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Communism is a type of command economy in which the government owns and controls the great majority of the means of production, such as factories, farms, and other businesses. Public ownership and control of the factors of production permit the government to dictate society's answers to the basic economic questions of what, how, and for whom to produce. In ancient times, some primitive agricultural communities practiced a form of communism. These ancient economies were based on common ownership of the land and an equitable distribution of output. Since the mid-1800s, however, communism has been associated with the theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and with the application of these theories in the former Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Cuba, and elsewhere.

David E. O'Connor

Further Reading
Dent, David. Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Latin America Relations. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

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