Communism is basically an economical idea that states that cooperation is better than competition, that all citizens in a society should own equal shares in important infrastructure, production and services within the society. It does not exclude private property and business unless taken to the extreme. Back in the 70's Norway was imo more a communism state than a capitalist paradise, but there were still privately owned properties and initiatives. China still carries on many communism principles (around 50% of GDP is from state owned business). Democracy should in theory be a better fit for communism economy than for capitalism economy (the state represent the people and the people is the state, what is state owned is owned by all citizens in a manner of speaking), though through history communism has always manifested by being, too fast and recklessly (revolutionary change), forced by the few, upon the many. Socialism (Distribution of wealth / The strong protecting the weak) is a natural part of communism economy, but it is not limited to it, nor always an integral part of it. Communist states without strong democracy and social security are doomed to fail. The political party of mr. Adolf claimed to be a socialist party (but far from a communist party), but they were also social-darwinist (law of the jungle / dog eat dog) which in many ways is the opposite of pure socialism, so their form of socialism was more of a nepotist camaraderie only meant for the strong/healthy or successful people of the accepted race. My point is that authoritarianism is bad regardless of the economical system in a nation. There is probably many statements made here that people would like to debate, I'm not in the mood for such a philosophical and complex debate on a forum atm, so don't expect me to try and defend any of these statements much. I'll just round off by saying that there are as many definitions for a non-simple word as there are people who understand the word, I don't claim that my definitions are more correct than others, but it is often so that people agree more than they think, and this is because they usually don't ask what the other person means by their words before judging them.