navywxman is a leftist. Odysseus is a right-wing dude. They’ve been having an argument on navywxman’s space about Communism and fascist states. Navywxman claims that there has never been a true communist state, that they were all run by right-wing governments. Odysseus is disputing that Russia wasn’t a communist country.
Both of them are a wrong, but Navywxman is a quite a bit more wrong than Odysseus.
Communism is an economic structure, not a political one. It’s an incredibly stupid, unworkable economic structure, but it’s not a form of government.
Therefore you couldn’t have a communist state, because such a thing can’t exist. You can have a communist economy in a totalitarian state, or a communist economy in a democratic state, or a communist economy in a monarchy. Except that communism doesn’t actually work, so none of those is actually possible. But navywxman can have fun trying, as long as it doesn’t involve me. I’m a capitalist pig.
The opposite of communism isn’t democracy. It’s capitalism. it goes like this:
Economic: communism vs. capitalism
Political: democracy vs. authoritarianism/totalitarianism/dictatorship
The Russian states were indeed communist economies. But they were also right-wing totalitarian governments. So all the communist tyrannies failed for two reasons: Communism is dumb, and tyrannies are wrong.