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I would like to just add to +1 answer of @fizz. It is completely true that dictators often are self interested but the problem with communism is not only this but the fact that many ideas that are according to self proclaimed communists at the core of communism are are inherently inefficient. For example, many communists want to get rid of private property....


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If that does happen, surely they would not keep doing it for long? Surely their plan isn't to starve their own people to death? Sometimes alas it is. This has only a little to do with economics in the usual sense and more to do with megalomaniac priorities. For example, if some dictator decides he needs nukes even if that costs millions of lives through ...


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