The Rise And Fall Of Equality

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THE RISE AND FALL OF EQUALITY
December 9th, 1989 10:45 pm was a definitive moment in the course of modern politics, not just because it marks the dissolution of some wall, but because it marks the collapse of a political system which had dominated the better part of the 20th century. It marks the collapse of a philosophy which promised universal liberation, but soon turned into a doctrine of oppression. It marks the collapse of communism.
Communism’s lifespan was a mere 140 years, from the fiery prose of the 1848 Communist Manifesto to the storming of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. What began as the musings of a handful of exiled intellectuals metastasised into a global movement that ...view middle of the document...

The birth and death of communism, which is extensively regarded as enigmatic, was actually caused due to rather simplistic reasons. You see, communism was like prohibition. It was a good idea, but it couldn’t work. At first all the people were equal, but after some time, some tended to become more equal than the others. Communism was born out of two flawed theories – Marx’s belief that international capitalism was about to collapse, and Lenin’s belief that the party could represent the interests of the proletariat. It died as a consequence of two more flawed theories – a fundamental chink in the ideologies of a communist state; and Gorbachev’s conviction that communism could be renewed by reform.

More than two decades have passed since the fall of communism, but its insidious presence still haunts this country. I believe this particular ideology to have perished with evolution, and find all that is propagated in its name a glorified farce. The concept of communism has been vacillated and mutated to such an extent, that we are left with an acerbic visage of a once naïve catechism. Various governments and parties in the world still advocate their allegiance to this creed, but have in essence transposed with time. You don’t add an engine and headlights to a bicycle and still call it a bicycle. You call it a motorcycle. Take the example of the Indian Communist parties. No matter how much they assay to tailor the definition of communism, and no matter how many suffixes they might add to their names (they do keep accentuating with Marxism, Maoism, Leninism, Stalinism, etc.), they can never do away with the fact that they are truly tormented by the ghost of a decadent past. Some loyalists might say the primal values of communism are still intact within these parties. Sadly, they are mistaken. When you acquiesce to one ideology, you must shun its opposite. Communism calls for a classless society, a society with no personal wealth, and it is due to the very lack of...

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