chapter  2
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The Many Forms of Communism

As forms of communism can vary, so too can forms of capitalism. To underscore this point, chapter 3 will examine forms of capitalism in which capitalist class structures coexist and interact with collectivized property, state planning, and democratic political institutions. Thus, chapters 1 and 2 demonstrate how each possible nonclass structure can coexist with either communist or capitalist class structures yielding various forms of communism and capitalism. Were we to consider other nonclass processes (for example, religious, educational, or family structures), still more variant forms would come into view. We limit ourselves to the forms associated with property, distribution, and democracy because they establish the general point and because they figure prominently in the class history of the USSR presented in part 3 below.