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So, the story is, you probably all have seen folks claiming that Evil Dictator X (Stalin, Mao etc.) actually isn't a communist, because he did bad stuff that isn't intended to happen under communism. But you know what, to me, being a communist isn't about behaving like a citizen of the perfect communist society, it's about adhering to a philosophy put forth by Marx and others, and working towards the goal of achieving that perfect communist society. If you came up with an idea that it requires the murder of a hundred million people and one clown, and you did that, then you're just a very evil and/or very crazy communist. Especially as vanilla Marxism includes some ideas about revolutions and stuff. Otherwise we could never speak of ideologically or even religiously inspired violence.
(Inspired by a discussion on NationStates forums.)