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Is communism a sound political philosophy?

Background and context

Communism is a socioeconomic structure that promotes the establishment of a classless, stateless society based on common ownership of the means of production. It is usually considered to be a branch of socialism, a broad group of social and political ideologies, which draws on the various political and intellectual movements with origins in the work of theorists of the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, although socialist historians say they are older. Communism attempts to offer an alternative to the problems believed to be inherent with capitalist economies and the legacy of imperialism and nationalism. Communism states that the only way to solve these problems would be for the working class, or proletariat, to replace the wealthy bourgeoisie, which is currently the ruling class, in order to establish a peaceful, free society, without classes, or government. The dominant forms of communism, such as Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, Trotskyism and Luxemburgism, are based on Marxism, but non-Marxist versions of communism (such as Christian communism and anarchist communism) also exist and are growing in importance since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Is communism fair?

Yes

  • "There is no other definition of communism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man."–Che Guevara
  • "The political form of a society wherein the proletariat is victorious in overthrowing the bourgeoisie will be a democratic republic." –Vladimir Lenin

No

  • Morality is subjective. You cannot realistically justify the idea that what you earn does not belong to you without first arguing for an absolutist morality, as morality is subjective. What if my morality is Randian Objectivism, and I think that the most moral thing to do is the pursue my own interests rather than the interests of others?

Pro/con videos

Yes


No


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