Communism is a economic and social system in which all (or nearly all)
property and resources are collectively owned by a classless society and
not by individual citizens.
Exactly. Sadly this kind of sentiment is likely to be responded to with “it’s not real communism!!” or something - As seen above. But when you really think about it, a lot of the high profile Communist countries that have failed have all been centrally planned. The state has ownership of the means of production rather than the workers. Communism is like any other political ideology in that there are vast disagreements over how to organize society and there are sub-factions with different views and
ideas. Many maintain that a centrally planned state can replicate the exact same kind of oppression that exists under capitalism, and therefore it is
not a good idea. And there are forms of communism (Leninism etc) that advocate for a centrally planned state.
Both can be described as Communism, but we can already see some rather big differences between them. That’s why I have limited tolerance or patience when people try to limit the discussion by claiming communism is intrinsically linked to genocide, or stating that it is “inarguably” the
worst ideology ever - As if literally everything is the same and there are no varying views within it.