Wealth and Poverty: A Study on Communism and the Communist Manifesto

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Communism. The word sparks dread in the hearts of many Americans raised during the Cold War. What seems to be the basis for a potential utopian society in theory, so far has never, in practice, realized the desires of its institutors. Perhaps the reason communism has never been successful in effect lies in its most basic foundations. After all, a house, as most Texans can attest to, no matter how finely built, cannot stand careful scrutiny for cracks if its foundation is built on shifting soil. In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx addresses each of the popular objections people have, or had, towards communism. This essay seeks to explain whether he deals fairly with them all, and whether his arguments are, in the end, persuasive to…show more content…
He condemns their actions, and then goes on to show how the communists will do the same thing. For example, he says, “Bourgeois marriage is in reality a system of wives in common, and this, at the most, what the Communists might possibly be reproached with, is that they desire to introduce, in substitution for a hypocritically concealed, an openly legalized community of women” (Marx 472). The above is also an example of how communism intends to destroy morality by simply making immorality legal. What Marx is advocating is a sexual free-for-all. The bourgeoisie are already doing it, but the communists can do it better by expanding it, and making it normal instead of wrong. They hate the bourgeoisie for what they do, but they are going to do it too. Making something legal does not make it right, any more than who is doing it does. The Bible says, “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy” (The Holy Bible, New International Version, Rom. 13:13). Elsewhere, it also reminds readers not to envy those who practice evil. Presumably, the communists desire the same things as the bourgeoisie. They are jealous of what the bourgeoisie have, though they deem them hypocritical, and will go to great lengths to achieve it, be it immoral or no. In the process, they may become hypocritical themselves, but heaven forbid in the
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