What is Communism?
The differences are economic ones:
In a free society, such as the American Republic, the government has no control over the life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness of its citizens. The government is not involved in the economy.
In a Communist country, the government owns everything in the economy.
In a Nazi (National Socialist) country, the government owns the major industries, and controls the rest.
In a Fascist country, the government does not own businesses, but it controls everything.
How do we get from a free society to a communist society?
The 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx
These are 10 conditions needed for the transition of a society into communism.
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of the population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.