But, if it makes you feel better, China is steadily moving to capitalism. IMO they're doing it smart. The USSR decided that they wanted to be capitalist and they just flipped the switch one day. It totally destroyed the country. Their economy fell apart, their nuclear weapons ended up on the black market, their people starved... It takes decades to set up a capitalist economy. China saw that and learned from their mistakes IMO. They're on like a 40 year plan to become capitalist, and so far, it's working extremely well. Their growth has been outrageously high for many years in a row. Capitalism is good for an economy for sure, but it isn't magical fairy dust that you can just sprinkle over everything and all of a sudden everybody is rich. It requires a whole set of industries and businesses and infrastructure and institutions and sociological changes to pull off, and China is building those up as we speak. I doubt China would ever become a laissez faire democratic capitalist nation exactly the way the US has chosen to implement it. Our form of capitalism isn't exactly working out. They'll probably have their own spin on it. But in 30 years or so, nobody will be describing them as communist anymore.