Sure but, as in a democratic system, the government would only have this power because it's given to it by the people (who, as a whole, generally realize that things work better this way, actually they're often more than willing to give some leader total control), and there would have to be some kind of balance of power.
And according to Marx the communist revolution was supposed to happen after capitalism had eroded the classic institutions, including church, family, state and government.*
The bolshevik revolution happened much too early, in a mostly pre-industrial and entirely undemocratic country, which was another cause for its failure.
*What Marx maybe didn't take into account was capitalism's abitlity to use the classic institutions to counter its own self-destructive tendencies, as well as to transform them into capitalism-compatible institutions (and moral standards).
Fuck this place.
Last edited by gaekwad2; 6th April 2005 at 17:01.