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What is Communism?

Merriam Webster Dictionary describes Communism as . . .

“a way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property.”

German philosophers, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, co-wrote “The Communist Manifesto,” their work goes into detail explaining the theories behind Communism and their ultimate goals. The driving force behind this movement is the struggle between classes, which Communism seeks to eliminate. The manifesto describes that there are recurring patterns of class struggles and the rise of new classes throughout history.  Marx and Engels believed that the only way to end this historical cycle is to take away the separation of classes. However, they explain that this change must come from revolution not reforms in government.  “The Communist Manifesto,” is broken down into four sections Bourgeois and Proletarians, Proletarians and Communists, Socialist and Communist Literature, and Position of the Communists in Relation to the Various Existing Opposition Parties. This summary of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels explanation of Communism through “The Communist Manifesto,” was fairly brief if you wish to learn more there is a link provided to the full manifesto. https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Manifesto.pdf

Karl Marx believed that . . .

“the theory of Communism could be summed up in one sentence: abolish all private  property.” 

With a brief summary of “The Communist Manifesto,” you, like Marx can now sum up Communism in one sentence.

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