The Evolution of Communist Theory & Practice

Communism: Apolitical theory derived from Karl Marx,advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

Karl Marx
Part one:Marx

The historical context that allowed communist theory to develop and become popular was the Industrial Revolution because Marx saw all of history as the story of struggles between different classes for the control of wealth.

Marx view of communism description is that the conflict group would be the bourgeoisie and the proletariat.

Bourgeoisie- factory owners and the middle class

Proletariat- factory workers

Part two: Lenin

The historical context at the time of Lenin was WWI, people started a civil war.

Lenin view of communism was that he would have to push the peasants to start the revolution while Marx believed the revolution would be spontaneous.

Part three: Zedong

The historical context going at the time of Mao Zedong was World War one, people wanted to be equal.

Zeadong believed that the peasants would overthrow the authority of the landowners, Marx ends with dictatorship of proletariat and Lenin with single party admission.

Part four: Backlash

The reaction against communist theory in ItalY and Germany during the Inter-War Years was that it was bad. First, Hitler went into power in Germany and he killed all the jews, he brain washed the soldiers to listen to him. Lastly, in Italy Mussolini was the Fascist leader, it was bad how he was treating all the people in Italy.

Inter-War years was from 1919 to 1939.

Part five: Connection

The things that make Cuba a communist country is that it is ruled by a dictator. The state controls all means of production and central planning.Cuba is run by a political party, called the Communist party, which does not allow independents or other parties to run against it in elections.

Gradually did Castroism come to identify itself with Marx-Leninism, although from the very beginning of the Cuban revolution Castro revealed his attachment to certain of Marx's ideas. Castro's Marxism rejects some of the tenets and practice of official Marxism-Leninism:it is outspoken against dogmatism, bureaucracy, and sectarianism. At the same time it aims to apply a purer Marxism to the conditions of Cuba: alleged American imperialism, a single-crop economy, a low initial level of political and economic development.

Part Six: Reaction/So what?

What I believed about communist theory and practice was not a good government and it was not fair to the people. Communist control the newspaper people are being censored from everything, people had no rights their freedom of press is taken away. I don't agree with communist practice because I believe people should have rights to do what they want and what they feel is good for them. I think the better system is Democracy were have a say in their government.

Javier Sanpedro

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