In America we are taught that the republic, which is what America is, not a democracy, is much greater than communism, but is it really?
When I look at a republic/capitalist country it seems almost selfish that each person is try to make as much money as they can, instead of working for the nation as a whole, which is what communism/socialism is.
In the ideal society, where each person puts in the same amount of hard work as the next, then I see the benefits of communism/socialism, but seeing as people don't, at least not to the fullest extent, then I also see the perks of republican/capitalism.
There's pros/cons to both.
In my opinion the pros/cons for republic/capitalism is that each person is able to work for themselves and start from scratch and become rich and that a person has somewhat of a say in the government. It also works better at a large scale. The cons are the huge social difference from the rich and the poor, and that people's say in the government isn't as big as they like you to believe.
Communism pros are that if everyone works hard than they work for the country instead of for themselves and that the country does better. It works better in a small scale. The cons are that the government is totalitarian and you get absolutely no say and that some people will end up working harder than others or have better ideas than their neighbors, but they both benefit the same.
So really, what is better?
I don't approve of Reblicanism. I like what the US has: A Democratic-Republic, or possibly a Republican Democracy.
That said, don't confuse Big-R Republicanism with little-r republicanism. Same with Democracy and democracy.