Meaning of Commonism

By: Tom Roes
On: October 13, 2006
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Commonism is a word coined by Tom DeWeese. He is the president of an American rightwing think tank and wrote an article on the dangers of commonism in 2000.

Communism, we’re told, is dead. Welcome to the new era of Commonism.

When the walls around the Soviet Union fell a decade ago, once-proud nations that had been swallowed up by the Soviet empire emerged as a new “democracy movement.” In truth, the “death” of Soviet-style Communism allowed the movement to free itself from its negative baggage. As long as the title “Communist” was not hung around their neck to raise Western fears, the ideas of International Socialism could move forward unhindered. The world has responded in almost thunderous support. Commonism was born.

The distinctive feature of Commonism is its intention to transform private intellectual property and nationally controlled natural resources into common property in the name of the “common heritage of mankind.” The ideology of Commonism is based on political concepts and spiritual values such as global commons, global village, global spirituality, equalitarianism, democratism, disarmament, environmentalism, interdependence, interconnectedness, and participation in world peace.

Commonism is a political ideology containing both a doctrine and a device for its expansion. Commonism advances the idea that problems cross national and local boundaries. In that way, natural and political boundaries are conveniently overcome (overthrown?) through treaties, legislation and policy statements, all explained as necessary for improvement of the common good. Source

As we can read, commonism is used in a negative manner to describe the socialist ideas of making everything common, a thorn in the eye (batavism) of liberal Americans. Famous examples of commonists would be Koffie AnanBenedict Anderson and John Lennon:

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Another funny guy, from has the following definition for Commonism:

Commonism, not to be confused with Communism, is a religion practiced by people who are especially common, that is they act in unsophisticated ways and generally have low levels of social skills. 

To be recognized by the following acts they commit: 

Drinking cheep beer.
Living in a mobile home.
Not washing hands after using the toilet.
Not washing hands after unblocking the toilet.
Not realising that the reason the toilet is blocked is that they are shitting into the kitchen sink.
Not washing the dishes afterwards.
Commonism is widespread in Europe and across the southern states of America. United Nations-sponsored attempts to control the spread of Commonism by using hurricanes have come under fire recently. In light of the recent reports that hurricanes may not be the most effective means with which to end the Commonism crisis, a UN Commonism Sub-comitte has been set up. The Role of this sub-comitte is to detirmine the most efficent and realibile method to carry out the… ahem, “cleansing”.

Thus har, the UN based group has agreed with 100% support amongst it’s ranks, that the most effective and readily avalibe means of elminating the commonism threat is to continue to allow them to vote in presidential and state elections. Source

Empirical research on this studie is yet to be done…


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