this is a misconception that all communists are for "power of the state" - in fact...that's ultimately contradictory and hurtful to communism
marx, engels, luxembourg (etc.) wrote about this - this is also common sense - the reason being is that obviously, when you give power to the state, the state becomes the new "bourgeoisie"
maybe you know this, but marx wrote about two stages of communism (he was a pragmatist) - the first stage being a transitional stage
i.e. having a centralized state that would put into effect communist ideals - once that happened, the second stage comes in
during this stage the state dissolves - the ultimate vision of communism is actually not very different from the ideals of the united states - both are libertarian
the primary difference is that communism gets rid of money "private property" - it is much more humane, and money really is the epitome of things outside of the soul
i.e. idolatry, estranged labor etc... - but true democracy and true communism are by the people, for the people - freedom for all, and contrary to popular belief...personal liberty
even more so in communism because in communism there is also personal development, which is not stunted by estranged labor - see even if people want to be greedy for whatever reason in true communism (i don't know why, but whatever floats your boat), it's ok - because money is gone - everything is different
people are operating communally, people thrive on emotions - on each other...the new way of life is brotherly/sisterly love - it's a more advanced way of being because people need to work hard without childish incentives to make it happen - in capitalism we substitute our libidinal desires into the free market with highly competitive, yet civilized activity
thus "civilization and its discontents" - in communism...one must work even harder and delay gratification with a common goal of goodness and love
we have never seen real communism - we have only seen the "transitional stage," - lenin knew this; hence, his famous quote "sometimes - history needs a push."
well, one could argue he pushed communism a little too soon on the world, but had not stalin come into power...maybe it would have panned out better
stalin ran the show like a capitalist...actually more like a king, the man was mad - but anyways, we've only seen the transitional stage - which is why communism has failed thus far
the transitional stage kills the vision and can only be temporary - but as we become more intelligent as a society, communism is the next step in history
although to make it work it probably will have to be a world-wide thing...but it would be a miracle because it does bring out the best in everyone - it has so much stigma
but we all know the stigma is bullshit - it makes me sad to see all the angry stigma because i really like to see people thinking for themselves...rather than "seeing red" (good pun)
common sense is common - the etymology of the word itself "common" is from the latin word "communis" - enough said right?
(Little Friends - the hippo likes to say "dot dot dot")