Marx And The Historic Evolution Of Communism

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Marx & Historic Evolution of Communism By: Karl Marx although widely considered the father of Communism (as it is now recognized) was neither the first or last to try and design an equal society based around the state. Although Marx's model is by far the most detailed and widely considered feasible, it is based on the works of many other socialist thinkers through the ages. The goal of this essay is to examine the contributions of as many of those other minds as possible and try to analyze where many of Marx's ideas originated.Before tearing down the fundamental ideals of Communism, I give you, the reader a hugely condensed overview of Marx's life and his ideas for the purposes of ...view middle of the document...

Private property was to be virtually abolished and leaders to be paid and treated the same as the rest. Ultimately formal government would become superfluous as people would be taught to help society in a selfless manner and keep it running.The first popular work expressing Socialist (pre-communist like) ideas was Plato's "Republic" in which he outlined a Society run by philosophers and enforced/aided by warriors. Emphasis was put on the perfect state, not the perfect person, although that was to be the eventual outcome. There was to be no private property and children were merely to be born of license from the state. Rulers would be treated and paid equally, but more successful ones would be 'rewarded' by more women. As it would seem, Plato's world was constructed on sexist ideals and ideas. As well, 'imperfect' children were to be killed, and works of art questioning the perfection of the gods, or ones that convey negative ideas were to be destroyed.Small groups through the middle ages also had similar ideas. The Ana-Baptists who were against child baptism expressed a wish to destroy the ruling classes and share all property (this included women & children). The Apostolic Brethren of Thirteenth Century Italy said much the same and hundred years later the Taborites once again preached the same thing in Central Europe. All three of the aforementioned groups were considered wildly heretical at the time and are not merely socialist, but lean heavily toward Anarchic.Thomas More's book utopia was loosely based on Republic, chiefly through the idea of an ideal state with very communist principals and concerns. In the book he saw society...

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