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Did Marx believe that politics is left unchanged by Historical Materialism?

Recently, I've been reading the works of Marx and Engels to understand the meaning of Historical Materialism; as I inclusively believe in a form of Collective Determinism of ideas ( not physical or ...
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Why do Communist governments turn more socially conservative over time?

One thing I noticed is that many Communist governments are becoming more socially conservative the more they establish themselves. Be it the USSR from legalizing homosexuality to banning Jazz, Jeans ...
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How does Karl Marx’s political vision, views, or advocacy differ from communism as realized in places like Soviet Russia? [duplicate]

Since learning a bit more about Marxism, the question has been opened in my mind, to what extent a common perception of what a communist society is supposed to be like - for example, the USSR - is ...
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Which countries have the highest number of state owned enterprises after China?

The state sector has always been an important element of many economies, including the most advanced ones. There are legitimate economic and non-economic reasons for state ownership and views on the ...
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How do radical ecologists and anarchist communists tackle the issue of other countries military imperialism?

Radical ecologism (Jacques Ellul, André Gorz, Ivan Illich) and left anarchism (Bakunin, Guy Debord) advocate for the disparition of the state, in favor of little communes, living peacefully, sharing ...
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Is there any relation between “rouge-brun” and “anarchisme de droite”?

Is there any relation between “rouge-brun” and “anarchisme de droite”? It seems to me there should not be, because the former mixes socialism and far-right nationalism, while the latter mixes ...
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What is the difference between left communism and anarcho-communism?

I was reading about the term tankie on Wikipedia and it lead me to other terms such as red fascism and left communism. The Wikipedia articles on Left Communism and Left Communists (Weimar Republic) ...
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How was communism a way to achieve national liberation and self-determination?

In an answer of another question concerning the link between communism and nationalism, it was stated "communism was even seen as a way to achieve national liberation and self-determination"....
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How are communist regimes nationalist?

Communism is supposed to be an internationalist ideology. The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality. The working men have no country. We cannot take ...
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Did the USSR and other communist countries fund the hippie movement?

In comments of another SE Politics post, we can read that Russia funded leftist movements in the 70's. I believe if external influence there was, it would have started from political movements such as ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

Context It is a common usage to call some right-wing movements in Western countries "reactionary". See Wikipedia: In ideology, reactionism is a tradition in right-wing politics Reactionary ...
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Why does Communist propaganda portray capitalists as wearing Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jewish male uniforms? [closed]

Black hat, black suit, black pants, white shirt.
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Which western communist parties use crypto for donations? [closed]

Being aware of Russia's political scene, I noticed that some Communist organizations (specifically Anarcho-Communists) use cryptocurrencies for donations. I noticed that a lot of Western Communist ...
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What was the cause of the MAGAcommunism movement?

I know what I am saying sounds nonsensical at first. But I am referring to a group of Communists who unironically support Trump. This movement and way of thought was established by the YouTuber Haz ...
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Who are modern ideologues/philosophers of Communism and how do they interpret Marx?

Communism remains a popular belief^1, despite the dismal performance of the Communist states in terms of public prosperity and human rights.^2 As far as I can judge, there are three currents in ...
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We are individually striving for wealth to be independent from necessity to work. Why society as whole is unwilling to be independent from work? AI [closed]

My question is arising from recent ChatGTP & plugins developments which provides the great tools for automation of jobs. I can observe that people individually are striving to gain wealth and the ...
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"Communism in the Soviet Union, China, etc., wasn't real communism" - is that true? [closed]

To my knowledge, communism is a classless society in which everyone contributes and receives according to their ability and needs. When people bring up the Soviet Union or China as examples where ...
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Is this communist-like economic ideology already a thing?

Everyone knows what communism is, and generally in the real world it doesn’t work out for the people. Communism has many flaws and after a long while of thinking how these flaws can be fixed it became ...
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Any successful example of democratic socialism in Latin America/South America that lasted at least twenty years?

Yes, I know there are versions of authoritarian socialism in South America that have been tried, but I want to know if there are any successful democratic socialist communities that lasted at least ...
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Is the government in power in Taiwan the same Government before Imperial Japan? [closed]

As I was studying developments between the PRC's and ROC's informal and formal "diplomacy" (I put it in quotation marks because the PRC's form of diplomacy is literally launching missiles ...
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What are some criticisms of communism/socialism from a left wing perspective?

Typically, socialism and communism are criticized from a right wing perspective but I was curious on some left-wing critiques of socialism/communism. One source I found states Since the split of the ...
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Are there examples of grassroots-level corruption in the history of socialism/communism?

I have found an evidence of elite corruption: Finally, the project for socialism as the promise of plenty generated by the planning mechanisms of the all-people’s state terminated in elite corruption ...
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What does this black and white middle-part variation of the communist flag stand for?

That was shown at a Zyuganov rally in 1996, but it's not clear to me if it's some kind of counter-protest that's seen in the background or if it is really the flag of communist organization I don't ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

US Immigration laws state (D)Immigrant membership in totalitarian party (i)In general Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or ...
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List of communist subdivisions in existing countries

Half a year ago I found a list of existing communist subdivisions in different countries, but now I cannot find it anymore. That list consisted of 7-10 entries, and definitely listed Kerala state in ...
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Russia: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma [closed]

In 1939 Winston Churchill described Russia as: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma I'm curious to try to understand Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of the Russians ...
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Has there ever been a socialist economy where production was controlled democratically by workers directly without Capitalists or auth-left parties?

What would essentially be democratic socialism. where the means of production are owned by workers unlike in the soviet union where workers' councils only had nominal power and were driven by the ...
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Is (and why is) the original theory of socialism/communism of Karl Marx very unlikely to become the theoretical foundation of any democratic regime?

Nowadays it seems that many young people are embracing Marxism (or some sort of illusion of it. As Obie 2.0 commented below, many of them probably don't really know what the original Marxism really is)...
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According to Marx, is Communism a workable system or an unreachable ideal?

I have heard opposing arguments about whether or not Communism was intended to be an unreachable ideal, or a workable system. Has Marx ever commented, either in the communist manifesto or otherwise, ...
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In communist planet with one state, are all people shareholders? [duplicate]

In communist planet with one state, are all people shareholders on all property? Or rather there are two sets of properties --- one of the government faction and one of the non government faction? ...
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Are modern state governments just a group that administers the businesses of the bourgeoisie? [closed]

I recently read the Communist Manifiesto and in the very fist chapter the authors claim that The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

In single-party states like the former eastern bloc (Soviet Union, East Germany, ...), there is only one dominant party. One thing that has always bothered me is that this is a contradiction in itself:...
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What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese Government?

What is the relationship between Confucianism and the Chinese government? If the question is too broad, then I am primarily wondering how does the current Chinese government view Confucianism? What ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
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Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? [duplicate]

Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? General Motors sold more cars in China than in the United ...
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Confused about the term 'Bourgeoisie'!

Bourgeoisie is defined by, the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes As refer to Google define, Here, I see it actually means the ...
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What is armed struggle and why did it work in countries like Nepal but not in Phillipines and Peru? [closed]

Philippines,Peru and Nepal seem to the similar countries economically. Then why did the armed struggle work only in Nepal and not in all these places? Where did the government go right in these places ...
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Why did the US recognize PRC when it was concerned about the spread of Communism?

Here is mentioned that: In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US ...
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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?

The actions taken by these governments seem to be more fascist than communist. The term communism is used to describe so many contradicting policies and it is very confusing.
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Is monarchy dismissed by communist ideology?

I imagine that monarchy is quite negative in the eyes of communists. It consists of inequality by default. But I cannot find any sources claiming that indeed the communist propaganda is against the ...
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What is the CPC's intention behind expansionism?

The Communist Party of China has provoked territorial disputes with almost all of it's neighbours. In the recent past, they had one of these with India, but are currently engaged with India to de-...
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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

The definition of Communism: Communism is a political and economic ideology that positions itself in opposition to liberal democracy and capitalism, advocating instead a classless system in which the ...
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How can the nazis be socialit and anti-communist? [duplicate]

The nazi germany was a national-socialist country and as i know socialism is a stage before the communism , so how can the nazis be anti-communist ?
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Are all the companies in communism ideology nationalized?

Is it true that in the ideology of communism, the government owns all the companies and the exploitable resources? Also, what about the socialist countries and socialism as an ideology and are there ...
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Is there any fundamental difference between communism and corporations?

I was just thinking that essentially, a communist country like Maoist China did not seem very different than a very large corporation. Both are centrally managed, tightly control their citizens/...
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Why did communism not succeed in the USA?

Did the Communist Party in the USA, or any other ideological party other than capitalism, ever gain considerable power in the USA, and why is capitalism still the leading ideology in America?
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How communist is everyday life in China? [closed]

Answers to Is China considered to be democratic range from "theoretically yes, but..." to "No!". Question: From a perspective of the life experience of everyday people, how much does political ...
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Is there an elaboration on Roger Martelli's conclusion that left-populism is doomed to fail?

In reading an article about Chantal Mouffe's work, some of which advocated for left-populism, I found this bit interesting: According to Mouffe, who is also a philosopher of art, only Jean-Luc ...
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What is a simple concise way to explain the difference between socialism and communism to others

I've seen many people refer to communism and socialism as if they are the same thing, when they clearly are not. I'm aware of the difference and know there are many sources that explain it, so I'm ...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

I read polls suggesting that 70% of Russians today support Joseph Stalin's actions when he was in charge of the Soviet Union as its Premier. Why is his approval rating so high in Russia despite of all ...
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