I prefer my economies somewhere between socialist and capitalist (market); the people have control over most things, but the government is able to set rules and put sanctions on some things to keep the playing field somewhat fair, and to allow new businesses to grow as old ones begin to decline.
I'm not much a fan of Communism (as practiced by the Bolsheviks), just because I see how Stalin twisted it into something horrible.
Also, just so I can avoid pissing off the wrong people (and instead piss off the right people), I'd like to clarify that I don't really believe in the original Marxist form of Communism. Seems a little too Utopian and unrealistic to me.
Stalin wasn't meant to be up where he was when Lenin died. It was originally meant to be Leon Trotsky. Stalin was stupid enough to case Trotsky to Mexico, and then Stalin's police caught and killed him.
What Stalin did wasn't communism. He even renamed it as "Stalinism".
As for what Karl Marx wrote as being 'unrealistic' is because he was a philosopher. Philosophers always think in the way things, most of the time, should happen or should be.
The thing is, no one is brave enough to do the right thing most of the time. Communism is an acception.
Can't you believe that Two German Jews told an entire country (or just Lenin) what to do by writing a book?
Pretty funny if you ask me...