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Democracy and Socialism

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Mar 4, 2009 | 12:14 AM EST

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A movie I made for a class at school, but nothing too serious. Done in about 4 hours total.

(All drawn with a mouse)



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Ukraine was a socialist country,after USSR there is no socialist country any more ,China has been a capitalist country since 1978.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

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you definitely can't compare democracy to socialism, take a look:

democracy.- is a __form of government__, regarding the aspect of how government officials appear, and would represent people.

socialism:.- __an economic system__, tries to distribute the wealth by taking away money from rich people and gives it to the poor ones.

PS: the correct comparison would be capitalism vs. socialism
PS2: real democracy has never existed in human history.
PS3: Regarding economic systems, I believe capitalism respects liberty (a little bit) more than socialism.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


OK, but what you said of the idea of socialism is just communism.
Communism (from Latin: communis = "common") is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the establishment of an egalitarian, classless, stateless society based on common ownership and control of the means of production and property in general. In political science, however, the term "Communism", usually spelled with the capital letter C is often used to refer to the Communist states, a form of government in which the state operates under a one-party system and declares allegiance to Marxism-Leninism or a derivative thereof, even if the party does not actually claim that it has already reached communismMarxists hold that due to the innate antagonism and class conflict between labour and capital, the inevitable process of revolutionary struggle can result in victory for the proletariat, or the workers, and the establishment of a communist society in which private ownership is abolished over time and the means of production and subsistence become the collective property of society. Marx himself wrote little about life under communism, giving only the most general indication as to what constituted a communist societyThe communist ideology in its Marxist stream is still alive and well. Trotskyists amongst other Marxists continue to describe themselves as socialist and communist interchangeably. Many of them hold that since the Soviet Union after Stalin was nothing more than a state capitalist country, its demise means nothing more than the failure of one style of capitalist organisation. Although small in numbers, Marxist socialists and communists continue to build their ranks in many countries such as the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in Britain, International Socialist Organization (ISO) in the US and the New Anticapitalist Party in FranceMarxist-Leninist stream of thought on the other hand has been damaged and further discredited by the collapse of the Soviet Union. This has meant that many Communist parties worldwide have lost mass membership and shifted to the right, adopting reformist and free market politics. Some Communist states such as the People's Republic of China and other Asian Communist states and Cuba, though have proven resistant. The Chinese version of reforms concentrated on support of market forces while effectively prohibiting Western-style human rights and was able to both maintain the leading role of the Communist party and to quickly modernise the country. This, however, has created its own internal tensions and contradictions - as the Chinese working class has massively expanded in numbers, it has begun to do so in class consciousness and class demands, all in odds with the wishes of the state establishmentBy the beginning of the 21st century, states controlled by Communist parties under a single-party system include the People's Republic of China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Communist parties, or their descendant parties, remain politically important in many countries. President Vladimir Voronin of Moldova is a member of the Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova, and President Dimitris Christofias of Cyprus is a member of the Progressive Party of Working People, but the countries are not run under single-party rule. In South Africa, the Communist Party is a partner in the ANC-led government. In India, communists lead the governments of three states, with a combined population of more than 115 million. In Nepal, communists hold a majority in the parliamentThe People's Republic of China has reassessed many aspects of the Maoist legacy; and the People's Republic of China, Laos, Vietnam, and, to a far lesser degree, Cuba have reduced state control of the economy in order to stimulate growth. The People's Republic of China runs Special Economic Zones dedicated to market-oriented enterprise, free from central government control. In fact, as of 2005, 70% of China's GDP came from the private sector, a figure that is larger when taking into account the Chengbao system. THAT WAS COMMUNISM.

LenardNotLenny responds:

Holy shit. Go outside once and a while.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


i think one thing lacking from this is that socialism and democracy are not contradictory to each other ideologically. if i'm not mistaken, socialism is an _economic_ model, whereas democracy is a _decisionmaking_ one, and as such, should all the people in a democracy/republic convene and decide that the wealth should be spread out, thats both socialist and democratic.

and we see that in the socialization of America. arguably, you can say most developed nations _are_ socialist to a certain extent, not just china 'nam, canada, et al.

just sayin.

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LenardNotLenny responds:

I see your point


Rated 4 / 5 stars


There were some good drawings in there and some just looked kind of rushed, the message was well explained accompanied with good images, it kind of looked more like a sideshow than an animation, you can make the images more attractive by giving them some motion maybe. I love the music, Ratatat is my second favorite band and I have seen them twice kudos for that.

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LenardNotLenny responds:

It was completely centered around the audio... so in a way... it almost was a slideshow. thanks for the review!