We're learning about Soviet Russia (think 20th century) a little bit in Russian class. I think the idea of communism is a beautiful one. It's the implementation of communism in government that historically has been poorly managed. I blame the a notion or necessity for "pure" communism. For example the redistribution of wealth or redistribution of resources like food - grain, corn, whatever... needs to be done with regard for the outcome; not blindly adhering to the principles of equal distribution of said resource, but rather with attention to where things are truly needed. But of course I'm no economist.