Differences Of Joseph Stalin And Communism

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Karl Marx’s Manifesto of the Communist Party instigated a social revolution determined to end class divisions and form a self-governing, proletariat, economy called Communism. This manifesto helped the Russians realize that the constitutional monarchy cared nothing for the needs of the people; and, therefore, sparked a revolution that would end the reign of the monarchy and begin the reign of Communism in Russia. This revolution transformed Russia and lead to the formation of the Soviet Union of Russia. Unfortunately, many leaders of the communist party used socialism to legitimize their leadership, but as power can corrupt, the leaders were not faithful to the original doctrine of communism. They created their own version of a communism, one that would benefit themselves, as well as (they thought) Russia. Among one of those leaders was Joseph Stalin, a dictator who brought many years of isolation, repression, paranoia and gulags to the Russian people. Stalinism greatly differed from Marxism by ignoring the class struggle, and being a communist dictatorship.

The unfair treatment and abominable living conditions of the working class was due to industrialization; it was the reason
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Punishments included arrest, being sent to gulags or forfeiture of their land. Stalin also targeted the wealthier peasants, known as the kulaks, by sending them to the gulags. Stalin’s actions caused an explicit class struggle. The point of Marxism was to remove the class struggle by ending class divisions, but Stalin heightened the class struggle by putting the burden of supplying the cost of industrialization on the peasantry. This collectivization of agriculture caused great famines among the peasant class for the peasant farmers were forced to sell a majority of their crops (99%) at a very low price to the state, leaving them with little food and insufficient money to purchase food and other basic

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