Communism: Not as bad as one might think

Tristan Hughes ’19, Business & Ad Manager

When the average American hears the word “Communism,” they likely associate it with negative entities, like dictatorship, and tyranny. However, if communism is practiced correctly, it is not nearly as horrible as we perceive it to be.

Before anything else, you must throw all preconceived ideas that you have about communism out the window. communism is not synonymous with dictatorship. It is important to remember that there have been no fully communist states in the history of the world.

By definition, communism is a political and economic ideology in which society as a whole owns and controls the means of production. Private ownership of property and profit making business is instead replaced with public ownership and communal control of production.

Many people living in America are likely disgusted by this idea. Losing private ownership may seem like a large negative with the system, but it is important to remember that society as a whole would benefit from this.

As long as civilization has existed, there has been a major struggle between social classes; today they are defined by social and economic status. In today’s America, money plays a major role in one’s social class, and the gap between the rich and the poor in America is larger than it has ever been.

Karl Marx, the father of communism, divided classes within society differently. He saw two social classes in society. One, who owned the means of production, and the other, who was the labor power. He saw that, “Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other.” He believed that war between social classes was imminent. With communism, this issue is eradicated completely, as without private ownership of production, social classes would disappear entirely.

Another big issue that Americans have with communism is the sharing of wealth. Under a communist economy, rich people would make significantly less. But on the flipside, poor people would receive a significant economic boost. Over time, this would create a single middle class in which everyone is economically equal. Theoretically, if practiced correctly, this would cause poverty and hunger to cease entirely.

Communism is by no means a perfect system, but it is not nearly as bad as many people believe. When practiced perfectly, communism would eradicate poverty and the wealth gap. Former communist leader, Fidel Castro said, “there is not communism or marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.” The concept of communism is to create a utopia with a stable economy and welfare for all. Once you forget passed attempts of communism, and look at the theory behind it, you will find that the system is not nearly as bad as you might think.

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