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Where did Communism come from?

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2014-10-17 14:13:26

Communism as a political theory was derived from the 1848

libretto "The Communist Manifesto" written by Karl Marx and

Friedrich Engels. There were several attempts in the late 1800s and

early 1900s for Communists to come to power, with the first major

success being the Bolshevist Revolution in Russia in 1917-1924 led

by Vladmir Ilyinch Ulyanov, also known as Lenin. Lenin and his

successors in the Soviet Union (the renamed Russia) supported

Communist ascendancies elsewhere, especially Eastern Europe,

Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Communism as described by "The Communist Manifesto" has a number

of important stages in the creation of a communist society, which

has three main stages. The first stage is the revolution, to

allocate all resources to the workers and take them away from the

capitalists. The second stage is the dictatorship of the

proletariat, wherein the Communist Party would be developed in

order to promote the development of positive morality and

education. The third stage would be the willing dissassembly of the

Communist Party and all institutions of government, leaving a

mutually dependent and self-enforcing anarchy. Since all Communist

countries became paralyzed in the second stage, many

Communist-sympathizers and political theorists argue that Communism

has never been properly implemented. Their opponents argue, that a

proper implementation, as described by the proponents, runs counter

to human nature and the nature of institutions, and therefore, it

is unrealistic to expect such a Communist anarchy to come into


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