The Communist regime was overthrown in Czechoslovakia during the November 1989 "velvet revolution", at just about the same time it fell in East Germany, Poland, Romania, and maybe a few other countries. However, the party was not banned, and a lot of the old people still support it. In fact, 41 out of 200 seats in the House of Representatives are members op the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, and it may be only a matter of time before someone forms a coalition government with them.
Some of my English students said they would be worried in such a situation, others didn´t. One of them told me that in Italy, there have been governments involving the Communist party and that there wasn´t any disaster. So I would ask:
1) What does the record show happens in countries where the Communist Party has been in government, but not in a regime, only as a coalition (or majority/minority government)? Is there typically trouble?
2) Does Italy have a leaning toward Communism? I have noticed that the topic of Communism comes up from time to time in relation to this country, and that the country´s crest looks VERY communist (it´s a 5-pointed star in a sprocket, not very imaginative).
3) Has the Communist Party of Canada ever held a seat?
4) Is Communism and being a Communist technically illegal in the USA? I often hear about Joseph Macarthy hunting them down, but don´t know what the implications of this were and are. It would interest me.