The Flaws of Communism

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Submitted: October 11, 2018

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Communism is an ideology that arose from Karl Marx, that can be traced back to 1777. Communists believe that the government should be in control of everything in society, from property to the economy and even the very salaries of the citizens. They have a strong belief in the working class rising up against the rich and controlling of society and putting the power back into the hands of the people. Communists have a very optimistic view of people's outlook on how to treat other people and their work ethic, and a very pessimistic view on the higher-ups of society by saying that the only thing they care about is themselves and their own personal greed, and therefore they oppress the working class by giving them terrible working conditions and terrible wages in order for them to have more money for themselves. It is because of these opinions, they believe that the working class should fight against the top class of society and put the control of working conditions, wages, the economy, and everything else back in the hands of the people. Communism has caused a lot of very irrational and radical arguments and actions, the Cold War caused the red scare, which is a fear or near hatred of Communists, and even up until present day, Communists and capitalists have been butting heads every chance they get.

One argument or plus side of communism is that it provides equality between all social and economic classes, bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, the majorities and the minorities, the important and the lesser, this is all in the name of a utopia where all people are equal and there is no more oppression. Before I go any further I should say that I agree with communism ideologically and in theory, however, I believe that when implemented, human nature and natural greed overtake man's want for equality, causing for a complete downfall of the communist system put in place.

Several examples of communism can be seen throughout history, for example, the USSR, the DDR, Nazi Germany, and Cuba. In all of these cases a Communist regime everything seems fine, and nearly perfect in the beginning, everybody is happy, nationalism flows throughout the country, the economy is thriving, the country is just overall better. That is an example of why I agree with Communism in theory, however, it is once the inevitable happens that it all falls apart, when human nature takes over one's judgment. In the USSR, Stalin's crave for power over his people and other countries caused him to oppress the citizens and make the country utterly terrible. There's not much that needs to be said about Nazi Germany, the people wanted a way of escape from their Great Depression after World War I, and looked to the only man promising it in the form of Communism, and this man was Adolf Hitler. It is clearly seen in history that once his human nature was truly shown, literally the entire world fell apart at its seems. The Germans were more oppressed than ever, and up to 80 million people died from his actions, so again, Communism, in the end, caused pain and destruction. Finally, the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) or the German Democratic Republic was one of the more successful versions of Communism. This establishment existed from 1949 until 1990. As seen in the other examples of Communism, the people were very happy, very proud of their country, and thriving in every sense of the word, however the DDR followed the patterns seen in all other Communist states, it fell apart due to debt and public anger once they see the true nature of their leaders and see the end of the path that their country is following. From 1986 until the imminent fall of the establishment in 1990, the DDR began seeing flaws in their ways of government and the people attempted to change that, and in an election held in March of 1990, the proposal to reunify the DDR and western Germany was passed due to the financial crisis of the country.

As you can see in all of these examples, Communism tends to follow the same trends in history and even in the modern day. Extreme happiness and lavish living for the first part of the story and then near the end, everything falls apart and lives are destroyed or lost, hurting not only the country itself but other countries around the world.


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