Communism And Social Totalitarianism

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When we think of communism we think of government’s such as present day North Korea and Lenin’s Soviet Union. These countries had communistic philosophy in mind, but ultimately created a government that resembled more than anything social totalitarianism. This is because these governments relied on the state to control all the aspects of society, whereas in a true communistic society, the society is all-powerful and there is no room for the state. In his book, Communist Manifesto, Marx talks about the history of human society and emphasizes the true meaning of communism.
Marx argues that the history of human society is the history of class struggles. This thought does not come without warrant. History has shown a trend in which human society
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In doing so, the conditions for class antagonism will also be overthrown ultimately leading to a classless society. Some central features include the abolition of private property. Marx does not mean the abolition of your valuables; he means the abolition of the bourgeoisie private property which fundamentally is social power. For example, take a man who has a hefty saving account and a golf club set. In this case, the savings account would need to go away, but the golf clubs could stay. This is because the savings account counts as a social power as its sheer size can be used as a tool to acquire other things. However, the golf club set is fine as its only function serves to provide the individual with joy and does not hold any social power. Furthermore, a feature of communist society is that requires all its members to work. Even though a communist society is looking to take care of all its people, it cannot do that on its own if the people in the society do not continue to produce necessities and provides services. Since things like money have been abolished, now everyone can perform their job with the feeling of being as equally as valuable as everyone else. Thus, class antagonism soon ceases to exist, and with this leads to another central feature of communism which is the loss of state. This is because the abolition of private

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