Essay about The Changing Goals of Communism

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     The original goals of communism, a perfect proletariat society, transformed over time; from the revolutionary thinking of Karl Marx to the murderous communist dictatorships of V.I. Lenin and Joseph Stalin. In the original Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles, the orignal idea of communism and socialism was to form a perfect proletariat society, where there were no classes and all people lived as equals together. Over the years, the original idea of peace and equality for all was transformed and molded to fit a certain person or groups personal interests. The peaceful society idea never worked out at all in a country like Russia. Rulers like Stalin and Lenin not only did not carry out…show more content…
There were not only many divisions between the proletariat movement, but in some cases fighting broke up. This just driving a greater wedge between two groups of proletariats, and creating larger and lasting divisions in the movement. Marx said a united communist front would be successful, there was no unity in the communist movement in Russia. Eventually the idea that only one specific proletariat party could have power led to bloody purges of opposition and uprisings throughout the country.      Early communist thinkers stressed that a proletariat takeover of a government should be a peaceful one, not the overall blood bath of the takeover and the purges in Russia. The process of a communist takeover involves that formation of one single classless society, where everyone is a proletariat. To do this, the party must “rid” the country of the bourgeoisie class and other non-worker classes. I believe the original plan to accomplish this involved the gradual changes from the upper class to worker. Not the quick, bloody liquidation of a class like that of the Kulaks. Even though Stalin ideas of forming one united worker class went along with original communist plans, his way of achieving this did not. He asks the question in “The Collectivization and Liquidation of the Kulaks” (pg.271)
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