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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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It is an article that anybody who wants to read should be able to understand. It is supposed to be simple. 2011 at 5:57pm Ryan Gibson · Denver. 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. Virginia When I came across this article I thought "oh no. unfortunately as many examples in nature have shown us. It isn't a scholarly article.com/cold-war/communism. how could anyone possibly say this will end oppression. society needs competition to move forward and without this competition we have no incentive to improve. Reply · 10 · Like · May 5. Least we forget that Stalin had Trotsky brutally murdered for his views and worldwide communist followers were put to death under Stalin. 2011 at 3:54am Jeff Aaron Hickey · University of Alaska Fairbanks Is there a better article on Communism? This is terrible lol. so we start heading in a backwards cycle. which is completely at odds with providing basic information on the topic. communism would have become much more widespread". completely incompetent. This makes me feel hopeful. The main area of conflict was between the United States and Russia which led to a tense nuclear arms buildup. The battle against hegemony is a long one. Better brush up on your history there because the Soviet Union did impose communism on it's Eastern European satellites. poor article. Colorado This article is built on a very basic knowledge of communism. so society stops caring. For example: "If Stalin had his way. This states that Stalin was a follower of Trotskyism. there have been countless examples and you know what? people have never. 2011 at 12:09pm 1 · Like · April 18 at 11:09am Julian T. I was so pleased that I just had to say something. try researching like the person who wrote this did.. Reply · 7 · Like · October 5. there will be no innovation. his biggest opponent in the bid for power following Lenin. there's no ownership or money or anything of the sort in a real communist system. Apparently HowStuffWorks is either a part of the propoganda machine. Reply · 1 · Like · October 16. this is socialism and not communism. Trotsky. 2011 at 4:22pm Ståle St åleskadet St ømsheim S h l fH dK k http://history. 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..howstuffworks. my point is that it is providing false information. 20 comments Gareth Ramsey Add a comment how the hell is communism meant to end oppression. 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. Built on assumptions. just like the socialism article.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. will never and can never change! people are selfish by nature! and therefore people need competition in order to move forward. Colorado Emma Pederson that is not the point I am making. there was a philosopher named Karl Marx. 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. Reply · 2 · Like · February 23 at 8:14am Top Commenter Bruce Stewart · Uhh. Neuhauser · Richmond. and with communism people cannot have this dream! people are not robots to be programmed to obey. 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. but not the end of global tensions. The Warsaw Pact was built as a defensive mechanism from western aggression (mostly Germany). or most likely both. 2011 at 5:46pm Emma Pederson This article was written to provide basic information on communism. people need a dream. 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. Reply · 18 · Like · April 1. 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.htm 6/10/2012 . If you want a lot of detail. Reply · 7 · Like · July 19. many of the statements are just plain false. Poor. by placing a dictator in place to decide what career you will follow or what education you will get. we stop trying to better ourselves. Reply · 2 · Like · February 23 at 7:46am Ryan Gibson · Denver.

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