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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

When Marx used the term 'class', he wasn't referring to hierarchical organizational structures. He was referring to more-or-less permanent and impermeable social distinctions. For the sake of the ...
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Confused about the term 'Bourgeoisie'!

The Wikipedia page for Bourgeoisie is informative, and worth the read. Strictly speaking, there was no equivalent of middle, upper, or lower classes (in the modern usage of the terms) prior to perhaps ...
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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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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

Marx defines class in relation to means of production. Instead of "typical" division into "upper", "middle" and "lower" class, there are only two classes: "...
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How does nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

I would argue that you are roughly 100 years out of date with the idea that "high establishment is a closed class of rich nobles." The landmark Act was the 1911 Parliament Act. After Conservative ...
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

The traditional Marxist perspective is that communisim and religion are incompatible, but this is not a "problem" because it is the collapse in religion that is one of the events leading to the ...
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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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Is America more egalitarian than other countries?

Likely not, at least by social mobility index. If you were born into a poor family in Denmark, it would take at least two generations to reach the median income, or three in Sweden, Finland and ...
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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

Classes are defined according to their access to the means of production and to what they do with their ability to work. It has nothing to do with ranks in the army or on the work place.
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

Anabaptists (especially of Munster) basically tried to build an officially-classless society. (of course, as is 100% the case when someone tries to do that, some animals got to be more equal than ...
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Private ownership of productive resources as basis for existence of social classes?

Is there a core of fairly widespread (not fringe) theory which argues for another factor as the origin of social classes? Oh goodness yes! Divine Will During the later ages of classical theory, ...
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For what stated reasons (not opinion) is classical communism antagonistic towards the bourgeoisie more than the aristocracy?

In the first volume of Das Kapital [Chapters 26-32], Marx describes how during the late middle ages / early renaissance, part of the feudal aristocracy in England started to see wealth and money as a ...
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Is America more egalitarian than other countries?

According to the Gini coefficient, which is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income inequality, the wealth inequality, or the consumption inequality within a country. The ...
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Who coined the term "precariat"?

The term actually dates from at least 19th century (though nothing seems found before from 1500s to 1870s): From "The English Village Community Examined in Its Relations to the Manorial and ..." By ...
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

As I have pointed out previously, there are versions of communism that are religious and don't require religion to be removed. Only Marxist communism and certain versions of communism advocate for the ...
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Who coined the term "precariat"?

I'm gonna note this titbid here because it's too long for a comment. The "precariat" word was indeed used in the manifest of the Italian group that organised the 2004 San Precario gig, namely in "Il ...
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Confused about the term 'Bourgeoisie'!

Why did Karl Marx use a term representing middle class instead of upper rich class? Any background? Yeah, the background is time. You are using modern definitions (which change a lot over time) and ...
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How does nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

This question based on some British films. There are, nearly always, close ties inside high establishment. Which films? This is rather like basing one's perception of America off cowboy movies. The ...
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What is the relationship between communism and 'a classless system'?

Types of social systems (according to Marxists) As the other answers have already stated, the classes are defined by their relationship towards the means of production - that is the material and the ...
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How does nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

Short Answer In a nutshell, aristocrats, and their extended families who are not aristocrats, make up an outsized share of the power and wealth elites of modern Britain. But, they have largely lost ...
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Private ownership of productive resources as basis for existence of social classes?

private ownership of productive resources is the basis of the existence of social classes. Well, this isn't mainstream Marxism. Marxism posits that social classes are formed by differing relations ...
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Is America more egalitarian than other countries?

The question confuses the equality of opportunity with the equality of outcome. Most European social democracies aim at the latter, by introducing various measures bringing down those who are "...
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How can a classless society exist with religion?

I would simply draw the questioner's attention to an oft-repeated adage about the British Labour Party. It is that "Labour owes more to Methodism than it does to Marxism". And for a good ...
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