depends (let me explain)
A pattern repeated throughout the communist world.
China is also a single party communist nation. Right now it has a growing economy (which will burst as it is a bubble). Communism is not good for economic growth and economic freedom. However, communism in it's purest form uncorrupted by human nature is somewhat of a utopia where everyone has equal income and there is no poverty and hunger. This is unrealistic, but that's what pure communism is and desires to achieve.
I get it, communism is fine, it's people that are the problem. That kinda' limits is applicability on a planet peopled by, well people, doesn't it.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ~ Winston Churchill
It's been about 20 years since I read it, but I recall Russell Kirk's definition of the term, ideology. I always think of it when I hear the word used, and I try to use it accordingly.
If we accept that definiton, which to my mind describes communism and modern liberalism beautifully, then yes. Ideology = badness.'"Ideology does not mean political theory or principle, even though many journalists and some professors commonly employ the term in that sense. Ideology really means political fanaticism- and more precisely, the belief that this world of ours may be converted into the Terrestrial Paradise through the operation of positive law and positive planning. The ideologue- Communist or Nazi or of whatever affiliation- maintains that human nature and society may be perfected by mundane, secular means, though these means ordinarily involve violent social revolution. The ideologue immanentizes religious symbols and inverts religious doctrines."
- Russell Kirk Enemies of the Permanent Things
Maybe the term political values might be a better descriptor of what most people mean when they say ideology.
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That's a terrible definition. Everyone is ideological, an idealogue. An ideology is simply a world view constructed from experience and action as an agent of history.It's been about 20 years since I read it, but I recall Russell Kirk's definition of the term, ideology. I always think of it when I hear the word used, and I try to use it accordingly.
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
Reading up on it again, I just came across a quote from John Adams, who defined ideology as "the science of idiocy."
I am assuming this post is a joke.
It looks more likely that instead of democracy they will continue as they did at Tienanmen Square and as they still do now. Ending protests with the police or army. The point was that it might do well to consider how a dominant world power with this frame of reference would influence the world.
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George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."
Were the people of Russia better off after the Czars were overthrown or were they better off after the U.S.S.R collapse? Was Germany better off with the Nazis in power? Was Italy better off with Fascism? Were the citizens of South Vietnam better off after the North conquered them? Were the Chinese better off after they become communist ( ask the students at Tiananmen Square)? Any system of rule that gives the Rulers absoulete power will eventual turn into some form Nazism, Stalinism, Moaism and etc.
So in conclusion National Socialism and Communism are inherently bad. They deprive there citizens there rights and freedom. Make the people dependent on the government when it should be the other way around.
Absolute power corrupts Absolutely my Communist Canadian friend.
GARY JOHNSON 2016