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Anti-communists always complain that Communists are hypocrites. Communists say that the corruption and apathy of the ruling classes is so great - and chances of reform so slim - that violent revolution is justified. They promise that they will create a new government which will be better for "the people", i.e., the working class (everyone but the rich).

In practice, Communist countries have been just as stratified into rich and poor as the societies they have replaced. For example, the Russian Empire was overthrown and replaced with the Soviet Union, but the ruling class of the USSR turned into a "nomenklatura" with its own special shops which are always well-stocked with goods - while the lower class (non-party members) are lucky to get necessities like shoes or toilet paper only after spending hours waiting in line. --Ed Poor Talk 09:23, 10 July 2007 (EDT)