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In a perfect world, everyone would have food and shelter, and a true utopian society would be devoid of sexism, racism and other forms of oppression. But for most of the world's population, this perfect society just isn't possible. Communism is one proposed solution to these problems. Most people know what communism is at its most basic level. Simply put, communism is the idea that everyone in a given society receives equal shares of the benefits derived from labor. Communism is designed to allow the poor to rise up and attain financial and social status equal to that of the middle-class landowners. In order for everyone to achieve equality, wealth is redistributed so that the members of the upper class are brought down to the same financial and social level as the middle class. Communism also requires that all

Russian revolutionaries and leaders Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin at the Congress of the Russian Communist Party. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

means of production be controlled by the state. In other words, no one can own his or her own business or produce his or her own goods because the state owns everything. According to the philosopher Frederick Engels' "Principles of Communism," the plan for

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ultimate financial and social equality is built on the principle that the system should spread around the world until all countries are on board [source: Engels]. This central goal has caused capitalist nations to keep their guards up, fearing that communist economic practices might spread to their countries. Who are communists, and why do non-communist cultures consider them radical? Does communism work in practice? Next, we'll take a look at the father of communism.




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unfortunately as many examples in nature have shown us. Reply · 18 · Like · April 1. there's no ownership or money or anything of the sort in a real communist system. a dictator will obviously oppress his people because time and time again we have been shown power corrupts or have we decided to forget this. It isn't a scholarly article. there have been countless examples and you know what? people have never. Reply · 2 · Like · February 23 at 7:46am Ryan Gibson · Denver. The main area of conflict was between the United States and Russia which led to a tense nuclear arms buildup. Built on so society stops caring. Reply · 7 · Like · July 19. 2011 at 12:09pm 1 · Like · April 18 at 11:09am Julian T. many of the statements are just plain false. we stop trying to better ourselves. his biggest opponent in the bid for power following Lenin. Poor. Better brush up on your history there because the Soviet Union did impose communism on it's Eastern European satellites. For example: "If Stalin had his way. Trotsky. Virginia When I came across this article I thought "oh no.. Colorado Emma Pederson that is not the point I am making. 2011 at 5:46pm Emma Pederson This article was written to provide basic information on communism. It is supposed to be simple. but not the end of global tensions. THIS IS A FORM OF OPPRESSION! for a society to be completely free of oppression one must be allowed to make ones own choices unfortunately that means that communism cannot support itself. my point is that it is providing false information. 2011 at 5:57pm Ryan Gibson · Denver.HowStuffWorks "How Communism Works" Page 2 of 3 Watch videos of What the Ancients Knew >> YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE How Communism Works Before the Red Terror or nuclear arms race. Reply · 2 · Like · February 23 at 8:14am Top Commenter Bruce Stewart · Uhh. Colorado This article is built on a very basic knowledge of communism. 20 comments Gareth Ramsey Add a comment how the hell is communism meant to end oppression. advocated world communism which Stalin advocated communism for Russia and only in the interest of Russia. Read about how the end of World War II gave rise to the Cold War.. just like the socialism article. and with communism people cannot have this dream! people are not robots to be programmed to obey. I was so pleased that I just had to say something. there will be no innovation. poor article. How did one man's ideas lead to centuries of political and social unrest? Popular Articles Central Treaty Organization Korean War Southeast Asia Treaty Organization The Cold War: October 1951-1991 V-J Day meant the end of World War II. this is socialism and not communism. Least we forget that Stalin had Trotsky brutally murdered for his views and worldwide communist followers were put to death under Stalin. which is completely at odds with providing basic information on the topic. so we start heading in a backwards cycle. will never and can never change! people are selfish by nature! and therefore people need competition in order to move forward. Reply · 10 · Like · May 5. This states that Stalin was a follower of Trotskyism. Reply · 1 · Like · October 16. how could anyone possibly say this will end oppression. or most likely both. Apparently HowStuffWorks is either a part of the propoganda machine. Where did you go to school and learn that Stalin did not want to export communism to other countries? WOW! Reply · View 4 more Kevin Berg · Works at Cinéma Colossus Just reading the first paragraph. there was a philosopher named Karl Marx. society needs competition to move forward and without this competition we have no incentive to improve. another anti-far-left article that will have millions of vile comments from right wingers and their close minded spawn" but then after seeing the thorough corrections and reasonable (not slanderous or explicative filled) discourse that made up the comment section. 2011 at 4:22pm Ståle St åleskadet St ømsheim S h l fH dK k http://history. If you want a lot of detail. The battle against hegemony is a long one. completely incompetent. communism would have become much more widespread". in this life its survival of the fittest! people need to open their eyes to realise that conmmunism takes the drive out of society! Reply · 5 · Like · April 25 at 10:06am Top Commenter · Whatcom Community College Keegan McCoy · This is pure trite. This makes me feel hopeful. people need a dream.howstuffworks. Neuhauser · Richmond. Reply · 7 · Like · October 5. The Warsaw Pact was built as a defensive mechanism from western aggression (mostly Germany).htm 6/10/2012 . 2011 at 3:54am Jeff Aaron Hickey · University of Alaska Fairbanks Is there a better article on Communism? This is terrible lol. It is an article that anybody who wants to read should be able to understand. try researching like the person who wrote this did. by placing a dictator in place to decide what career you will follow or what education you will get.

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