To truly analyze an idea or opinion, one needs to step out of their own perspective and look at everything impartially. Unfortunately, the world’s history is never written analytically. As Winston Churchill once said, “History is written by the victors.” His words hold true throughout history, and as a result, most of history needs to be reanalyzed to be thoroughly understood. One major example of this is the way that we, as Americans, perceive the idea communism. Most of us have read about or experienced World War II, Vietnam war, the cold war, or the Cuban missile crisis that causes us to naturally feel an aversion to the idea of communism in general. However, this aversion may be misplaced; communism in its simplest form is actually meant to promote equality.Karl Marx, the founder of communism along with Fredrich Engels, wrote The Communist Manifesto to share his views and analyze the past to predict events of the future. Karl Marx believed that societies with classes would break down would be replaced by communism. Additionally, he thought that capitalist societies would be eventually replaced by socialist societies and finally be replaced by communism. Communism, according to Marx, would be a society where the was equal education, no inheritance, close to equal pay (based on a progressive taxes), and no ownership of services or property (government owned property, communication services, and transportation). His views and writings made an impact on history that still can be felt today.
After reading through and understanding The Communist Manifesto, I felt inclined to disfavor its form of government. Our government (United States for any stray international readers) is built to support capitalism, individual interest, and growth. This allows individual success to translate into individual benefits. One of my personal dreams is to start my own company and make it successful. As a result, I have naturally come to support capitalism since I feel that my hard work should result in my own benefit. These dreams and opinions clash with the views of communism as well as those of humanitarians. As a humanitarian, I can see major positives in having a communist form of government. With a communist form of government, no one will be poor, no one will be hungry, no one will be uneducated, and everyone will be able to survive. In this world, every person is nearly equal and every profession is equally as important (writers are as important as doctors). Looking from this view, I can see how communism can be a beneficial form of government in a sense that it raises and keeps equal the standard of living for all people within in nation. This eliminates any class struggles (Occupy Wall Street) and leads to a nation without too many internal conflicts (single party in power).
With this new understanding of communism, it is easy to see that its basic principles are sound. Although its principles may clash with personal beliefs, I hope that you, as a reader, now understand the merits of communism.