Wow, that is an oversimplification that is hardly worthy of your intellect.
I live in Europe and am endlessly amused by the communists. They fly in helicopters and purchase ski chalets at $50,000.00 a square meter in Cortina d'Ampezzo (a place that American and British soldiers helped liberate from the hands of the Austro-Hungarian empire).
The Italians ended up calling the "partigiani" (essentially communist "freedom fighters" who fought the fascists at the end of the second world war) the "parti roba". (part with your stuff). Essentially that meant that if they thought someone was a fascist (or just an enemy of the family) they killed them and took their property (not for the state, for themselves).
The most recent jolly has been the "center left" government of Romano Prodi that decided as its parting shot to post the income tax data online for every Italian citizen (if I could tell you how many times I have signed "privacy" forms for the treatment of personal data in triplicate this would make you laugh.)
To be honest, I don't like communists at all. More than that, I don't like people who cannot think and who are idealistic at the expense of practical thought.
I would wager that more people have died from idealism than have died from all of the wars put together.
Mayday is not my favorite holiday, and I do think that communism like fascism belongs on the dustbin of history.
At least I had a nice lunch.
Chewey_Delt said,MunchingZombie said,
We American's hate Communists. Hate, hate, hate them. Make a holiday out of Haymarket? Heck, we executed people for participating in it.
Oh it's more insidious than that. It's not that Americans hate Communists, it's that the conservatives in America hate the very idea that laborers, those who create the products and services that we all benefit from, could have any sort of power over business. It's so repugnant to conservatives that they won't allow labor day to be celebrated as something with importance, something that workers the world round can celebrate in. If it was up to conservatives in this country, we'd all still be virtual slaves to business interests and the Gilded Age, as Twain termed it, would have never ended.[/quote]