Communism And The Soviet Union

1853 WordsApr 1, 20158 Pages
On December 26, 1991, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was officially dissolved. While the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a sign that the Cold War was soon to be over, the breakup of the Soviet Union truly symbolised its end. After a bitter era of global fighting between capitalism and communism, each led by the United States and the USSR respectively, it appeared that, for better or for worse, capitalism had prevailed. Today, it looks like this indeed was the case. The People’s Republic of China is the only communist state out of five in the global top 50 in nominal GDP, and although the fact that it is all the way in second might lend modern communism credibility, it would be inaccurate to label it a true communist state from an economic perspective. With communism now largely absent from the vast majority of the world’s regimes, it would appear that it has disappeared as a viable form of government for the time being. With this, communism and its most noteworthy pioneer, Karl Marx, have had their relevance questioned. Having lost the battle for dominance as a global political system, is there still a purpose in learning and analysing Marxism? The answer is yes. While it is undeniable that it has had a troubled history, there are still many lessons to take away from it. Owing especially to his ideas on social and economic equality, the Marxist perspective can still provide insight even into a firmly capitalist society. Equality might seem like an overly broad
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