Communism - Jackman 1 Christie Jackman Hist 1400 Section...

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Jackman 1 Christie Jackman Hist 1400 Section 022 Karl Trybus 10/27/08 The Evil of Humanity The Webster’s Dictionary defines communism as a form of government in which there is a doctrine that all goods and means of production should be property of the community 1 . In other words in a communist society, there is one person in charge and the rest have no choice but to do as this person says. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is a short manifesto that states that there will be a revolution in a matter of time and the result of this revolution will be a communist government. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin is a novel that was written with means of attacking the idea of communism and all of the issues it brings along with it. Although some of the events that occur in Zamyatin’s novel are a little over the top, the manifesto that Marx and Engels wrote underestimates the evil of humanity. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels envisioned a utopia in their manifesto. The manifesto starts out by saying, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles 2 .” Marx and Engels believed that class struggles were the reason for any revolution or historical development and the class struggles are made possible by the means of production of that era. They said that in time, a revolution would occur and from it a communist society, or as they thought a utopia, would emerge. Marx and Engels’ definition of communism was, “…Agglomerated population, centralized means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands…Independent, or but loosely connected provinces, with separate interests, laws, governments, and systems of taxation, became lumped together into one nation, with one government, one code of laws, one
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