Karl Marx 's Interpretation Of Communism

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Ever since Karl Marx’s famous interpretation of communism, which masses have read through his writings, many other people have sought power to turn capitalist societies into perfectly communist ones, each in their own ways. Two of those people who left a strong legacy behind them are Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro. Each worldview will be contrasted and compared.
People do not turn into communist figures overnight. It is usually some event that happens in an individual’s life that will make them question the current systems in society and make them want to change them. For Joseph Stalin, this shift happened when he began to read books and to open doors to a new, wider world where his very religious mother never went. This wider world also
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He aimed to industrialize rapidly the Soviet Union, but missed and claimed the lives of 10,000,000 people, mainly due to famine, instead (Wood, week 5, slide 6). We call this period the Great Terror (Wood, week 5, slide 7).
Furthermore, his world view was less oriented towards the world and a little more towards his own country. In fact, the leader of a once powerful nation, now crumbling down, focused exclusively on the Soviet Union as a starting point for a revolution with his “Socialism in one country”, thus putting a stop to Lenin’s ideas of world revolution (Wood, week 5, slide 7).
Joseph Stalin’s obsession with security greatly influenced his world view. In truth, this could be one of the reasons why Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler in 1939. When the latter broke the pact and invaded his country, Stalin made sure that Hitler would pay. To the surprise of many, he allied himself with the American and the British, making sure that Hitler and the Germans would lose World War II (Wood, week 5, slide 14). We could conclude that in his worldview, security, revenge and reputation was more important than the lives of the population since 8.6 million civilians died.
In summary, Joseph Stalin’s worldview was built around his obsession with himself and security (Wood, week 5, slide 28). He was a realist who thought that the world embodied conflict which fuelled his paranoia and his preoccupation for his own power (Wood, week

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