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As George Orwell said in 'Animal Farm,' "All animals are equal, some animals are more equal than others."  I guess one might say that in such a system, we are all "comrades" it is just that some are more "comrades" than others.  Communism does have its advantages (they leave alone 'primitive' peoples more, and have an interesting way of supporting the arts, despite censorship (or maybe because of it), and capitalism has its disadvantages.  I think socialism is an in-between point.  Of course, socially in the West, nobody thinks about bastards anymore (in derogatory fashion), it doesn't have the same (perlocutionary) force that it used to have.

I am sure in antiquity, some would have considered Plato a bastardization of Pythagoras (or Parmenides).
Parmenides of Elea was by some accounts a Pythagorean, and Plato's characters in the _Sophist_ and _Stateman_, Socrates and the Eleatic stranger, joke about patricide against Parmenides.  Not a joking matter in ancient Greece.  But, now Plato is kind of considered to be the realization of Pythagoras, and authentic Pythagoreanism is made obscure.
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My understanding of communism is that all pigs should be equal, and share equally in the profits of the farm.

Of course modern communism doesn't work that way, the pigs are not all equal, and the profits are shared between the senior pigs only.

So what we end up with is a bastardisation of the capitalised and communist worlds.
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Josephus said that the Essenes were Pythagorean.  Of course, what that meant is not necessarily clear, especially since we are not certain about either the Essenes or the Pythagoreans or what they believe, but they definitely had a kind of communal living.

modern communism is a political fantasy turned nightmare.  I mean the violent overthrow of the status quo.  Essenes and Pythagoreans believed in a form of communism for themselves, defining themselves as elite and separating themselves from the rest of society.  It is very different from the stifling embrace of all by a pervasive system, whether the all want it or not.  

But Sir Karl Popper considered Plato as the father of totalitarianism, because of Plato's painting of his ideal society.  And the Pythagoreans are considered by some to be predecessors of Plato.  So, yes, you might lay modern communism at their feet as well (you might).
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Quote The Pythagoreans, like the Christians believed in
owning all things in common.


Isn't that communism in it's purest form?
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For the Pythagoreans, _not_ breaking bread means don't skimp on charity.  It also means that when you have an investment, live on the earnings, not out of breaking up the principle or the business that is generating those earnings.  The Pythagoreans, like the Christians believed in owning all things in common.

One thing I am glad to learn, is that the Pythagorean "not breaking bread" does not mean the opposite of the Christian "breaking bread," that is, regarding the sayings meanings.  One does not have to interpret such sayings metaphorically, but it is clear that the ancients often did.
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Yes, toyomotor, they have to mean _something_.  Every thing means something.  What the relevance is, is entirely another question.  But, because there are Christians, and even some people running around calling themselves Pythagoreans, to break or not break is a question, not only for me, but _maybe_ for some others as well:)
What do you mean the custom of cutting bread did not develop until the 1700s, 1800s?.  Are you thinking of the earl of Sandwich? (seriously.)
Thank you Northman, it is interesting that the Christians hold all things in common and cite breaking bread as part of their fellowship.  Pythagoreans are said to hold things in common, but breaking bread is a sign of, shall we say, a miserly spirit who is not generous with his charity.  But maybe there is a distinction of insiders (breaking bread of Christian brotherhood), and outsiders (Pythagorean charity). 
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Apparently there ARE different meanings of "Breaking Bread"

http://www.gotquestions.org/breaking-of-bread.html


   
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Do they have to mean anything? 
Apparently the custom of cutting bread with a knife did not develop until the 1700/1800's.




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The Judeo-Christian tradition talks about breaking bread.

A Pythagorean symbole (saying) says you should not break bread

Does anyone have any insight about one versus the other?

What does breaking bread mean?  What does the opposite mean?
and why would Judeo-Christians advocate one, while 
the Pythagoreans would advocate the other?


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