Finally, Marx would not have recognised the political parties now coming to power in Eastern Europe as communist. Nor would he have seen anything socialist in the tyrannies which preceded them. Descendants of Marx they are not.
Communism and socialism (they meant the same thing for Marx) mean the abolition of the wages/salary system; no buying or selling and the absence of a coercive state. This core doctrine was rejected by Lenin and those who followed him.
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