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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

Fundamental to communist ideology is the common ownership of the means of production and abolishment of social classes and social hierarchy. In practice, that means no (or very few) private property ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

TL;DR: because communism did, in fact, kill people. Between 23 million (low estimate) and 100 million (high estimate) of them killed by regimes that collectively self-branded themselves as led by "...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in western countries? Simple answer is them vs us. This was previously nationality, but cold-war era saw this them vs us line drawn more ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

Communism has committed atrocities far greater than the Holocaust. Holodomor: up to 12 million dead Khmer Rouge: up to 3 million dead The Great Leap Forward: up to 55 million dead Tanzania ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States? Short Answer The background necessary to accurately answer your question is complex in both history and culture, ...
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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?

A searchable PDF suggests it's been freely translated: Apologies for using an image, but the side-by-side didn't paste sensibly. You can see that the currency is different but has been converted; the ...
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According to Marx, is Communism a workable system or an unreachable ideal?

The main thrust of Das Capital is that Communism is not only a workable system, but an inevitable consequence of the flow of history, and of the instabilities inherent in the capitalist system, which ...
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Did Marx or some other marxist say something like war benefits the rich at the expense of the poor?

There have been many pronouncements of this type; they became particularly popular during and after WWI; although during the war the position of the socialist parties was that not so much about the ...
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For what stated reasons (not opinion) is classical communism antagonistic towards the bourgeoisie more than the aristocracy?

We can see that classical communism didn't perceive the aristocracy to be a threat or enemy, at least not as much as the bourgeoisie. The communist manifesto describes the aristocracy in 1848 as "...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

What is the reason for this idea that communism is evil or like Nazism and fascism and aims to kill people? Because the leaders of Communist nations (chiefly Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot) happily ...
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Would Marx consider salary workers to be members of the proleteriat?

In Marxist Class theory: The first criterion divides a society into the owners and non-owners of means of production. In capitalism, these are capitalist (bourgeoisie) and proletariat. Finer ...
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According to Marx, is Communism a workable system or an unreachable ideal?

As best I can interpret Marx, it's a mistake to think of Marxism — referring to that ultimate form of political community — as a particular system, structure, or process. Marxism is any of a set of ...
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What did Marx and Engels mean by "Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes."?

Marx and Engels believed that after a communist revolution, all land would no longer be owned by individual people but would be considered common property. That would mean that private people who ...
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What social class would Marx consider himself a member of?

The bourgeoisie in Marx' class theory was the caste of entrepreneurs which employed people from the proletariat to work for them and increase their capital. Marx made most of his income as a self-...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

I'm going to posit that nobody really knows the correct answer--and in fact there probably isn't any one answer that's entirely correct. Consider just a few of the possibilities: Americans have been ...
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Is the economics theory of Karl Marx regarding technological progress realistic to the end?

In short, it turned out to be not nearly as bad as Marx though it would be during the 20th century, and how much it will impact the 21st century is in debate nowadays. Note that Marx has never been ...
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Did Marx or some other marxist say something like war benefits the rich at the expense of the poor?

The closest thing I found is a song by rebelling/deserting German soldier in the closing days of WWI. It’s all a Swindle: The War is for the Wealthy, The Middle Class must give way. The People ...
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Did Marx or some other marxist say something like war benefits the rich at the expense of the poor?

What you describe, is referred to by the term "imperialism", i.e. a policy that involves a nation extending its power by the acquisition of lands by purchase, diplomacy or military force. While you ...
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What did Fidel Castro mean by "A revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters."?

The Quote Castro is referring to the "dictatorship of the proletariat". He means to say that in the revolution the workers will act as a dictatorship, controlling their former masters. There are two ...
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Is there a contradiction between Marxism and post-modernism?

I don't know what Peterson means by this, but according to Wikipedia's definition of postmodernism: While encompassing a wide variety of approaches and disciplines, postmodernism is generally ...
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Lumpenproletariat In Marxist Theory?

What is the lumpenproletariat? First off, the lumpenproletariat are proletariat. They are part of the working class ("owning nothing but their labor"). In general Marx broke society into two high-...
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For what stated reasons (not opinion) is classical communism antagonistic towards the bourgeoisie more than the aristocracy?

You seem to be very focused on Russia in your question, but both Marx and Engels were born in what is now the Westernmost part of Germany and lived most of their lives in countries nearby (Belgium, ...
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Did Karl Marx support taking over the means of production by using force or violence?

Both Marx and Engels considered class struggle as a tool to overthrow the capitalists. This struggle can be achieved in various ways from minor (strikes) to major (civil wars). Marx analysed how ...
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Do people self-identify as "cultural Marxist"?

From the Wikipedia page on the Frankfurt School: "Cultural Marxism" in modern usage refers to a conspiracy theory which sees the Frankfurt School as part of an ongoing movement to take over ...
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Did Che Guevara help send Gay people to labor camps also called UMAP?

This related question on skeptics.SE might answer the question: Did Fidel Castro put gay people into concentration camps?. Cuba operated forced labor camps for those that did not want to, or were ...
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Is Fascism ideologically descended from communism?

Prior to developing fascism, Mussolini was a socialist in the Marxist sense. During WW1, Mussolini recognised that it wasn't class that drew people together most strongly, it was cultural, ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

I think it is unusual to not have totalitarian communism (not to be equated with moderate forms of socialism) viewed as an evil. It's particularly in Europe, where many leading intellectuals harbor ...
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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?

The translation in pjc50's answer is useful, but I don't think they identified the right spot. Something that vaguely matches the quote in the original question starts at page 595 in the PDF. I think ...
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