Lecture 8- Communism and Postcommunism

Lecture 8- - Communism and Postcommunism Ricardo Rene Laremont 1 Introduction What about the poor What about the working class What is the best way

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05/07/09 1 Communism and Postcommunis m Ricardo Rene Laremont
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05/07/09 2 Introduction What about the poor? What about the working class? What is the best way of eliminating inequality?
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05/07/09 3 Marxism Workers need to seize the state and make the state operate in their interests Workers need to seize the means of production A more just society must be created Then the state will “wither away”
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05/07/09 4 Leninism Communist Party as Vanguard of the Proletariat Single Party Democratic Centralism- “What is to be Done?”
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05/07/09 5 Mao and Ho Chi Minh Revolution led by peasantry rather than industrial working class
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05/07/09 6 Stalinist State Elite in charge Elite sets production and prices in market place Use of terror Communist Party is an “elite cadre” party at apex of society; only 10% of society admitted into membership
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05/07/09 7 Governmental Structure Politburo Central Committee Regional Committee Party Cells
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Lecture 8- - Communism and Postcommunism Ricardo Rene Laremont 1 Introduction What about the poor What about the working class What is the best way

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