Is Communism A Bad Thing?
Communism: the political theory or system in which all property and wealth is owned in a classless society by all the members of a community. A system where all property and facilities belong to the state and the needs of the state are always superior to the individuals.
Once the scourge and fear of capitalist societies the world over, Communism has, in recent years, fallen by the wayside. Communism has been branded, over the years, as evil, despicable, and unwholesome; vicious words that do not aptly describe a simple utopian idea that fails to account for individual spirit and the less desirable traits of greed, power, and wealth.
A political system that was inspired by the writing of Karl Marx, a German philosopher and political theorist, Communism was born in the wake of a people’s revolution; the Russian Revolution of 1917.
The Russian people, impoverished under the rule of ineffectual Russian Tsar Nicholas II, longed for effective change in their ailing society; and after a bloody conflict which lasted years between several factions, sided with the victor, one Vladimir Lenin, and his introduction of a Karl Marx based political system; known then as Marxist – Leninism; recognized today as Communism. Communism was to be the antibiotic to the capitalist, money-driven society that Russia was before the revolution: a society in which now all it’s members would be equal as human beings, would be educated and would productively serve the state. Debt, demand, inequality, and the “rat race” would no longer exist.
Although in theory the Communist system may sound utopian, in practice, the system was not perfect; and it’s flaws were solely driven by the corruption of the hearts of men. Such a fact is best illustrated by a case study of one man: The Man of Steel; Joseph Stalin.
Stalin, having worked as the secretary of the now communist Russian state for years, himself, after Lenin’s death, to become the new de facto leader of the United States of Soviet Russia.
Through the course of his leadership, Stalin proved how fragile and easily manipulated the communist system truly was: building a cult of utter worship over his personality, Stalin industrialized the backwards Russian state and in under 15 years, had brought Soviet Russia to a technological level comparable to the United States of America.
Stalin, as an individual, was exceeded only by his own greed and fear: Stalin was directly responsible for the deaths of twenty million people, as he ruthlessly ordered any being who he believed stood against his government to a Gulag; known today as a Concentration Camp, in which human beings did not often survive past two months. Stalin also sided with Adolf Hitler, Nazi Furher of Germany, in a bid to gain territory from the conquered state of Poland. It was not until Germany’s betrayal of Russia, in which Nazi forces invaded and conquered most of the state, that Stalin sided with the Allies, driving the Nazi forces back into the heart of Berlin, where the war was won.
Stalin died in 1953, bringing the reign of the man who believed death was the solution to all problems to an end. But his cult of personality exceeded him as new leaders emerged in his wake; uniting Russia in Stalin’s name.
It was evident through Stalin that communism, as a system, was easily manipulated to serve a single person’s desires. Communism, after the war, had spread to American chagrin across the globe; adopted in China and led by the vicious Chairman Mao; a dictator who, like Joseph Stalin, established his own state that lived on his whims.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, America and Russia were engaged in a Cold War; an ideological battle, in which there was no physical conflict, where a Capitalist, money driven America stood against a communist, united Russia.
It was not until Communist Russia’s inexplicable and sudden collapse in the 1990’s that communism could not properly be examined: without a strong leader at the state’s helm, such as Vladimir Lenin or Joseph Stalin, a communist system could not survive. Without the reign of a revolutionary hero or a despicable dictator, the system would show an inherent flaw; in a society in which all people were equal, no human being was fit to lead; and without a leader, no human society could last. Through such a study of communism, we can glean one fact; Communism, itself, a flawed utopian dream, is not a bad thing; no human dream of freedom, happiness, and equality is.
However, the nature of the system is ultimately dependent on the individual who leads it; and the world today only recognizes Communism as a system under the direction of tyrannical madmen who live to make the world their own, or revolutionary heroes who hold their dreams in their hearts, but could not let their dream exceed their lifetime. Communism, therefore, is not something to be feared; but is rather to be acknowledged as a flawed system which truly reveals the motives and minds of men, behind the facade of human equality, freedom, and peace.