The Tenets of Communism: Background information when reading Iron Curtain

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Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

by Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain
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The Tenets of Communism

Karl Marx Communism is an economic and philosophical theory that can be summed up by a phrase made popular by the "father of communism," Karl Marx: "From each, according to his ability, to each according to his need."

In its ideal form, all property is held in common; there is no private ownership. There are also no class divisions, and equal weight is given to everyone in the society regardless of gender or race. Poverty and wealth are both non-existent since all products and services are distributed equally to all. Decisions are based on what will benefit society as a whole as opposed to what will enrich just one person or group.

Although communism became an important influence beginning in the middle of the 19th century, it is not a new theory. Marx believed that it was the natural state for primitive hunter-gatherer communities, and that private property didn't develop until people were well off enough to produce a surplus. The idea of a classless society goes back at least as far ...

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