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The idea of communism tis that every one must be equal, free, and have a good living. It also requires that everyone must contribute to society (capitalists do so as well, for everyone does, but in a selfish, twisted sense. As to why, capitalists "contribute" to society as well, but in the end it benefits them only) by using his or her ability to produce goods or wealth for the betterment of society. This attitude is as old as mankind but it was given a name by Karl Marx. In theory, a stateless, classless society in which the means of production is collectively owned and goods and services are freely distributed according to need as oppose to wealth or social status. The word communism has also been incorrectly used to describe countries that are ruled by Marxist-Leninist parties, since a communist society would mean the abolition of the state itself. The People's Republic of China is an example of the communist ideology leading to progress. The USSR would have survived, but sadly, Mikhail Gorbachev came into power and robbed the Soviet Union of all communist existence. If he had continued Stalin's work, the USSR would most likely be around, and if had Vladmir Putin helped become Stalin's successor, things today might have been a lot better then they are today.