # 12652 • 80-27D-MA []
• London, Germany • 32 • •

poll response:
••• Communism isa monstrous system of slavery
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled bythe rich (ie: the wealthy class, the bourgeoisie)
••• The FAQI have read the FAQ
 
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Friday • 15-Jun-2007 • 12:45 am • # 12651 • 66-37G-VF [org]
• Moscow, Russia • • •

poll response:
••• Communism isthe inevitable peaceful and abundant future of humankind
••• The Soviet Union wassocialist or communist
••• socialism exists (or existed) informer Soviet Union, Cuba, North Korea
••• Genuine socialism isthe rule of society by the working class
••• modern capitalist societies are ruled byother


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Working class rule has never existed except in embryonic form (the Paris Commune of 1871 and early Soviet Russia). Nevertheless it will emerge triumphant in the 21st century. How will a modern society suppress the former ruling bourgeoisie without also suppressing the independent political life of workers?
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