What is Communism?

What is Communism? “Though the term “communism” can refer to specific political parties, at its core, communism is an ideology of economic equality through the elimination of private property”. (Live science, n.d.) The system came to prominence with the help of German philosopher Karl Marx who is looked up at as an iconic figure. The reason for this being his work on the Communism Manifesto, which shaped the communist party. The party is also known as Marxism, which focused on social relations, analysing struggle due to the different classes. “Free the lower class from poverty and give the poor a fighting chance. How he believed it should be accomplished, however, was another story” (Hoyt, n.d.) Communists whom believed that everything should be done for the best of everyone and not just ones interest, being a feature of a world run on capitalism.


Hoyt, A. (n.d) ‘Communist Theories and Principles’. Available at: http://people.howstuffworks.com/communism1.htm (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

Live science (n.d) ‘What Is Communism?’ Available at: http://www.livescience.com/42980-what-is-communism.html (Accessed: 6 March 2015).

South African History Online (n.d) Differences between Capitalism & Communism and why did it start in Russia? | South African History Online. Available at: http://www.sahistory.org.za/article/capitalism-vs-communism-and-russian-revolution-grade-11 (Accessed: 6 March 2015).


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