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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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Is Communism intrinsically authoritarian?

As a consequence of the recent developments in China, I’ve heard a lot of commentary which characterises authoritarianism as an inevitable consequence of a Communist state. How true is this statement?...
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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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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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What is the nature of the "communist government" that West Bengal had for 34 years?

Till 2011, the Indian state of West Bengal had been under what the papers called "communist rule" for 34 years. I never really understood what this meant. In a socialist country, how can a state have ...
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

Are classless societies and religion mutually exclusive? I believe that this is one of the major hurdles of communism; that the only way to remove socioreligious classes would be to ban religion, but ...
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Why do Communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

Why did both communist people and Communist states oppose religion so much, sometimes with violence and arson. There are many other secular non-Communist states in the world that do not have such a ...
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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 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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Why won't the two main French far-left parties unite and present a single candidate?

Lutte ouvrière (LO) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) are both French far-left communist parties and they are both represented by a candidate during the French 2017 presidential elections, why ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols?

NOTE: to narrow down the question, I will make the following narrowing: Nazi symbols: salute and the swastika used in clear connection to Nazi (i.e. not this one) Communist symbols: hammer and sickle ...
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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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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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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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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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How can communism be totalitarian?

I'm quite a newbie to history and politics so a sentence from Huxley surprised me (it might not be surprising for you). In Brave new world revisited (1958) he writes: It is a pretty safe bet that, ...
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What social class would Marx consider himself a member of?

Marx considers various social classes in The Manifesto of the Communist Party, among them: the bourgeoisie, the proletariat, the middle class, and the 'dangerous' classes of social scum. Marx was in a ...
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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 China really Communist?

Having read Karl Marx, and seeing the 10 tenets of Communism, I find it hard to consider China as a Communist country. Just trying to stick to the 10 tenets. Abolition of private property, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's the right terminology for a democratic, free and and anti-dictatorial socialism/communism?

Socialism has been associated with communist/socialist dictatorships at the time of the Cold War, and the nowadays dictatorships such as China and North Korea. The biggest argument against socialism ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Karl Marx ever use any example that involved cotton and dollars to illustrate the way capital and surplus value were generated?

I live in country with a communist ideology, and Marxism-Leninism courses are mandatory in college. As much as I appreciate some basics on dialectical materialism, I can't help but disdain the way ...
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Does any Islamist party have policies in other areas that would be considered left wing?

Some Islamist parties such as Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt seems to be conservative and aligned with right political wing. Are there any Islamist parties that are aligned with left political wing or ...
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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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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

In this question, a person asks why it's so easy to ban Nazi symbols and so hard to ban communist symbols: Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols? ...
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Is Fascism ideologically descended from communism?

Georges Sorel was a Marxist, who later developed Sorelianism, which later became Fascism. To quote Benito Mussolini himself: I owe most to Georges Sorel. This master of syndicalism by his rough ...
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Anarcho-Communism distribution of wealth

How would a society based on anarcho-communism, or even communism without state, distribute the wealth so people could buy food, leisure products and other varied items. Who would distribute 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 are the ideological differences between the Soviet Union and Noam Chomsky?

What the Soviet Union used to be is usually considered a socialist state. Noam Chomsky is a political activist who is also considered a socialist. Still, Noam Chomsky appears to have a very ...
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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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Can communism be effective in a post scarcity economy?

Recently following the discussion by politicians in US elections of "getting jobs back", it seemed clear to me that this phase of losing jobs can't be stopped or even slowed: it's the natural and ...
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Sino-Indian War of 1962 [closed]

What was the reason behind Sino-Indian war of 1962? Was it a Communist invasion of Indian territory? Another version I heard was that it was the forward policy of India which provoked PRC for a war. ...
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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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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, ...