The thing about Communism and no communist will admit it …….they usually deny this fact , is that communism is poverty ……period . The reason is very simple and unavoidable . In order to have ComUNism , you have to control every aspect of a persons life , and in order to micromanage that in a nation . It takes a very great deal of manpower to achieve this , and even more money as far as GDP to have that much control . By the time that is done , there is not much left for the people or anything else for that matter . China is actually turning more socialist , they have had a taste of the good life that a more market economy brings , and as the old guard dies off , the control becomes a little bit less . In probably 30 years or less , North Korea may find itself on its own .