Talk:Post-Communism

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It is ridiculous that "post-communism" can exist as a concept when communism still exists. --Daniel C. Boyer 13:15 Oct 1, 2002 (UTC)

Please let me know where. Which countries actually practice communism at the moment, rather than calling themselves communist? I don't notice China's leaders, or North Korea's leaders, for example, doing much sharing with the common people. Perhaps you mean Communism, the rule of a so-called "Communist party", something entirely different.
But doesn't calling it "post-communism" already assume this fallacy? --Daniel C. Boyer
In Marxism, the inevitable theoretical stage after socialism is communism. It will occur, Marxists maintain, after socialism "withers away" in some undefined fashion. As historians and journalists well know, no Communist country has ever advanced from socialism to the predicted stage of communism. Nonetheless, dozens of countries ruled by Communist (or Workers) parties are commonly referred to as Communist countries. This by no means implies that they've reached their stated goal: it only describes the regime in power. --Ed Poor

Not really. Consider as an analogy the Stone Age. The bronze-working techniques that marked the end of the Stone Age happened at different times across the world. So, some places were "post-Stone Age", without that necessarily implying that the Stone Age was finished everywhere. It *may* suppose that Communism is a transitory phenomenon, and so we have to be careful covering it with NPOV, but that doesn't negate the existence of the concept. - Khendon 13:30 Oct 1, 2002 (UTC)

The breakup of the Soviet Union heralded the end of Communism. Obviously, Cuba and North Korea are still hard-line Communist, and China still Communism albeit "with Chinese characteristics" as the artful phrase goes. But, thank God, hundreds of millions of people have finally gotten their freedom back from Communist tyranny. So it makes sense to speak of the "post-Communist" era.

Perhaps we need more information on the transition from the Cold War era of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and the "stan" countries of Asia, as well as attention to other countries which might become non-Communist in coming years. --Ed Poor

Speaking as an inhabitant of one of those "post-communist" countries, I know many people around here who, if you were to suggest to them that 15 years ago they have "finally gotten their freedom back from Communist tyranny", would tell you to take your freedom and shove it up your... well, you get the point. To say that capitalism is unpopular in "post-communist" countries would be a vast understatement. And that might have something to do with the collapse of living standards, endemic poverty, swollen crime rate, rampant corruption, and other nice things that have followed the "fall of communism". -- Mihnea Tudoreanu 19:28, 1 Oct 2004 (UTC)

In my opinion, the term "post-Communist" has to be looked at for the parties themselves rather than to the world or even the country as a whole. The parties themselves used to be communist but are not any more, and as such can be said to be post-communist, independent of in what stage the world as a whole is.

But in the end, the question comes down to what word is actually used, rather than what would be a correct denomination. As such, I also doubt whether the page is titled correctly, I have not heared the word be used recently (although that may also be because I hear less of Italian politics), so it might well not have 'staying power'. I personally would regret it, because I also see no alternative term coming up, while these parties have a lot in common to warrant a name for the group (they form for example one of the seven parties in the European Parliament, the European Unitary Left - Nordic Green Left. Andre Engels

context of western Europe

Mihnea Tudoreanu wrote: those paragraphs were removed because "post-communism" is a term defining the current regimes of former communist states, not the situation of western CP's

That's something the history of this page disagrees with. It has had information about both eastern and western communist parties from the beginning, and I don't see why it's wrong to mention the western ones. Sure, they haven't been in power during the Cold War, but they were nevertheless influenced by the fall of Communism in the east. Also, it's inconsistent to remove this and at the same time keep the link to "Eurocommunism". --Joy [shallot] 11:49, 5 Oct 2004 (UTC)
The history of this article is hardly an argument! The article could have easily been wrong from the beginning; the term "post-communism" refers to the current situation in Eastern Europe. However, I agree we should remove the link to Eurocommunism in order to be consistent. -- Mihnea Tudoreanu 09:04, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)
You failed to provide any real reason why it's wrong to mention the western ones. The fall of Communism in the east certainly affected them and the information is correct per se, I am going to restore it again. --Joy [shallot] 11:05, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)
My reason is the fact that they are off-topic. But I have no time to argue such a minor point, so I'll accept this inclusion and just make a few edits to your paragraphs. -- Mihnea Tudoreanu 11:55, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)