Communists

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external image Karl_Marx.jpgKarl Marx, communist philosopher and revolutionary

external image Lenin-portrait.jpgVladimir Ilyich Lenin, Russian communist leader

external image 100px-Hammer_and_sickle.svg.pngThe hammer and sickle -- our symbol

external image 422px-MaoZedong.jpgMao Zedong, the Communist leader of the People's Republic of China

external image chp_ussr_map_1.jpg Map of the former U.S.S.R.

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Philosophy/Political Theory

Communism first began when Karl Marx, who some say was the father of our political philosophy, started expressing his philsophy of an ideal society. Marx saw the corruption in the workplace and in the political environment of Russia. Around this time, industrialization was taking hold on Russia, at the encouragement of Sergei Witte and other politicians. Karl Marx and we, his followers, observed that the means of production in factories was owned by a rich capitalist businessman, rather than the workers (proletariats) who were the ones actually operating the factory. This inequality and unfairness in society signified a social problem for us, who sought to bring about a classless society without the need for capitalism. We believed that only through such a society would people be truly free, and be able to use their own personal talents to better society.
Marxism, outlined in The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels and Das Kapital by Marx, began the political theory of communism. Our philosophy was also based on a variant of socialism, although our political views differ from those of socialists on many issues (Socialism promotes a gradual shift away from capitalism, while communism promotes a "dictatorship of the proletariat" as the initial phase of communism. From the original communist theory of the Manifesto, we have branched off in many different directions. Some of us communists are strictly Marxists, while others are Maoists, Trostkyists, Titoists, Leninists, Stalinists, anarchist communists, or Christian communists. All of these have different characteristics, mostly based on the political views of their leaders (such as Mao Zedong for Maoists), while still retaining our overall vision of communism, centered on class struggle and sympathy for the working class.

Culture

As a political theory, communism cannot be said to have one particular culture. The communist culture that Marx envisioned has never been successfully put into practice, in which a classless society affords all people ultimate freedom and equality, without the fetters of capitalist economy. However, many cultures have adapted communism to their own societies. Several communist states have ended up becoming cruel dictatorships, as was the case in Stalinist Russia.

Religion

"Religion is the opiate of the masses" --Karl Marx
We believe that religion is simply an instrument used for oppression of the masses by the upper classes of society. Even religion fits into the Marxist vision of human history as a "class struggle", since it is a delusion used by the privileged to keep their high places in society.

Blog

1982 - Anti-Communism as a U.S. Religion: The U.S. government and, by its political/economic influence, the media as well, have constantly denounced the peoples and the ideals represented by Communism. For example, the U.S. fought the Cold War, and tried to stop the spread of our political movement into countries such as Vietnam. They did this to protect their own business and political interests, as themselves being the "upper crust" of American society. What about the working people, the men and women who are oppressed under the practice of capitalism, which benefits few at the expense of many? These are the people we care about; however, throughout the 20th century, we were vilified by the U.S. gov. and press. Therefore, anti-communism has become somewhat of a national religion in the States, as a result of a continued propaganda campaign.
1953 - McCarthyism: In the 1950s in the United States, a Red Scare took place, as this was during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. All of us in the United States were persecuted against, and placed on blacklists, and even those who were suspected to be one of us was blacklisted, and their careers were ruined. Many people in show business were suspected Communists. Joe McCarthy was the leader behind this Red Scare of the 1950s, and McCarthyism has been compared to a modern witch hunt, since the government was ruthlessly hunting us down to punish us, usually without valid evidence. This is yet another example of anti-communism's prevalence in American culture.
1991 - The fall of the USSR: In Russia we communists had created a very powerful country in the Soviet Union. However, in late 1991, the Soviet countries signed the Belavezha Accords to dissolve the Union. Soon after, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, and the Soviet Union fell. Since then, the anticommunist backlash has become less severe worldwide, since the major superpower of Russia had to now try to run its government without us to lead the way.

The Wall

-Yeah dude, I totally agree. We definitely need to chill sometime, catch up on old times. It's too bad we are no longer in power in Russia and the rest of eastern Europe, or else we'd call some of you guys in to help us out. Maybe we can get some coffee or something and discuss some of Karl Marx's political theories. Then you might be able to give us some more ideas on how to control the economy, because our way is so much better than capitalism. Give me a ring when you get the chance!- Soviets

- Hey, hey, we don't think its too fair that Marx went with his own ideas... that were based off of us! We could have talked things over and changed the ways of our group to fit to your standards. The two of us being two separate groups seems kinda silly. Anyways, our gradual approach is much better for everyone compared to your similar ideas. You should think about it, there still time for you to change your ways. - Utopian Socialists

Hey! How come I'm not your friend? I love you just as much as China and the Soviet Union!!! You've done a very good job of keeping the Americans out of my house, and for that I must thank you. -Cuba

Lenin is totally with you. In 1917 Lenin brought us enough power to be heard and the power to implement what we want. Everyone needs a break and equality, no one needs to be supreme. The Bolsheviks agree completely with your life style, and think it should continue as long as possible. The Bolsheviks

Yah, your idea sounds great and all, but keep it to yourself, we were doing fine and then the //People's Republic of China// had to come in and force their comunist views on us, we had our own culture and we liked it, Tibet.

Bibliography

Bentley, Jerry H., and Ziegler Herbert F.. Traditions and Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
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