Communism: How Bad Can It Be? Everybody in my class liked Mr. Debenedetto the social studies
teacher. He barely gave homework and class was fun. Who would not like him? This was one of the few classes for me to be listening intently. I was interested in the topic we were currently studying: communism. We were discussing about how America was always against communism whether it be the Vietnam War or the Cold War. At that time I did not know the true meaning of communism. The textbook definitions were always wordy and confusing. What does “a theory or system of social organization based on the holdings of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or ...view middle of the document...
The librarian looked into the database and found only two books. One of which, Communism by Nigel Ritchie, I thought was going to be an easy read since it was a picture book. However my intuition was wrong. The book gave me a lot of information on communism’s history, but there were so many political words that I needed to look up such as socialism and capitalism.
Perhaps the fact that Americans do not know what communism is what causes them to follow the general “anti-communist” crowd. This is not hard to believe since the idea of communism is hard to grasp. ++++++++++++++++++++ Karl Marx, who was a German philosopher and economist, founded the idea of communism. He wrote the three parts of the theoretical basis: “historical materialism, the division of society into “base and superstructure,” and the class struggle”. “Once communism had been achieved (with the abolition of private ownership and social class, humankind could then develop to its fullest potential.” Marx made economical production as the driving force behind human development. All societies were founded on an economical “base” divided into two parts: the “material forces of production (how people exploit their environment) and (2) the “relations of production” (how that exploitation is regulated). Marx’s view of history was one of permanent class struggle between the haves and have-nots (Ritchie, 5-7).
After finding out what communism is, I looked to see what countries are communist. The current communist countries are China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. (www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933874.html) Furthermore, I read many blogs discussing why they believe communism is bad. One blogger states that he believes that communism does not allow ownership of property. If communism is like that, no one would like it. However, this is not the case. People think that communism does not allow ownership but it is only because the government wants equality of classes. If that it the case, then why are there so many peasants and also millionaires in Communist countries?
Since I needed an interview source, I wondered if any of my extended family or even my close family was part of the Communist party in China. Even if they were not, they would probably know someone. So, I decided to ask my mom since so many of her relatives are still in China. After I asked her, her answer made me very optimistic. “Of course, I’m pretty sure my older sister was part of the Cultural Revolution,” she said. Having called my grandparents so many times, I knew how to make a long distance call. I had to wait until nighttime since it would be daytime in China.
When I called, my aunt picked up. We began the casually: talking about school and how were we doing. At last, she finally asked me, “So, what are you calling about”. My aunt knew that there was something I needed, since I rarely call my family...