Just some random thoughts about Communism: We "fought" the whole cold war to end Communism. We lost tens of thousands of troops in Vietnam, and many more thousands of troops in other armed conflicts around the world in an effort to put an end to Communism. Our whole foreign policy from the end of WWII until the USSR fell apart was dominated to stopping the spread of Communism and encouraging those who opposed it, costing us billions and billions of dollars in everything from giving armed aid to counter-revolutionaries and our own arms build up against the USSR. Now, Terrorism is the enemy, and Communists aren't enemy #1 anymore. Meanwhile, at home, we're buying goods from Communist China. After all this anti-Communist stuff, it's COMMUNISTS who can compete bests in many niches of our free market system. Communists sell their goods to Capitalist countries, and Capitalist countries buy their goods from Communist countries. Buisiness owners love free-market systems for a market to buy goods, but when producing goods, buisinesses can't build factories in Communist China quick enough. After all this anti-Communist stuff, we're ignoring the human-rights violations in China, and giving them huge amounts of our buisiness. If we boycotted China and other Communist countries, we'd have to pay more for basic, (currently) inexpensive goods, because they'd have to be made in America where there's a minimum wage. This would probabally cause a signifigant economic depression, since people would have to pay so much more for basic goods. There would probabally be calls for a higher minimum wage, and for the government to do more to protect the economic interests of the people, IN EFFECT, LEADING US CLOSER TO COMMUNISM. I'm sure some of the more lasseiz-faire people will say that "If goods were made in America, it would benefit America and Americans, because more Americans would be making money, as opposed to Chinese people making money, and the extra money people are paid for making goods will go back into the economy." However, making buisiness owners employ only Americans in the first place would be limiting the free market. On top of that, it's obvious that by the choice of many buisiness owners, that it's more profitable for them to employ people in Communist countries than in Capitalist countries, again showing that Communists in some cases can compete better than Capitalists IN a Capitalist economy. And, since buisiniesses make more profit employing people to do work in Communist China than in America, by boycotting Communist countries, you'd be signifigantly cutting the profit margins of buisinesses, and as Capitalists anywhere will tell you, the more money that a buisiness makes, the more it benefits people, becuase they can expand, hire more people, and drop their prices. So anyway, feel free to respond to any of these little paradoxes you want. I just got thinking about the role of Communism in our world and felt the interaction between Communism and Capitalism was really interesting and quite funny in some cases.