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Difference Between Communism and Dictatorship

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Communism and dictatorship are very different in all aspects, political as well as economic ideologies.

In communism, the society or the community is on top of everything. But in dictatorship, society or community is only secondary and it is the dictator who governs everything.

Communism regards the society or community as powerful. But in dictatorship, it is the dictator who is the most powerful. Dictatorship is a system in which a single person rules the nation. On the other hand, in communism the power is not vested in a single individual.

In communism, the profit is shared equally in the community. Whereas in dictatorship, the profit is accumulated in only one person. When the society dictates the overall economy in communism, it is the dictator who has the last say in the economics of a nation in dictatorship.

When communism believes in common ownership, dictatorship believes in individual ownership. It is the community that handles the resources or the means of production in Communism. But in dictatorship, the dictator handles the means of production or resources. Communism stands for a free society where every one is equal.

Communism does not believe in private property and the wealth is owned by every person. In dictatorship, it is just the opposite. In communism, every one is equal. But in dictatorship, there are no equals.

Communism does not authorise any person to take any decisions according to their aspirations. On the other hand, a dictator has a free hand in taking any decision.

When communism stands for a stateless or class less society, dictatorship only has its footing only if there is a state.

While communism is strongly based on socialism, dictatorship is based on power.

Summary
1. In communism, the society or the community is on top of everything. But in dictatorship, it is the dictator who governs everything. Society or community is only secondary for dictatorship.
2. Communism regards the society or community as powerful. But in dictatorship, it is the dictator who is the most powerful.
3. In communism, the profit is shared equally in the community. Whereas in dictatorship, the profit is accumulated in only one person.
4. Dictatorship is a system in which a single person rules the nation. On the other hand, in communism the power is not vested in a single individual.
5. When communism believes in common ownership, dictatorship believes in individual ownership.
6. In communism, every one is equal. But in dictatorship, there are no equals.


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  1. Are you really so naive that you think that communism is not a dictatorship. I lived under Communism and it is a complete dictatorship of the communist boss and his thugs. You must be joking when you say “In communism, every one is equal. But in dictatorship, there are no equals.”
    Russia was a Communist dictatorship, as is Cuba and north Korea. Look at how long the same people rule and then pass the power along to family members just like any other dictator. Their friends and supporters are all rich.

    • That’s because true communism has never been implemented. “Russian style” communism, “Chinese style” communism”, “Cuban style” communism”, etc. were really just dictatorships with communist trappings. You can thank Joseph Stalin for that.

  2. Maybe then the countries we have always called communist should be retaged to dictatorships since they clearly are or were dictatorships? It is just the product of failure to upkeep the ideology tbh.

    • We are no better, We have Obamacare.

      • You need to travel. You have no idea how insulting it is to your words. Your president can only rule for 8 years (or 4 if they are voted out in the next cycle). Does that sound like a dictator? Your president earns a set salary (which is very low compared to any corporate CEO). Your presidenst have very, very limited powers to do anything on their own accord.

        I’m serious, travel to a place where people literally risk their lives to leave and live with them for awhile and you’ll understand what a dictator is.

        Here’s the kicker: the fact that you can walk down the street and tell people all day long that you hate the president…means you live in a free country.

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  4. This is the craziest definition of communism ever. As it was imposed communism is the worst dictatorship ever because it implied in schedules and schemes to kill,destroy and elimnate whoever was in the way of their deadly plans. Read Anne Applebaum, Orlando Figes, Robert Conquest and Stephane Courtois to LEARN what communism really is. They are historians that documented the murders and all of the cruelty communism brought about – and that the today dictators-to-be are trying to impose in Latin America, namely Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela and Uruguay. ” In communism everyone is equal…..” hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    • This is actually a spot on definition of communism. The problem is that all these so called “communist” countries are dictatorships hiding behind the name of communism, trying to hide their true nature.

      • This article is supposed to (though it fails miserably) answer the question people may have about the difference between two different systems of rule. People have this question because countries exist who have regimes that are known by these terms. True communism has never, nor will ever be implemented for an entire country, so we have to go by what is commonly known as communism for the sake of this debate because it’s supposed to be a practical question. This answer fails miserably because it pits one textbook theory version (communism) vs something real world (dictatorships). Apples to oranges.

  5. Seriously ?

    Communism is an Economic System

    Dictatorship is a Social System…

    It is impossible to compare the two.

    Compare Communism with Socialism & Capitalism, for sure…

    Compare Dictatorship with Democracy for Sure…

    The basis of the leading question is flawed.

    In a Fruit Bowl compare yellow Apples with Red and Green apples…

    In the Same fruit bowl compare Lemons with Oranges and Limes…

    But don’t try to compare the Red apple to the Lemon and that is what this question is trying to do.

    • You are saying that there is no such thing as a country run by a dictator and no countries run by a communist regime? Both systems make the rules you have to live under. That means they are the same thing in this context.

      Of course you can compare the two systems since people right now live under them. They exist.

      I don’t care if ‘real’ communism doesn’t exist. There are still regimes where you can’t own land, everybody is ‘equal’ blah blah blah. Pull your head out of your pedantic textbooks and in to the real world.

  6. Most people think Communism and Dictatorship are the same regime. Because the true principle of communism was distorted by some groups of people who would like to rule, control and benefit from less clever people.

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